ODEI Short Courses

DEI Short Courses

These 3-session short courses are designed for those who ready to delve a little deeper in order to enhance knowledge, awareness, and skills for diversity and inclusion.

Fast and Slow Thinking: Implicit Bias Series

 Being able to recognize our unconscious biases and not act upon them is a key competence area for managers, supervisors, and anyone else who is concerned with fairness and equity in the workplace.  This research-based series will help participants better understand what implicit biases are, how they function, and how to mitigate their impact in our decisions and behaviors.

Individuals who complete the series will earn the Advanced Skills in Unconscious Bias Badge.


Thursdays 12 -1:30 pm

January 28 (Part 1):   Getting to know our amygdala

February 4 (Part 2):  Understanding the impact of fast thinking on decision-making

February 11 (Part 3): Strategies for mitigating and overriding implicit bias

Building Bridges: Inclusive Communication Skills

 This series focuses on three key communication skills for enhancing inclusion in all of our work and social relationships.

Individuals who complete the series will earn the Inclusive Communication Skills badge.


Thursdays 12 -1:30 pm

 February 25 (Part 1) The power and the practice of active listening

March 4 (Part 2)   Strategies for speaking up, calling out, and calling in

March 11 (Part 3)   Strategies for navigating conflict

The Power of Words: Inclusive Language Series  

Words have the power to hurt us, as well as to make us feel empowered and give us a sense of belonging. Since we strive for a culture of inclusion, it is important that we are conscious of the language that we use in talking about or describing people in terms of their race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, etc. However, because language is always evolving and there is not necessarily a ‘one size fits all’ preference of terminology, speaking about people in a respectful way requires a willingness to learn, to ask questions, to make mistakes, and to ask for help. This series will provide you with an opportunity to learn about currently appropriate terminology as well as the reasoning behind why these terms are generally preferred. This will be a safe space to ask questions, voice concerns, and share your experiences.

Individuals who complete the series will earn the Inclusive Language Skills Badge.


Thursdays 12 -1:30 pm

 March 25 (Part 1) Focus on Race/Ethnicity

April 1 (Part 2)        Focus on Disability

April 8 (Part 3)       Focus on LGBTQ+ Community







Cracking the Codes: Understanding the System of Racial Inequality

 This series is based on a video called Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequality.  During each session, we will watch a section of the video, then have time for reflection and dialogue.  There is also a supplemental Canvas course site where we can continue to dialogue online and explore additional resources.  Video Description:

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity is a way to engage in community dialogue that is meant to help deepen the national conversation on race. Cracking the Codes is a systemic approach to understanding racial inequity as a precursor to building strategies that address racial and socio-economic barriers. It is designed to aid in understanding the system of racialization and the network of relationships that must be considered if we are to build a society that provides equitable,  sustainable access to resources in community where all members can thrive.

Individuals who complete the series will earn the Understanding Racial Inequality badge.


Thursdays 12 -1:30 pm

 **Missed sessions can be made up on Canvas.

 April 22 (Part 1) Exploring the foundation of the system (history, culture, and identity) and the drivers (power and economics)

April 29 (Part 2)   Understanding internal components of the system (bias, privilege, internalized racism)

May 6 (Part 3)   Revealing external components of the system (interpersonal, institutional, structural)