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Campus Trainings

The Office of Equity offers a variety of informational sessions, trainings, and workshops designed to inform students, staff, faculty, and visitors about their rights and responsibilities as members of the Northwestern community, and to equip community members with the tools to create a vibrant, equitable, and accessible learning environment for all.

 All trainings are customized for your specific department or group, and training facilitators will meet department/group leaders prior to the training to gather background information, answer questions, and discuss logistics. We welcome inquiries about training topics not listed below.

 Please click here to request a training. You will receive a response to your request within 2 business days. We are typically scheduling sessions anywhere from 2-8 weeks from the date of the request, depending on the type of session requested and staff availability.

 

We offer sessions on the following topics:

 

Information sessions:

 

The Office of Equity: What You Need to Know
  • Intended audience(s): Students, staff, faculty, third parties
  • Duration: 30-45 minutes
  • This engaging information session provides an overview of individuals' rights, responsibilities, and options under the University's policies on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct. For staff, faculty, and others who are paid by the University, this session can include a discussion of responsible employee reporting obligations, including where and how to report, responding to disclosures of harassment, discrimination, and sexual misconduct, and how to talk with students and colleagues about your reporting obligations.
Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Reporting
  • Intended audience(s): Students
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • This information session provides students with an in-depth understanding of their rights and responsibilities under the University's Policy on Sexual Misconduct. This includes information about prohibited behavior, reporting options, and resources available through the Office of Equity, and on campus.

Trainings and Workshops:

 
Creating Gender-Inclusive Spaces
  • Intended audience(s): Staff, faculty
  • Duration 60-90 minutes
  • This interactive workshop will provide participants with vocabulary, concepts, and frameworks to understand how to support community members of all genders. If you are seeking a more in-depth training about gender and/or sexuality, please visit this site to learn more about the University's LGBTQIA+ Ally Training
 Creating and Leading a Collegial Department
  • Intended audience(s): Staff, faculty
  • Duration: 90-120 minutes
  • This training is designed for faculty and staff in leadership roles within their department. Drawing on campus survey data and research from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, this interactive workshop will provide participants with concrete tools for creating and leading departments that are inclusive of all members, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. 
Creating an Inclusive Classroom
  • Intended audience(s): Faculty
  • Duration: 90-120 minutes
  • This interactive training will provide faculty with practical tools for engaging students across identity and perspective.  Have you ever found yourself unsure of how to navigate when a student makes an offensive remark in class? Talks over another students?  States that you or your teaching methods are harmful? Any or all of the above?  Using case studies, learn how to navigate, guide and intervene in these scenarios.  

 Identifying and Interrupting Microaggressions
  • Intended audiences: Staff, faculty
  • Duration: 60-90 minutes
  • This fast-paced, engaging workshop uses a multi-media approach to explore the concepts of power, privilege, and microaggressions, and how they cans how up in our work. The facilitator will share several intervention strategies, and guide participants through practice activities designed to help them intervene in real-world scenarios.

 Equity Series:
  • Intended audience(s): Faculty, staff
  • Duration: Minimum of 3 sessions, maximum of 6; 60 minutes/session
  • This customized training series is designed for departments who are ready to engage in long-term dialogue and change work to shift their norms and practices towards true inclusivity. Series topics may include: what we talk about when we talk about power, privilege, and oppression: building a common language; understanding implicit bias; action planning for justice and inclusivity.
    • Please note that due to staffing capacity, we are only able to offer a limited number of series per quarter. 

We welcome inquiries about training topics not listed above.

 

 

Request a training

To schedule a training, please fill out this brief online Training Request Form. You may also request a training by contacting Kate Harrington-Rosen, Director, Equity Outreach and Education, at 847-467-7426 or kate@northwestern.edu.

LGBTQ Ally Training is offered quarterly and trainings rotate between the Evanston and Chicago campuses. Staff and faculty may attend a training on either campus regardless of the campus of which they are based. Learn more about this training initiative

 

 Quarterly Open Information Sessions

 The Office of Equity also offers quarterly open information sessions about our policies and procedures, resources and options available through our office, and responsible employee reporting requirements. Sessions are free and open to all faculty, staff, and students. All sessions take place at 1800 Sherman Ave, in the 4th floor conference room. Please email kate@northwestern.edu to register for any of the following information sessions. 

December 17, 2019 1pm-2pm

January 22, 2020 11am-12pm

May 5, 2020 4pm-5pm (Virtual- Join via this Zoom Link)

August 6, 2020 5pm-6pm

 

Additional Training and Workshop Resources

 Interested in trainings on other topics? Many campus partners provide complementary programming.

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Training digest

 

In the 2017-18 academic year, the Office of Equity offered 123 training events.

  • 31 outreach events 
  • including tabling, participating in resource fairs, office hours around campus

5,263 total individuals were trained.

  • Students: 4,134
  • Staff: 743
  • Faculty: 332
  • Other (third party vendors, Greek House Directors, etc): 54

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