Dear Faculty and Staff,
Last summer, Vice Chancellor Joan Prince and I charged a group of faculty and staff, led by Associate Vice Chancellor Chia Youyee Vang, to develop training that serves as a foundational step in our path toward racial equity. We are pleased to announce next week’s launch of anti-racist, anti-bias training for all faculty and staff.
The Racial Justice and Equity program includes five modules to help us all understand the influence of implicit racial biases on our behavior, coupled with practical actions we can take to combat racism and foster inclusion and belonging for all. The program consists of commitment messages from both of us, an introduction, and these modules:
- Module 1: Self-Assessment
- Module 2: History of Race
- Module 3: Power and Privilege
- Module 4: The Power of Implicit (Unconscious) Bias
- Module 5: Allyship Fundamentals and Leadership Actions to Foster Belonging
Members of the Chancellor’s extended cabinet completed the program this past December, with positive assessments.
The required training is estimated to take 3.5 hours (excluding optional materials). Faculty and staff will have until May 30, 2021 to complete the training. Modules can be completed on your own or with others. A limited number of facilitated group sessions will be offered this spring in the form of six-week discussion cohorts. Sign up by Feb. 18 to be part of a facilitated cohort. Please send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This training is our latest specific action to truly reflect our commitment to an inclusive teaching, learning, research and work culture and climate that embraces and values the best of each of us. Our work will continue until diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives are thoroughly integrated and more equitable outcomes are realized for all.
Mark A. Mone, PhD
Joan Prince, PhD
Vice Chancellor, Global Inclusion and Engagement