Virtual Workshops: Summer 2020

Upcoming Workshop(s):

White Identity and Allyship
  • Wednesday, June 17, 9-11am

Through a brief lesson in history, we will unpack and problematize how white identity and culture have been made to seem invisible to white people, and the implications this has on our efforts needed in the work of anti-racism. There will be a focus on steps participants can take to work towards an anti-racist community at Amherst and beyond. Sign up today...

Empathy and Social Responsibility: How Emotional Intelligence Impacts Our Work Towards Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 
  • Wednesday, June 3, 16, 19, & 23

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is at the heart of the work our Office of Inclusive Leadership has been doing to build our community capacity for understanding our identities and experiences as well as those of others. As we continue to dive into the complexity of understanding both another person's experiences as well as developing our capacity as allies in dismantling systemic oppression, it is imperative that we better understand how to apply some of the key components of EQ in order to positively and more effectively impact our community. Sign up today...

 
Trans Inclusion in the Workplace, Part 2: Interrupting Bias and Creating Inclusive Spaces
  • TBD

Open to all staff and faculty who have completed Part 1 or have a basic understanding of the core concepts of gender identity as they relate to the trans and gender non-binary experience. This workshop will dive deeper into the concept of creating inclusive spaces, particularly here at Amherst College, for trans and non-binary individuals. Participants will come away with specific tools on how to create positive change in the space in which they work, as well as how to recognize and interrupt both specific situations and larger systems of bias. Sign up today...


Unconscious Bias 2.0: Dismantling Systemic and Structural Discrimination

  • Wednesday, April 15, 2pm-4pm, Zoom Workshop

This virtual workshop builds upon introductory unconscious bias concepts and explores the relationship between interpersonal bias and systemic/structural discrimination. Participants will develop an understanding of how unconscious and explicit bias creates institutional and structural inequities. Participants will examine institutional practices and consider how bias may be embedded in such practices/policies and consequently impact outcomes for students, employees, and visitors. The facilitator will also devote time to the COVID-19 crisis through a bias lens. A key take-away from this workshop will be how to think about creating paths for institutional change while shifting from interpersonal to structural responses in our work to dismantle bias and discrimination on campus.    

Presenter Information

Edward Pittman is the Senior Associate Dean of the College at Vassar and directs professional development curricula for administrators and support staff in the Dean of the College division. As a dean, facilitator and educator, he has led numerous diversity workshops, seminars, campus dialogues, co-taught an academic intergroup dialogue course, developed campus-wide engagement initiatives such as All College Day, and developed Vassar’s bias response program. He is the founding director of Vassar’s first diversity office (1990) and its ALANA Cultural Center. He is a past Chair and current steering board member of the Consortium on High Achievement and Success (CHAS), a consortia of diversity leaders at liberal arts colleges. Dean Pittman’s work around unconscious bias grows out of a collaboration with the Kirwan Institute and sustained commitments to institutional inclusion and equity. He has consulted with many colleges, the KIPP Foundation, Margolis and Healy’s Campus Safety and Cultural Competency training program, and is a Peer Evaluator for the Middle States Higher Education Commission. Ed has a doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters in Multicultural Education from SUNY New Paltz,  and a Bachelors in Sociology from Vassar College. 

Proactive Inclusion: Case Studies on Disability Inclusion in the Workplace

  • Tuesday, January 21, 10:00 – 11:30am, Alumni House
Designed to engage participants in critical thought and dialogue regarding disability inclusion in the workplace, this workshop aims to go deeper than the basics to allow participants to consider nuanced yet common situations as they work proactively towards an inclusive culture. Participants will read and discuss a set of case studies on situations involving both visible and invisible disabilities with the goal of being able to identify opportunities for direct intervention as well as proactive approaches to avoiding the exclusionary results depicted in the scenarios.  

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Identity & Inclusion Part 1: Creating a Workplace that Embraces Our Full Selves

  • Thursday, Feb. 13, 9am-12pm, Powerhouse

Participants will explore their own identities using a model of identity development and consider the impact of power and privilege in the ways in which we understand our own sense of self and that of others. Sign up today...

Identity & Inclusion Part 2: Dismantling Structural Oppression in the Workplace

  • Thursday, March 19, 9am-12pm, Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center

Participants will continue to explore power and privilege as they play out in our own experiences, this time through a lens of systemic marginalization. Sign up today...

Identity & Inclusion Part 3: Transformative Practices

  • Tuesday, April 28, 9am-1pm, Alumni House

This third part in the Identity & Inclusion series builds off of the work participants have done to raise their awareness of both the lenses that shape our experiences and the context in which we operate, setting the foundation for the application of two different theories towards transformative change. Sign up today...


Trans Inclusion in the Workplace, Part 1: Investigating Our Experiences with Gender and Gender Inclusion

  • Tuesday, May 12, 10am-12pm, Zoom Virtual Workshop (details emailed to registrants)

This introductory level workshop will explore the core concepts of gender identity as they relate to the trans and gender non-binary experience. Open to all staff and faculty, participants will develop a stronger understanding of some of the factors at play in how gender and gender assumptions play out in our society, as well as a baseline understanding of some of the ways to begin creating inclusive spaces for trans and gender non-binary individuals. Sign up today...

Trans Inclusion in the Workplace, Part 2: Interrupting Bias and Creating Inclusive Spaces

  • TBD

Open to all staff and faculty who have completed Part 1 or have a basic understanding of the core concepts of gender identity as they relate to the trans and gender non-binary experience. This workshop will dive deeper into the concept of creating inclusive spaces, particularly here at Amherst College, for trans and non-binary individuals. Participants will come away with specific tools on how to create positive change in the space in which they work, as well as how to recognize and interrupt both specific situations and larger systems of bias. Sign up today...


Hiring for Diversity & Inclusion

  • Tuesday, March 24, 9am-11am, Alumni House

The Office of Human Resources and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion are teaming up to offer this two-hour session on hiring for diversity and inclusion. Learn best practices for achieving a diverse candidate pool and an inclusive search process. Topics include:

  • job descriptions and postings
  • effective interview strategies
  • managing implicit bias

This workshop is intended for anyone who will be serving on a staff search committee or participating in the hiring of staff in their department. Sign up today...