IExcel seminars

Seminars are open to employees, faculty and staff.

Seminars are 90-minute, single sessions that focus on key DEI topics. They are instructor-led, interactive sessions that provide foundational knowledge and skills around diversity and inclusion.

Below are descriptions of the different seminars we offer. For a schedule of when specific seminars are offered and an opportunity to register for ones you'd like to attend, please see our calendar page.

Better Practices for Inclusive Teaching

This extended seminar (4 hrs) is designed for faculty to workshop their syllabi to enhance diversity and inclusion throughout their teaching. It focuses on developing best practices for revising course content to incorporate learner-centered teaching methodologies that consider multiple cultural perspectives.

Currently accepting registrations for the session on Thursday, Sept. 1.

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Cultivating an Inclusive Workplace

This seminar is designed to increase understanding of diversity, inclusion and equity concepts and the practices that sustain them. Participants will explore power dynamics in the workplace, set inclusion-related goals, and begin developing practices toward creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment.

In 2022, this seminar will be offered in September and October.

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Deconstructing Disabilities

This seminar focuses on knowledge of prevailing social, economic, political, and historical factors that limit the framing of disability within the realms of compliance and legal obligation in the context of higher education.

In 2022, this seminar will be offered on October 11th and October 25th.

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Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom

This seminar focuses on developing DEI skills to address complex, sometimes controversial conversations around social identity and issues in classroom settings regardless of the course topic.

In 2022, this seminar was offered in August and has a remaining session scheduled for October.

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Difficult Dialogues in the Workplace

This seminar focuses on developing DEI skills to address complex, sometimes controversial conversations around social identity and issues in workplace settings.

In 2022, this seminar will be offered in September and November.

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Disability + Neurodiversity 101

This seminar focuses on knowledge of population size, appropriate terminology (including people-first vs. identity-first language), personal disclosures of barriers, and key accessibility issues at VCU and in the surrounding community.

In 2022, this seminar will be offered in September and twice in October, on the 5th and on the 19th.

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Fostering Clear Communication in Diverse Teams

This seminar is designed to increase understanding of how to have inclusive and empowering conversations in the workplace. Participants will learn communication styles and practices for navigating power dynamics.

In 2022, this seminar will be offered in September and November.

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Gender: Beyond the Binary

This seminar focuses on knowledge of who genderqueer and non-binary people are, provides a stronger grasp of terminology and definitions to guide inclusive language practices, and an increased awareness of the current social and political contexts as it applies to gender non-conforming communities.

In 2022, this seminar will be offered in September, October and November.

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Implicit Bias in Healthcare

This seminar is designed to cultivate self-awareness of implicit bias in health sciences professionals, and apply it to healthcare settings, including the impact of bias on patient care.

In 2022, this seminar will be offered in September and November.

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Implicit Bias in the Workplace

This seminar is designed to cultivate self-awareness of implicit bias in the workplace and help participants consider the impact of their bias on workplace culture.

In 2022, this seminar will be offered in October and November.

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Religious Diversity

This seminar focuses on knowledge of religion as a social identity and its role in the United States. Participants will explore how to be inclusive of religious diversity.

In 2022, this seminar will be offered in September and November.

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What is Ageism?

This seminar focuses on how we can liberate ourselves from negative cultural assumptions about aging, which shape our attitudes to ourselves and others as we grow older.

In 2022, this seminar will be offered in September and October.

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