Diversity Education


The Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion now offers new and expanded education topics. Our goal is to provide the campus community with a greater understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion and its importance as a core value here at UAB.

We have developed a new online module, Awareness @ UAB, that provides a framework for understanding basic diversity concepts for all new employees. Awareness @UAB is the introduction to a four-part series designed to explore the impact of identities in workplace interactions and relationships, and provide strategies for improving our practices and culture.

The education series consists of:

Cultural Awareness Building Blocks

Cultural Awareness Building Blocks

Cultural Awareness Building Blocks provides the framework for gaining a nuanced understanding of the various meanings and the potential impact of, diversity in higher education and the workplace. The session explores the impact of identities in workplace interactions and relationships, and presents strategies and resources to better navigate and embrace cultural difference. Cultural Awareness Building Blocks is the foundational session in in the series of four classes required to achieve the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate, and/or the faculty CTL Global Awareness Certificate. Participants will:
  • Increase their understanding of cultural awareness and how it applies to their work and personal interactions
  • Become familiar with key concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Learn strategies and resources that contribute to an inclusive and welcoming environment.

Safe Zone Training

Safe Zone Training

The SafeZone program offers LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning) awareness training for all UAB faculty and staff. This two-hour session will provide an opportunity to learn about identities, terminology, concepts of gender and sexuality, and ways to create a welcoming and inclusive campus. Participants will also be able to sign up to receive a SafeZone trained sticker to communicate their LGBTQ friendliness, although this is not a requirement of the session. SafeZone is second in the series of four classes required to achieve the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate, and/or the faculty CTL Global Awareness Certificate. Participants will:
  • Increase their understanding of issues and concerns experienced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning faculty, staff and students.
  • Become familiar with current LGBTQ concepts and terminology
  • Acquire access to reliable resources and accurate information that contribute to safer, more inclusive learning and work environments.

Bystander Intervention

Bystander Intervention

Bystander behavior has been the focus of social psychological research for over four decades. Originally developed to reduce the incidence of sexual assault and sexual violence on college campuses, the bystander model is now also used for noticing and intervening with harassing behaviors related to bullying and discrimination of all kinds. Bystander Intervention is the fourth in the series of four classes required to achieve the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate, and/or the faculty CTL Global Awareness Certificate. Participants will:
  • Increase their understanding of common types of microaggressions, bullying and harassment
  • Become familiar with the widely accepted steps to action model for bystander interventions
  • Learn about types of intervention and explore potential barriers to action.

Unconscious Bias

Unconscious Bias

Bias is a "personal, sometimes unreasoned judgement" that can provide unconscious and often erroneous information. Understanding how our personal and cultural biases influence our decision-making and interpersonal interactions is an important step to reducing unconscious bias. Unconscious Bias is the third in the series of four classes required to achieve the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate, or the faculty CTL Global Awareness Certificate. Participants will:
  • Increase their understanding of unconscious biases and its presence in professional and personal behaviors and interactions
  • Become familiar with common types of personal, cultural and social bias
  • Learn about promising practices that reduce bias and contribute to an inclusive and welcoming environment

    Below you will find upcoming sessions, times and locations. These in-person sessions are open to the entire campus and registration is available through the UAB Learning Management System.

    Also, in partnership with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), the four sessions are being offered as part of a newly created Global Awareness Certificate for faculty and staff.

    Please stay tuned for announcements about an exciting new DEI Facilitator Training opportunity in Spring 2019.

     

    To register for Diversity Education sessions please visit the Learning Management System

    The Cultural Awareness Building Blocks live session requires participants to view the 20-minute Awareness at UAB video prior to registration. The video is accompanied by a downloadable resource list and a brief evaluation (Search catalog title: Awareness at UAB – ODEI_003).


    OPEN SESSIONS in LMS

    Cultural Awareness Building Blocks (90 minutes)

    January 9, 2019

    11:30 am – 1:00 pm

    West Pavilion Conference Ctr. Board Room

    January 10, 2019

    8:30 am – 10:00 am

    MT 419A

    January 24, 2019

    8:30 am – 10:00 am

    MT 419A

    February 4, 2019

    8:30 am – 10:00 am

    MT 419A

    February 18, 2019

    8:30 am – 10:00 am

    MT 419A

    March 4, 2019

    8:30 am – 10:00 am

    MT 419A

    March18, 2019

    8:30 am – 10:00 am

    MT 419A

    April 1, 2019

    8:30 am – 10:00 am

    MT 419A

    April15, 2019

    8:30 am – 10:00 am

    MT 419A

    April 29, 2019

    8:30 am – 10:00 am

    MT 419A

    May 13, 2019

    8:30 am – 10:00 am

    MT 419A

    June 10, 2019

    8:30 am – 10:00 am

    MT 419A

    June 24, 2019

    8:30 am – 10:00 am

    MT 419A

    Unconscious Bias

    January 17, 2019

    8:30 am – 10:00 am

    MT 419A

    February 21, 2019

    2:30 am – 4:00 pm

    MT 419A

    Safe Zone Training (2-hours)

    January 29, 2019

    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    AB Penthouse

    February 5, 2019

    11:30 am – 1:30 pm

    West Pavilion Board Room

    Bystander Intervention

    February 12, 2019

    2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

    West Pavilion Board Room

    February 14, 2019

    8:30 am – 10:00 am

    AB Penthouse

    Sessions offered through the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL):

    Please register on their website.

    Cultural Awareness Building Blocks

    January 25, 2019

    11:30 am – 1:00 pm

    Optional additional discussion 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

    CTL

    ED Suite 240K

    SafeZone Training

    February 15, 2019

    11:30 am – 1:30 pm

    Optional additional discussion 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

    CTL

    ED Suite 240K

    Unconscious Bias

    March 22, 2019

    11:30 am – 1:00 pm

    Optional additional discussion 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

    CTL

    ED Suite 240K

    Bystander Intervention

    April 5, 2019

    11:30 am – 1:00 pm

    Optional additional discussion 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

    CTL

    ED Suite 240K