Diversity Courses

Dialogues on Diversity 

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Education Program offers its Dialogues on Diversity series of courses to all UC Davis affiliates in partnership with UC Davis Learning and Development. Course titles, descriptions, and registration options are listed below. 

 

Diversity Education Courses 

  • Avoiding Bias in the Hiring Process

  • This session explores the power of impressions and its potential influence in the evaluation of job applicants. Using reflection exercises, participants will explore the relationship between impressions and bias and introduce learners to key research involving biases in hiring. Participants will leave the session having greater awareness and understanding of bias theory (coupled with case studies) and strategies in mitigating bias in the hiring process.

    For individuals interested in enrolling in this course, register through the UC Learning Center: 
    Register through the UC Learning Center 

    For units and departments interested in scheduling this course for their team:
    Begin a Department Request

  • Conducting Culturally Inclusive Trainings

  • Developing training programs that engage participants of varied cultural backgrounds, abilities, learning styles, reading levels, and other differences requires thoughtful attention to training design and delivery. This course will give trainers the skills to conduct training courses that address the diverse needs of trainees, and ensure that the training content is accessible for all participants. The instructors will model culturally respectful training and provide valuable tools that novice and expert trainers alike can use.

    For individuals interested in enrolling in this course, register through the UC Learning Center: 
    Register through the UC Learning Center 

    For units and departments interested in scheduling this course for their team:
    Begin a Department Request

  • Conflict Management: Diversity in Conflict Modes

  • Conflict Management is an important aspect of communication, this session will explore diversity in conflict modes and engage each other in how we, as a group, can facilitate effective communication by having greater understanding of how we manage conflict individually and as a group.

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  • Creating and Supporting Inclusive Learning Environments 

  • This session is designed for instructors to prepare strategies in creating an inclusive and welcoming learning environment for diverse students. This session will explore best practices in setting a climate that honors the diversity of our students; operationalizing the Principles of Community; and review of relevant policies regarding disability and religious accommodation, and the role of instructors as mandated reporters. Participants will leave with examples of how to support students’ academic experience in the learning environment. 

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  • Developing Deeper Advising Relationships

  • Developing Deeper Advising Relationships is four-part interactive workshop that will help enhance your advising skills in working with a diverse population of students by identifying their needs in terms of cultural backgrounds and as individuals. Participants must register for all four modules.

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    For individuals interested in enrolling in this course, register through the UC Learning Center: 
    Register through the UC Learning Center

  • Disability Awareness in the Workplace

  • This course will increase your awareness of the lives and experiences of people with disabilities. We will also focus on developing skills to create a workplace environment that is respectful and inclusive of persons with disabilities.

    For individuals interested in enrolling in this course, register through the UC Learning Center: 
    Register through the UC Learning Center 

    For units and departments interested in scheduling this course for their team:
    Begin a Department Request

  • Diversity Awareness for New Supervisors and Leads

  • Supervisors at UC Davis contribute to a campus culture that values diversity. This course covers the skills necessary for working and leading in a multicultural community and explores ways to create a respectful and inclusive work environment. In addition, course discussions will focus on ways to integrate the UC Davis Principles of Community into your workplace.

    For individuals interested in enrolling in this course, register through the UC Learning Center: 
    Register through the UC Learning Center 

    For units and departments interested in scheduling this course for their team:
    Begin a Department Request

  • Diversity Awareness Workshop

  • The Diversity Awareness Workshop (DAW) is a two-day immersive experience open to all UC Davis and UC Davis Health employees with the goal of building awareness about the diversity of the UC Davis campus community and engaging in conversations around what is necessary for cultivating a more inclusive and welcoming campus for everyone. DAW provides an in-depth exploration of issues regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion and engages participants in dialogue aimed at increasing awareness of and sensitivity to diversity.

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  • Implementing the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision 

  • Every organization is called upon to implement UC Davis' Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision. In support of our campus' "To Boldly Go" vision, this session provides an understanding of the goals in the diversity, equity and inclusion strategic vision and the opportunity to explore how organizations may integrate diversity and inclusion as informed by their work.

    For individuals interested in enrolling in this course, register through the UC Learning Center: 
    Register through the UC Learning Center 

    For units and departments interested in scheduling this course for their team:
    Begin a Department Request

  • Inclusive Practices for Student Staff and Leaders

  • Building an environment that doesn't just tolerate, but values diversity requires the active participation of everyone in the organization. Participants in this course will gain practical information about developing personal and organizational cultural competence that can be applied at work, at home or in community organizations.

    This course is designed for student staff and leaders who are serving the campus community in roles such as as tutors, peer mentors, and peer advisors, or who are participating in a cohort program of some kind. Units and departments interested in schedule this course for their student teams can contact us for more information. 

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  • Intercultural Communication and Competence

  • Cultural Competence has been defined as a set of skills and attitudes that allow individuals to effectively and appropriately communicate with people who are different from themselves. A culturally competent organization effectively and appropriately serves a diverse clientele and meets the varied needs of its diverse staff. This program will explore how individuals and organizations can become more culturally competent. Self and organizational assessment models will be presented and the various components of each stage of competence will be discussed.

    For individuals interested in enrolling in this course, register through the UC Learning Center: 
    Register through the UC Learning Center 

    For units and departments interested in scheduling this course for their team:
    Begin a Department Request

  • Intercultural Recruitment and Selection

  • Managers are challenged to understand and develop skills to respond to the needs of a multicultural workforce. In the important task of hiring the best candidate for a job, managers must be aware of how culture affects the way people communicate throughout the selection process. This course will help managers assess their own cultural values and explore how they affect the recruitment, interviewing and selection processes.

    For individuals interested in enrolling in this course, register through the UC Learning Center: 
    Register through the UC Learning Center 

    For units and departments interested in scheduling this course for their team:
    Begin a Department Request

  • Is It Bullying? Awareness, Understanding & Strategies in Dealing with Abrasive Behaviors in the Workplace

  • The objectives of this course are to increase awareness and understanding about bullying and other forms of abrasive behaviors in the workplace, become familiar with the policies and resources related to bullying and other forms of abrasive behavior, learn skills for responding to abrasive behaviors in the workplace, examine one’s own behavior (self-reflection) that impacts interaction with colleagues and workplace climate, and explore strategies for empowering ourselves and others in cultivating inclusive work environments.

    See Anti-Bullying Course For More Information

    For individuals interested in enrolling in this course, register through the UC Learning Center: 
    Register through the UC Learning Center 

    For units and departments interested in scheduling this course for their team:
    Begin a Department Request

  • Leading and Managing a Multicultural Community 

  • Building an environment that doesn't just tolerate, but values diversity requires the active participation of everyone in the organization. This course will provide a model for developing our knowledge and skills to work and lead in a multicultural community. Participants will gain practical information about developing personal and organizational cultural competence that can be applied at work, at home or in community organizations. This session includes an exploration of how the pandemic has impacted this area of DEI.

    For individuals interested in enrolling in this course, register through the UC Learning Center: 
    Register through the UC Learning Center 

    For units and departments interested in scheduling this course for their team:
    Begin a Department Request

  • LGBTQIA+ Inclusion in the Workplace

  • Our campus strives for inclusion excellence in our policies and practices that consider the experiences of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) community members. This course introduces laws and policies that inform our practices promoting inclusion of the LGBTQIA community. Among the course objectives include broadening our understanding of the experiences of LGBTQIA people on our campus by exploring the culture, language and terminology related to sexual orientation and gender identity. Using case studies, participants will gain awareness and knowledge of the issues that impact members of the LGBTQIA community in the workplace, and will engage in developing strategies the work towards creating a welcoming work environment.

    For individuals interested in enrolling in this course, register through the UC Learning Center: 
    Register through the UC Learning Center 

    For units and departments interested in scheduling this course for their team:
    Begin a Department Request

  • Living the Principles of Community (eCourse)

  • This on-line course is designed to promote inclusiveness and respect in the work and learning environment at UC Davis, introducing the concepts to new members of the campus community while reinforcing them to existing members. Participants, especially UC Davis staff members and academic appointees, will become familiar with ways to integrate the UC Davis Principles of Community into their own workplaces and classrooms. This highly interactive course includes up-to-date information on discrimination, sexual harassment, affirmative action and diversity along with the University’s policies governing these issues. Through realistically subtle and complex scenarios, learners discover that there is more than one “right” way of preventing, managing and resolving conflicts related to these topics. This course will inform and equip participants with essential knowledge and skills, ultimately resulting in fewer such conflicts, improved morale, decreased institutional liability, and a more respectful and inclusive campus environment. Approximately 60 minutes in length.

    For individuals interested in enrolling in this course, register through the UC Learning Center: 
    Register through the UC Learning Center

  • Living the Principles of Community Debrief 

  • This debrief session follows completion of the Living the Principles of Community eCourse. This session engages learners in operationalizing the tenets of our Principles of Community by exploring our rights and responsibilities inherent in this aspirational statement that promotes our diversity. Learners are also introduced to additional concepts related to cultural competency development, and explore how we may identify opportunities in integrating diversity and inclusion in the many parts of our work.

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  • Making the Unconscious Conscious: Understanding and Mitigating Bias

  • Bias, in its most simplistic definition, is having a preference for one thing over another. Also, biases come into play in our impressions and judgment of people, especially those whose identities and experiences are different from our own. This session will explore how we make snap judgments about people by understanding our socialization that informs our biases. Participants will be introduced to theory and language in understanding implicit and explicit bias. Using personal reflection, experiential exercises and case studies, participants will gain greater awareness when they engage in bias and gain essential knowledge and skills (tools) in how they recognize and mitigate biases in both personal and professional domains. This session includes an exploration of how the pandemic has impacted this area of DEI.

    For individuals interested in enrolling in this course, register through the UC Learning Center: 
    Register through the UC Learning Center 

    For units and departments interested in scheduling this course for their team:
    Begin a Department Request

  • Microaggressions: Towards Greater Awareness and Understanding 

  • As cultural beings, we are products of our socialization. Our socialization includes conditioning in how we understand differences and our identities and how those identities are understood and experienced at the individual and structural levels. Using the work of Derald Wing Sue, this session explores the phenomenon of microaggressions in everyday life by increasing awareness of common occurrences; understanding its impact on those who experience them; and exploring strategies on how to mitigate and respond to them. This session includes an exploration of how the pandemic has impacted this area of DEI.

    For individuals interested in enrolling in this course, register through the UC Learning Center: 
    Register through the UC Learning Center 

    For units and departments interested in scheduling this course for their team:
    Begin a Department Request

  • Operationalizing the Principles of Community

  • Operationalizing the Principles of Community is designed to promote inclusiveness and respect in the work and learning environment at UC Davis by exploring actionable applications of our Principles of Community. Participants will use the UC Davis Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision as a framework to continue their own Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) development at work as well as support their larger organizational efforts to promote DEI.

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  • Understanding Diversity and Social Justice

  • This course provides the foundation for understanding various concepts of diversity work by offering a format for exploring topics of social justice, privilege and power. Through personal sharing, group exercises, and dialogue, the ever persistent and ever changing dynamics of personal and societal structures which support inequality will be examined. Participants will also engage in learning skills to become allies for social equity. This session includes an exploration of how the pandemic has impacted this area of DEI.

    For individuals interested in enrolling in this course, register through the UC Learning Center: 
    Register through the UC Learning Center 

    For units and departments interested in scheduling this course for their team:
    Begin a Department Request

  • Understanding Generational Differences

  • There is a growing awareness of the "generational diversity" that exists in the workplace. Older, middle-aged and younger staff members may share common work tasks, but their values, approaches to work, communication styles and perceptions of each other may differ greatly. This course will explore some of the generational differences and provide useful approaches to creating a work environment that is productive and compatible for everyone.

    For individuals interested in enrolling in this course, register through the UC Learning Center: 
    Register through the UC Learning Center 

    For units and departments interested in scheduling this course for their team:
    Begin a Department Request

  • Understanding Religious Differences in the Workplace

  • Our campus community includes a rich diversity of religious and spiritual beliefs and practices. This provides us with both opportunities and challenges as we strive to create environments that respect our various values and observances. This course will share information about various religious and spiritual traditions and offer strategies for honoring religious and spiritual differences in the workplace.

    For individuals interested in enrolling in this course, register through the UC Learning Center: 
    Register through the UC Learning Center 

    For units and departments interested in scheduling this course for their team:
    Begin a Department Request

  • Unpacking Oppression

  • This course offers an opportunity for participants to explore their questions about race and ethnicity in a safe environment. Participants will explore the cultural barriers to dismantling racism. By understanding the realities of privilege and power, we can participate more fully in antiracism work and foster an equitable campus community for everyone. This session includes an exploration of how the pandemic has impacted this area of DEI.

    For individuals interested in enrolling in this course, register through the UC Learning Center: 
    Register through the UC Learning Center 

    For units and departments interested in scheduling this course for their team:
    Begin a Department Request

  • Working with Diverse Student Populations

  • This course will explore the importance of understanding the diversity within our student population, the characteristics of a multicultural institution and the role of cross-cultural communication in effectively working with and advising an increasingly diverse student clientele. Objectives of this course include building skills and competencies to effectively communicate in intercultural interactions. Participants will gain a greater understanding of diversity as it relates to working with our student groups, discuss current practices and develop new ones in supporting our students’ needs, and discover new tools in creating a more welcoming and inclusive environments for our students through exploration of case studies in the area of student advising. 

    For individuals interested in enrolling in this course, register through the UC Learning Center: 
    Register through the UC Learning Center 

    For units and departments interested in scheduling this course for their team:
    Begin a Department Request

 

For Questions

For questions about any of the courses offered through the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Education Program, please contact us at diversityeducation@ucdavis.edu

For questions about the  UC Learning Center Learning Management System (LMS), please contact Learning and Development UC Davis at hr-learning@ucdavis.edu or Learning and Development UC Davis Health at hs-t-d@ucdavis.edu.

For external organizations not affiliated with UC Davis or the University of California system and are interested in any of the courses offered through the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Education Program, please see Services for Organizations Beyond UC Davis.