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

The online module, Awareness @ UAB, provides a framework for understanding basic diversity concepts for all employees at UAB. Awareness @UAB is the fist of a five-part series designed to explore the impact of identities in workplace interactions and relationships and provide strategies for improving our practices and culture.

Completing the online video Awareness @ UAB is required to register for any classes in the education series. 

The education series consists of:

Part 1: Awareness @ UAB

Part 1: Awareness @ UAB

The twenty-minute online video completed prior to registering for other ODEI classes is available in the LMS and can be accessed at any time.

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Part 2: Cultural Awareness Building Blocks

Part 2: 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.

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Part 3: Safe Zone Training

Part 3: Safe Zone Training

The SafeZone program offers LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning) awareness training is designed for all UAB faculty and staff. This two-hour session provides 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 third in the series of five 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.

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Part 4: Unconscious Bias

Part 4: 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 fourth in the series of five 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.

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Part 5: Bystander Intervention

Part 5: 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 fifth in the series of five 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.

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