In addition to our courses such as Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging for students and faculty, we also offer multiple optional courses for our faculty
and staff members who want to learn more about diversity and acquire necessary skills
to practice inclusion in the classroom and beyond.
These include Managing Bias and Accomodating People with Disabilities through EVERFI that AU employees can acces by self-registering via employee training portal. No additional acces is required.
We also provide acces to courses that are implemented by Vector Solutions, the leading
provider of employee and student training learning management systems. Each course
is research-based, highly interactive and includes useful resources for you.
How to Access Vector LMS Courses
You will receive an email sent to your Augusta University email account from Vector
LMS regarding your login information and how to access your account. Please click
the link and it will take you to the provider's website. All the courses will appear
on your main page. You may pause and return to the module at any time. You will receive
a certificate upon successful completion of the training.
“Understanding bias in the workplace is the first step to managing it. Biases can
affect our actions, which can have real impacts on people, as seen in the video on
the previous page. If left unchecked, biases can create unhealthy work environments
that reinforce unjust practices. Recognition, however, creates a foundation to evaluate
how these attitudes shape our workplace. Topics include microaggressions at work,
explicit bias, implicit bias, correspondence bias, and managing this bias.”
Accommodating People with Disabilities
“Using real case reviews, case studies of real-world situations, and role playing,
supervisors and employees will be better prepared to recognize protected individuals,
respond to requests for accommodation, engage in the interactive process, and avoid
Vector LMS Courses
Becoming an Ally
“Practicing allyship is an important and rewarding endeavor. As an ally, you can develop
new relationships with people who share the values of equity and inclusion. And you
can make new personal and professional connections within your community. This course
provides an overview of the tools needed to practice allyship. Topics include defining
allyship, how to approach allyship, ways to educate yourself as an ally, ways of learning
about inequality, privilege as it relates to allyship, the differences between effective
and ineffective allyship; and ways to sustain ongoing allyship work.”
Cultural Appropriation vs Appreciation
“This course defines cultural appropriation and explains how it relates to an imbalance
of power dynamics and a history of oppression in the culture being appropriated. You
will examine cultural appreciation and learn how to engage with diverse cultures by
taking the time to listen and seek information. You will also learn how cultural appropriation
can cause lasting financial, social, and emotional harm for members of marginalized
Diversity Competent Mentoring
“This course describes the value of a developmental network to a diversity-competent
mentor. You will examine sponsorship, employee resource groups and group mentoring
models, while determining the potential benefits for people in marginalized groups.
Mentors will consider the benefits and pitfalls of each type of mentoring relationship
and learn which models work best in a variety of situations.”
Personal Skills for a Diverse Campus
“If you are interested in learning about the importance of a diverse campus and how
to engage in respectful and positive cross-cultural conversations with your students
and colleagues, this course definitely suits your goals. Topics include engagement
with diversity, communication for inclusion, and the influence of unconscious bias.”
Skills for Members of Search Committees
“If you are part of your department’s search committee and you want to use inclusive
practices while hiring new employees, this course is perfect for you. You will learn
skills for academic searches and hiring in the framework of diversity and inclusion.”
Supporting Students of Color at Predominantly White Institutions
“For students of color, choosing to attend a predominantly white institution does
not come without the possibility of encountering racism and racial discrimination.
Emotional stress, rooted in fear of failure and exposure to prejudice and exclusion,
is a common and undue burden for these students. This course provides faculty and
staff members with an overview of how to support students of color within their learning
community. Topics include: the kinds of race-based discrimination and marginalization
most commonly experienced by students of color at predominantly white institutions,
ways to shift the onus for creating an equitable and safe college experience from
students of color to the institution, and skills to help students of color be successful."
We look forward to your feedback and suggestions about the courses.
Along with online training, we provide in person workshops that center around Diversity,
Equity and Inclusion (DEI). If your unit wants to participate in DEI training, workshops,
or presentations, please email us and we will discuss the details further.
If you want a day-long retreat or a weekend dedicated to DEI training, you can hire
an outside consultant. Our office can provide financial support in the range of $100-$5,000.
The amount is distributed on a first come first served basis. Therefore, if you have
an idea and a plan in mind, we strongly advise you to apply as soon as you can. All
you need to do is submit your proposal by filling out this application form. Try to be specific in all of your answers. The deadline for applications
is March 1, 2022.
Here are some third party consultants that can be helpful in your search:
KATALIS Beyond Leadership
Georgia Diversity Council
Jennifer Brown Consulting
Isaac Ford Jr & Associates
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email us at ODI@augusta.edu.
Thank you for your interest in DEI training and good luck!