Workshop Descriptions

Name Description Workshop Type
ADA Training for Faculty West Chester University is committed to fostering an environment where individuals with varying degrees of abilities can thrive academically within the classroom. In this workshop, faculty are provided with current information regarding ADA law, best practices, as well as policy information related to the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Education. Special attention will be paid to accommodations and modified attendance agreements. Elective
Becoming a Male Ally at Work This LinkedIn Learning course is led by Emilie Aries: "Gender diversity in the workplace drives innovation and performance. As a male ally, you can help boost diversity by chipping away at the systems that perpetuate everyday unconscious bias. In this course, Emilie Aries shares simple actions you can take right away to further gender equality in your workplace. Get tips for amplifying women's voices at work, including how to use your power to pass the mic to those whose voices often go unheard. Learn how to challenge the common leadership-likability double bind that women face as they rise through the ranks. Plus, learn how to sponsor women at work, shoulder your share of emotional labor, and more." Elective
Communicating About Culturally Sensitive Issues This LinkedIn Learning course is led by Daisy Lovelace: "Discussions about cultural differences can be uncomfortable. They take courage. In this course, business communication professor Daisy Lovelace shares principles and strategies that can help you have more productive, meaningful conversations on topics related to diversity. Daisy helps you understand that everyone has a unique lens based on their experiences, and that understanding and appreciating that difference is the first step in being able to discuss sensitive topics. She also outlines a number of techniques to help you navigate these difficult conversations." Elective
Confronting Bias: Thriving Across Our Differences

This LinkedIn Learning course is led by Verna Myers and Ariana Huffington: "Find greater meaning, well-being, and productivity by learning how to interact with others across differences. Continue your Thrive journey and discover how to create inclusive environments where everyone can thrive. In this course, Arianna Huffington and Verna Myers discuss the impact of our cultural lens on our daily relations and how to counter bias in our words and actions."

Courageous Conversations about Race: How did we get here? How do we move forward?

An opportunity to engage diverse groups across the West Chester community in meaningful, open and honest discussions, information sharing, and skill-building about race and related topics that have fractured our society. Discussion topics will include: Bystander Intervention, Healing and Restoration, Implicit Bias, Race Relations in the Workforce, White Fragility."

Cross-Cultural Communications & Conflict Resolution

Through a highly interactive activity, this workshop will allow participants to personally examine how communication and culture are interrelated, explore intercultural communications and learn strategies to address cross-cultural conflict. (Note: this workshop requires a minimum of 20 participants and maximum of 40 participants)

Cultivating Cultural Competence and Inclusion

This LinkedIn Learning course is led by Mary Francis Winters: "Inclusive work environments can yield greater creative output, boost employee morale, and benefit a company’s bottom line. But even as a slew of modern companies make strides towards true workplace inclusivity, many still miss the mark. This is often due to a lack of cultural competence, or the ability to engage and adapt across cultural differences. In this course, instructor Mary-Frances Winters explains why cultural competence is key to the success of any diversity-related initiative, as well as how to assess and grow your own cultural competence. She shares scenarios and techniques that can help you grasp how your worldview impacts your behavior, as well as how to more effectively engage and adapt across cultural differences."

Developing Cross-Cultural Intelligence

This LinkedIn Learning course is led by Tatiana Kolovou: "Being able to work across cultures is an increasingly necessary skill for all employees. Communications expert Tatiana Kolovou helps you develop the cross-cultural intelligence to navigate cultural differences. She outlines the six primary areas of cultural difference, highlighting the differences between high- and low-context cultures. Once you can recognize the differences, she helps you use visual and nonvisual cues in the environment to inform your actions and respond effectively. The course closes with two scenarios that demonstrate how to apply the principles of cross-cultural intelligence."

Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging This LinkedIn Learning course is led by Pat Wadors: "Diversity is having a culture that values uniqueness: people of different backgrounds, cultures, genders, and races. Inclusion means inviting diverse groups to take part in company life. If you're tuned into conversations about HR, you've probably heard these terms before. But there's a third critical piece: belonging. It's belonging that makes each individual feel accepted for who they are. Explore the diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DIB) approach, and discover how to activate it in your organization. Join HR luminary Pat Wadors as she explains how to drive the conversation on DIBs, hire and retain diverse talent, listen to employees, and integrate DIBs into your employee life cycle. Managers and executives should tune in for special tips on embedding DIBs in the employee experience." Core
Diversity Recruiting This LinkedIn Learning course is led by Stacey Gordon: "As a buzzword, "diversity" sounds good, but speaking frankly about age discrimination, gender bias, and hiring disparities can take many talent acquisition professionals out of their comfort zone. In this course, Stacey Gordon explains how to confidently approach the topic of bias and successfully address it when recruiting. She outlines the most common mistakes that recruiters make as well as ways to assess your current recruiting strategy to achieve success." Elective
Inclusive Instructional Design This LinkedIn Learning course is led by Samantha Calamari: "Does the training you create really reflect your audience? Have you considered someone’s geographical location, learning preference, or accommodation needs? These types of questions should be core to the instructional design process. In this course, learn how to make sure your training is inclusive by considering everything from your graphics to the subject matter experts (SMEs) you select. Instructor Samantha Calamari illuminates ways in which individuals with different learning styles, abilities, and cultural backgrounds can be left out of traditional learning experiences. Throughout the course, she shares techniques and design methods that can help your training resonate with these—and all potential—audiences." Also appropriate for students looking to use best practices in their student projects and presentations. Elective
Inclusive Leadership 1.0: Understanding the Identity Compass This workshop is designed to build community and introduce campus community members to the various identities represented at WCU. Identities depict the way we see ourselves in relation to those around us. They are comprised of many traits and social roles, chosen and unchosen, visible and invisible. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to consider the impact of multiple aspects of their own identities and share their stories with others engaged in the same process of discovery. Core
Inclusive Leadership 2.0: Valuing Diversity & Inclusion at WCU This workshop is designed to help individuals gain insight and learn the foundational concepts of diversity and how to foster an environment that makes students and/or employees feel valued and included. Participants will engage in self-reflection, define and discuss terms such as diversity, inclusion and others. Through exercises, videos, and dialogue participants examine the ways that personal dimensions of diversity impact the workplace, classrooms and organizations. Core
Inclusive Leadership 3.0: Recognizing & Responding to Microaggression What are microaggressions? How can they harm individual members of the campus community? Participants in this workshop will gain a better understanding of this form of bias and the building blocks that contribute to microaggressions. The workshop facilitator uses interactive activities and discussions to help participants recognize microaggressions and learn strategies for addressing the messages sent that can create a feeling of marginalization among community members. Elective
Individuals with Disabilities: Creating an Accommodating and Inclusive Environment WCU is committed to fostering an environment where individuals with varying degrees of abilities can thrive academically and within the campus community workforce. In this workshop, attendees are provided with an overview of the resources available, best practices, as well as policy information related to the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Education. Elective
Latino/a Communities Conference This interdisciplinary conference critically addresses the issue of immigration and the importance of supporting and strengthening the Latina/o community in the current political, social, cultural, and economic environment and provides a creative space to enhance the understanding of Latino/a issues, contributions and cultures. Elective
Leading Inclusive Teams This LinkedIn Learning course is led by Daisy Lovelace: "High-performing teams are comprised of employees who feel empowered, valued, and accepted. By taking steps to establish an inclusive team dynamic, you can positively impact both your team's morale and your bottom line. In this course, learn how to create a shared understanding of why inclusion is important for your team, as well as revamp your own leadership and communication practices to ensure that your diverse team continues to thrive. Instructor Daisy Lovelace shows how to give everyone a chance to participate in these efforts and create an environment that makes everyone feel comfortable bringing their true self to the office—without ever feeling like an outsider. Learn how to model open communication, discover implicit associations, delegate work equitably, and more." Elective
Managing a Diverse Team This LinkedIn Learning course is led by Vanessa Womack: "Team leaders should aim to create an inclusive culture that celebrates differences and fosters the best performance from every team member. In this course, leadership coach Vanessa Womack equips you with knowledge and impactful strategies that can help you successfully manage, counsel, and lead a diverse team. Vanessa first explains how to prepare yourself to lead by identifying cornerstones of diversity and reviewing diversity and inclusion terminology. She then shares strategies for observing and coaching your team to cultivate behaviors that build trust and strengthen relationships." Elective

Managing a Multigenerational Workforce

This LinkedIn Learning course is led by Roberta Matuson: "The workforce is more diverse than ever, especially when it comes to age. Getting multiple generations to work together effectively is critical for business success. In this course, leadership expert Roberta Matuson helps managers gain an understanding of the complexity of leading a workgroup comprised of four or even five generations: traditionalists, baby boomers, Gen Xers, millennials, and Gen Zers. She explains the differences in the cultures in which each generation was raised, and what you can do when managing an employee young enough to be your child and old enough to be your parent. Plus, learn how to leverage each generation's unique strengths." Elective

Teaching Techniques: Making Accessible Learning

This LinkedIn Learning course is led by Oliver Schinkten: "Do all students have equal access to the learning resources and opportunities in your classroom? Learn to provide accommodations to make learning accessible to students with disabilities and meet Section 508 compliance for digital learning. In this course, Oliver Schinkten explores how to modify your classroom and online instruction to accommodate students with special needs. Find out about the different types of disabilities and challenges students may face, and learn how to use assistive technologies such as screen readers and closed captioning, incorporate visual and auditory cues into teaching, and encourage students to seek the learning supports that will help them succeed." Elective
Unconscious Bias Training Everyone has biases. If left unchecked, biases can harm others in the workplace, even if unintentional. This interactive workshop will allow participants to explore how our biases may play out and impact our interactions. In addition, participants will be introduced to scientifically-tested strategies to reduce bias. Core
Universal Design in Learning (UDL): The Plenary Course The goal of UDL is to use a variety of teaching methods to remove any barriers to learning and give all students equal opportunities to succeed. It’s about building in flexibility that can be adjusted for every student’s strengths and needs. This workshop will give an overview of UDL principles, examples of UDL practices, and a discussion of application to current courses. Elective
Veterans Cultural Awareness Training A historic number of military personnel and veterans are enrolling in colleges/universities pursuing higher credentials as they serve within and outside of their military service. Transitioning from the Military to campus life can be challenging for a variety of reasons. Awarded the honor of being a “military-friendly” campus since 2015, West Chester University strives to support the needs and success of our military veteran students and their family members. Veterans Culture Awareness Training (VCAT) is a forum that allows advisors, faculty and staff the opportunity to increase their skills and awareness as it relates to serving military service members, veterans and their families. This forum includes opportunities to hear directly from student veterans about their experience as a Military Service Member and as a student at WCU. Strategies for ensuring inclusive practices and ways to support the success of student veterans are provided through short video clips, case studies, personal stories and group discussions. Resources available to Veterans on campus and in the local community are also shared. Elective