Inclusive workshop open to UNMC faculty, staff

September 25, 2020

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A four-hour workshop, titled "Toward a More Inclusive Campus," will be offered to UNMC faculty, staff and administrators to learn about inclusive practices on Oct. 8 from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. via Zoom. Faculty at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point Center for Inclusive Teaching and Learning will present the workshop in collaboration with the UNMC College of Nursing.

The workshop is part of an Inclusive Excellence Development Grant at the UNMC College of Nursing and is offered in collaboration with the UNMC Office of Inclusivity.

There is no fee to attend, but attendees must pre-register.

Free continuing education credits will be provided to conference attendees.

The purpose of the workshop is to encourage UNMC faculty, staff and administrators to reflect on their role and potential to influence a more inclusive and positive culture at UNMC. The interactive training consists of four, one-hour sessions that build upon each other. It also offers professional development and networking opportunities.

The workshop will address the role and impact in building and sustaining inclusive capacity at UNMC. Strategies will be introduced that can be integrated to create a more inclusive and positive environment, said Liane Connelly, PhD, assistant dean of the UNMC College of Nursing Northern Division and co-principal investigator of the grant.

Inclusive pedagogy will be addressed for course/process design that facilitates the creation and advancement of a culture of inclusive excellence.

"The practices of educators and the learning environment may impact diversity and inclusivity," said Cathrin Carithers, DNP, assistant dean of the UNMC College of Nursing Kearney Division and co-principal investigator of the grant. "A diverse faculty provides a broader set of experiences from which to draw. It's been reported that the reason colleges and universities struggle with diversity integration is practices do not promote diversity.

"To advance diversity, we need to adopt inclusive practices at all levels. In addition, all organizational processes need to include diversity," she said.

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