The Office of Equal Opportunity, Equity & Affirmative Action proudly announces the launch of our Awareness Training for Leadership Advancement Series (A.T.L.A.S) Certification program! As campuses and administrations across the country continue to diversify along both racial and experiential lines, an inclusive and inviting environment is essential to meeting present and future University needs. The days of academic institutions reacting from a crisis model are becoming much less common as preventative measures to ensure campus equity prove more effective.
A.T.L.A.S. Certification Tracks:
About A.T.L.A.S. Certification Program:
In accordance with the University’s strategic plan to build an inclusive and supportive institutional environment, this training program serves as a means for UW Oshkosh employees to gain more insight into their compliance responsibilities pertaining to reporting, harassment and discrimination, while addressing social issues of cultural competency— self-reflection into personal biases that may be impacting their workplaces and classrooms.
Acknowledging and taking responsibility of our social responsibilities is not just a moral imperative, but a financial and reputational necessity. In higher education making biased decisions affects the recruitment and selection of staff and students, the ability of staff and students to reach their full potential, and progression of their professional and academic careers. Our collective responsibility in ensuring that our academic programs and campus environment welcome and protect everyone who works, learns, and grows at UWO hinges upon an employee base that is trained on the contributions each individual brings.
By infusing standard compliance trainings, with interactive & engaging diversity workshops with interactive, A.T.L.A.S. will empower each participant to lead creatively and inclusively by:
- Gaining strategies to limit our own unconscious biases and micro-aggressions as they relate to employee recruitment and retention;
- Increasing cultural (thought & action) understanding through competency and anti-discrimination trainings; and
- Personal and campus-centered action plans to utilize diverse experiences & strengths to transform our classrooms and departments into areas of perpetual equity.
“I learned that there is always room for improvement. it brought a much needed dose of reality and I plan on following through on the suggestions offered! The speaker was dynamic and more importantly he fostered his presentation as a conversation and not a lecture. He offered courses of action to follow up on how to change one’s biases.”
“I’m writing to thank you for the training. It was simultaneously informative in new ways, reaffirming of earlier gained knowledge, and compelling to see and hear as you skillfully presented. I attended today mainly because I want to be as self-conscious as I can be regarding my own biases, and how to acknowledge them so that I may be a better, more effective, teacher. So, I was especially receptive when you suggested that challenging micro-aggressions based on bias begins with examining one’s self.”
Training materials, when required, will be sent in digital format prior to the training or supplied by the training facilitator in the course. Participants are encouraged to take hand notes, unless medical reason restricts this ability, and laptops will not be necessary.
This program is free of charge to all UWO Employees.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can I earn credit toward a certificate by attending one-time A.T.L.A.S. training sessions?
A. No. In order to receive credit toward a Diversity and Inclusion, Affirmative Action Representative and/or Youth Protection certificate, you must be registered for the program.
Q. Can I earn credit toward a certificate if I have previously attended the cultural competency trainings (Unconscious Bias, Micro-Aggressions, Developing Cultural Competency, and Power, Privilege, and Oppression) through one-time registration, but decide to register at a later date?
A. Yes. In order to receive credit toward a certificate, the registering participant should select the dates attended and email email@example.com to receive the actions plans associated with each training. The action plans must be completed and approved BEFORE credit will be given.
Q. If I have already attended SAFE training and/or compliance trainings offered by the Office of Equity and Affirmative Action (Hiring @ UWO, Anti-Discrimination, Title IX and Sexual Harassment, Tenure Observation/Affirmative Action Representative, ADA Basics for Employment, Responsibilities for Children in the Workplace or Bystander Intervention), can my certification requirements for these be waived?
A. Yes. When registering, the participant should select the dates attended and email firstname.lastname@example.org requesting these trainings be waived. If you are a trainer and/or have attended a SAFE training since spring 2015, you have the option to waive this requirement.
Q. What is an action plan and why do we have to complete them?
A. An action plan is a document detailing each participant’s steps to ensure implementation of culturally competent and inclusive strategies across the campus community. Oftentimes, participants attend trainings, but come up short in executing solutions discussed to perpetuate equity within our spaces. A.T.L.A.S. was created not only to create awareness, but also to empower participants to lead on campus by taking action. The implementation of these action plans will serve as the final assessment before earning a certificate of completion.
Q. How long are the training sessions?
A. Trainings generally range from an hour and a half to two hours. Sessions that currently fall outside of this average are:
- Bystander Intervention — one hour
- ADA Basics for employment — one hour
- SAFE Training — three hours
- Tenure Observation/Affirmative Action Representative — four hours
Q. What if I don’t have time during the Fall semester to complete the program?
A. Recognizing the hard work everyone puts in on behalf of our students, we have scheduled training sessions throughout the entire 2016-2017 academic year. These offerings can be found when registering for a Diversity and Inclusion, Affirmative Action Representative and/or Youth Protection certificate.