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Capacity Building Courses

Creating an Inclusive Climate

This online, self-paced course is for anyone who wants to ensure that the places they live, work, study, and socialize are welcoming, affirming, safe, and accessible to all. The course is a four-module pathway that addresses the topics: How can I be an ally? How do we practice active listening? How do we use language to create affirming spaces? How do we celebrate together? Participants earn the Inclusive Climate digital badge upon successful completion of all course components.


Creating an Inclusive Workplace

This online, self-paced course is for anyone who manages a program or facility with supervisory responsibilities and wants to implement strategies for welcoming, safe, affirming and accessible workplaces. The course is a four-module pathway that addresses the topics: How can supervisors foster an inclusive workplace? How do I have difficult conversations? How do I interrupt implicit bias in the workplace? How do I retain a talented and diverse workforce? Participants earn the Inclusive Workplace digital badge upon successful completion of all course components.


Culture and Context in the Performing Arts

This course is for anyone who enjoys the arts a way to discover the experiences, identities, and cultural contexts of others. Participants attend a matinee of a selected performance at the Moss Arts Center and participate in a post-performance discussion.  Pre-work on cultural intelligence and contextual materials are shared prior to the performance. Sponsored by the Office for Inclusion and Diversity and the Moss Arts Center.


Diversity Committee Toolkit

This toolkit is for anyone who leads or serves on a diversity committee in their unit or department. The first half of the Toolkit is an adaptation of The Breakthrough Inclusive Action Tool Kit written by Ariel Zych with Jessica Deters and Teirra Holloman with support from Science Friday and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Tangled Bank Studios.  Breakthrough focuses on actionable institutional and community work that leads to notable change. The second half of the Toolkit is dedicated to sharing best practices for transformational committee work. Contact inclusivevt@vt.edu to access the Diversity Committee Toolkit.


Diversity Search Advocates Lab

This course is for anyone serving on a search committee.  This toolkit is designed to help you practice being an effective advocate for diversity when serving on a search committee. We present the ways that implicit bias is coded in search deliberations and offer language for intervening and redirecting. We also provide scenarios for thinking through and responding to typical situations that arise in search committees.


Inclusive VT Explorers

This course is for anyone who wants to deepen their cultural awareness and demonstrate greater allyship for the diverse communities on our campus. Participants complete a module exploring the concept of intercultural competence, and then track their attendance at six different programs offered by the VT Cultural and Community Centers, the Cranwell International Center, the Disability Alliance, or the Women’s Center during the academic year. Participants receive weekly notifications of programs occurring. Participants earn a Cultural Intelligence digital badge upon successful completion of all course components.


Enroll in courses at the Professional Development Network at https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/