Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training Series

The Dietrich School’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion workshops are anti-bias educational programs that establish welcoming, inclusive and diverse environments where faculty, staff, and students can engage in productive conversations on topics such as identity, the impact of stereotypes, bias and discrimination. Participants experience each of the four consecutive sessions as a cohort through interactive and engaging discussions and activities. Each individual gains strategies to positively impact the campus climate in the Dietrich School and CGS. Interested in participating? Keep reading or contact Maureen Lazar (lazarm@pitt.edu) for more information about upcoming workshops.

Series Description:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion workshops are anti-bias educational programs that establish welcoming, inclusive and diverse environments where faculty, staff, and students can engage in productive conversations on topics such as identity, the impact of stereotypes, bias and discrimination. Each session builds on the previous and through interactive and engaging discussions and activities, participants will gain strategies to positively impact the campus climate in the Dietrich School and CGS.

Purpose: Explore how each staff and faculty member impact diversity and inclusion in the Dietrich School and CGS.

Objectives:

  • Identify effective strategies to respond effectively to bias,
  • Implement effective practices in the Dietrich School and CGS, and
  • Engage with others across the school to build an inclusive campus community. 

Details:

  • 4- 2 hour sessions via ZOOM
  • Cohort - participants must commit to completing all courses in sequential order

Course Descriptions:

Session 1: Establishing our Group

This kickoff session introduces the fundamental concepts of the ADL campus training. As a group, ground rules will be established and experiences shared through diversity activities. 

Session 2: Developing a Common Language

Every individual has different experiences they bring to every interaction. This session explores how those experiences differ greatly from one to another. We will discuss varying power dynamics and bias through multiple interactive experiences.

Session 3: One Person- Many Roles

Microaggressions happen all around us. What difference does one person make when addressing these? You wear multiple hats on campus as an individual and make decisions when to put on which hat in your role. We will explore each of these in our session. Multiple video clips will lead to robust discussions and activities for exploration.

Session 4: Where do WE go from here?

How can each of us be an ally? How do we begin making change in the Dietrich School? Through self assessments, we will identify our next steps in our departments and the school at large.


Check out what Participants are saying about the DEI training!

“Excellent training!  I wish everyone one could do this.  The exercises were well designed, leading us to be more open as we got more comfortable with each other.  I hated to see them end.”

 “I don't think the training would be as valuable if it was abbreviated or if it was protracted over several weeks. The concentration and intensity was just right for enabling us to come together as a community. Having it span the four days enabled me to focus solely on the training and reflect upon it after each session instead of losing track as other things drew my attention.”

“Throughout the series, I never felt like I wanted or needed to be someplace else, or like I didn't have time for it. It was absolutely worth it.”

“I will recommend this training to everyone. What I particularly valued was the way the activities had the potential to generate many, many different kinds of conversations depending on the individuals involved. I see this is as so much more meaningful than the kind of training that pushes prefabricated messages. These latter types of training always seem to belittle the knowledge of the participants. What I loved about this training is that I learned a lot because it worked more like a workshop in which we were learning from each other than a training session per se.”

“I wish that the DEI training went on for longer. This is unrealistic but I wish that there were 8 sessions instead of 4.”

“I found it very beneficial that our group activities were never with the same people. It made relationships with the entire group close. We were interactive with all the participants so you always felt inclusive.”

“This training was simply the most valuable professional development experience I have ever had. The time and commitment are more than repaid in the returns for culture, community, and personal growth.”

“This training was educational, eye opening, thought provoking and fun. I believe everyone left much better than when we came.”

“Not only did the session prepare me for countering my own biases, I also feel that more people attending this session will impact experienced biases at the University.”

“This was by far the most informational, impactful, and literally life-changing training that I have ever been through as a Pitt employee.  Common topics were discussed, but nothing was discussed in a "common" way.  I think what also contributed to the success of the training was the enthusiasm and heartfelt participation provided by each participate - such investment was not "required," but by providing that emotional investment, it literally elevated the training from "typical" to "outstanding."” 

“This training was different from any other training I have attended at Pitt.  It really forces you to take a good, hard look at yourself and recognize your own privileges, or lack thereof. It forces you out of your comfort zones and requires a degree of vulnerability. I know that sounds terrifying, but it was the most eye opening experience. Usually, we only see one dimension of our colleagues.  We may pass judgement on them for certain things, but we never really know what's going on behind the scenes or what they deal with day-to-day. The training allowed us to open up and speak to each other on a human level and make genuine connections with each other. I think that was the best part.  We went in as colleagues and left as friends.”

“I would tell others to go, it is well worth the time! My experience was a WOW moment, eye opening!

"I really enjoyed the vulnerability and accountability of everyone in this training. It makes me hopeful that Pitt is working on creating a genuine sense of belonging for those who may not have felt it in the beginning.”