The Office of Equal Opportunity, Equity & Affirmative Action offers training and leadership development opportunities for both UW Oshkosh employees and applicable student-workers. Providing both compliance and inclusive trainings, topics include: Affirmative Action and EEO policies, discrimination, harassment, cultural competency/diversity, gender issues and best practices in staff recruitment/hiring.
Upcoming Training Schedule*
*Dates and topics subject to change*
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Below, you can find a list of trainings offered from our office. Please note, these trainings are introductory in order to familiarize participants with university policy and suggested solutions.
Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination prohibited by law and UW Oshkosh policy. This training covers UW Oshkosh’s policy, with an emphasis on the forms (Hostile Work Environment & Quid Pro Quo) it takes in the workplace, supervisor duties, and reporting options.
UW Oshkosh’s policy is to provide reasonable accommodations for employees with qualified disabilities. This training covers information supervisors need to know regarding compliance with the ADA, including the reasonable accommodation request form and interactive process.
Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. This training will discuss UW Oshkosh’s policy on sexual assault and harassment under Title IX, including its’ history, reporting, responsible employees, and campus resources.
On Dec. 19, 2011, Governor Scott Walker signed Executive Order 54, which requires all University of Wisconsin System employees, volunteers and contractors to report incidents of child abuse and neglect learned of in the course of their employment. Learn your reporting requirements and circumstances to look out for.
This training will teach participants the responsibilities of a tenure observer, pursuant to Faculty Personnel Rules Chapter 4.B.10(3)(b)and C.3(3); as well as a search and screen committee representative pursuant to GOV 6.4(2.3).
Diversity & Inclusion Trainings
As campuses across the country become more diverse, it becomes even more imperative for administrations to understand the array of experiences by current and prospective students and employees. This begins with the development of a cultural competency that equips us all with the tools to interact more authentically with each other. By exploring the concepts of cultural knowledge, awareness, and sensitivity, we can develop creative ways to continue offering an environment that is welcoming and allows for everyone to thrive at UWO.
Individuals deal with daily jokes, slights, and insults (verbal and environmental) in the campus environment. Mostly unintentional, these interactions can generalize, dehumanize, and stigmatize others preventing students from fully experiencing their classrooms and employees from their workplace. This training will define micro-aggressions, detail its different forms, impact on the targets, and provide solutions to reduce it in your environment.
Whether it is in hiring, daily interactions, promotions, or interpersonal interactions, everyday decisions are made by well-intended people who miss the unconscious socializations that led them there. Once uncovered, bias is an issue that we can strategize to rid ourselves of. This training will define unconscious bias and ways to identify, examine & alleviate ourselves of our personal biases, including those that occur most often in the academic setting.
This training will examine different forms of unlawful discrimination and harassment with an emphasis on understanding the intricacies of a ‘Protected Class’ from a legal perspective. Also, we will explore preventative measures for employees and supervisors to avoid such incidents in the workplace.
According to a 2011 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 51 percent of responding organizations reported incidents of bullying in their workplaces. This training will cover the impact of workplace bullying on employees, departments, and how it becomes harassment against UWO policy. We will also discuss reporting requirements for all employees, particularly supervisors, and what each of us can do to alleviate this behavior.
Also, check out the Awareness Training for Leadership Advancement Series (A.T.L.A.S) Certification program!
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. For more information on this program visit the A.T.L.A.S. Page.