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University Hosts Workshop on Bias Awareness Feb. 26 for Staff
The Office of the Interim Chief Diversity Officer and the Office of Human Resources are hosting a workshop led by Al Vivian, president and CEO of Basic Diversity, to deepen campus discussions on bias awareness on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The workshop, which follows the presentation last December by a national expert on diversity and inclusion, will focus on furthering awareness and skill development around bias and its impact on employee interactions.
The workshop will be held 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 304ABC Schine. Registration is required and will be capped at 50 people. A light breakfast will be available beginning at 8 a.m.
“The next stage is to offer programming that provides actionable steps to help us put our enlightenment into practice,” says interim Chief Diversity Officer Keith A. Alford. “This is precisely the aim of Al Vivian’s workshop. At Syracuse University, our commitment to a diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible campus environment is paramount. We are making positive strides in this effort.”
Basic Diversity is one of the nation’s oldest diversity and inclusion consulting firms. The firm works with Fortune 500 companies, colleges and universities, government agencies and nonprofit organizations to help their members understand and connect across cultural differences and maximize the opportunities of diverse organizations. An important part of Vivian’s work is to create “diversity leadership” at every level to ensure leaders create an environment in which every member feels included and engaged.
The workshop discussion will include the following:
- A brief recap of how bias unfolds and how to recognize it.
- How can a staff member work to interrupt the inappropriate comment or gesture heard or seen, in a respectful way?
- How should someone respond if they overhear or see an inappropriate or disrespectful comment, etc.?
- What are some specific action items that individuals can do to help move things forward in a positive direction?
- What “systems” can we put in place to minimize the impact of potential bias?
For more information and to register, visit the Human Resources website.