intoThe Center for Teaching and Learning is committed to supporting faculty in developing learning environments that include diverse perspectives and viewpoints from other world cultures. To accomplish this goal, the CTL has partnered with INTO UAB to provide faculty and staff with ongoing team-based training, including teaching strategies, tips, and tools for working with and teaching international students. The Global Awareness workshop series, along with these resources are provided as a starting point for intercultural awareness, understanding, and effectiveness.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Global Awareness workshops are presented by DEI Education Director, Amanda Shaffer, and include the following topics: Cultural Awareness Building Blocks, SafeZone Training, Unconscious Bias Training, and Bystander Intervention. See below for all workshop descriptions.

For more information about this workshop series, contact the UAB Center for Teaching and Learning.


  • April

Workshop registration links will be available soon.

 

"Bystander Intervention" by Amanda Shaffer

 


For additional resources on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion workshops, please contact:

Amanda Shaffer, Diversity Education Director - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

 


  • DEI Workshop Descriptions

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 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
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 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
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.