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The value of inclusion, and other useful tools

Range of topics covered in fall staff workshops, registration opens September 6

September 7, 2016 — 

“Let’s talk about the importance of an inclusive culture where everyone is welcome, respected and valued for their unique contributions!” says Valerie Williams, diversity and inclusion facilitator, learning and organizational development (LOD), human resources.

I love leading people through this workshop, because they also become enthusiastic about inclusion and diversity, which I see as core values of our university, Williams adds.

Valerie Williams, Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator

Valerie Williams, Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator

Inclusion, recruitment strategies and attracting a high-quality and diverse applicant pool are passionate topics for Williams, who has been working in her role for four years. These and more will be explored in the Nov. 7 workshop entitled “Recruitment, Selection Diversity and Onboarding,” led by Williams and human resources consultant Jocelyn Leslie.

The workshop is just one of many offered and coordinated by LOD, human resources, which supports the university’s goal to increase professional development, leadership and growth opportunities for faculty and staff, as noted in the strategic plan, Taking Our Place.

Williams encourages all employees to register for her the workshop, noting, “In this workshop, as in other workshops offered by LOD, we are moving towards awareness and solutions. LOD courses can really make a difference in people’s professional lives.”

Starting on September 6, staff can register for over 75 individual workshops that will take place between September 20 and December 15.

“We are really excited to kick-off the fall with our new and popular workshops such as the one on inclusivity,” says Mark O’Riley, director, LOD. “It is great to have colleagues come together, learn new insights and share innovative ideas.”

Other workshop topics include project management, interpersonal communication, conflict management and best practices for search committees. There are many more.

Supervisors and managers may be interested in applying for the Supervisory Excellence certificate program which includes seven days of skill-building workshops focussing on human resource practices and leading people and teams.

There are no registration fees; costs are covered by human resources.

“These courses are worthwhile. University employees are extremely dedicated to their work and have busy schedules,” adds Gregory Juliano, associate vice-president, human resources. “But we hope that colleagues can carve out some time to participate in our programming.”

“Continuous learning and dialogue in support of meaningful connections enhances our campus community, and this fall, we look forward to continuing our engagement with all community members.”


To register for fall workshops, visit LOD’s registration website.  

For more information on LOD’s programs and services, visit their website.

If you have any questions or feedback, contact human resources.

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