|Submission Date||Oct. 31, 2019|
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
EN-7: Employee Educators Program
|3.00 / 3.00||
Office of Sustainability
Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
Name of the employee educators program:
Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities:
The Office of Intercultural Literacy, Capacity and Engagement (ILCE) provides resources for faculty, staff, and community partners to support excellence in scholarship, teaching and engagement with diversity, equity, and inclusion. The ILCE offers two peer-to-peer programs on these topics:
(1) Critical Conversations
- A space for informal, unfussy, intellectual, peer-to-peer dialogue
- Helps faculty, staff, and students recognize and address implicit bias to enhance diversity and inclusion on campus.
- Explore how implicit bias impacts institutions of higher education in regards to recruitment, work, student outcomes, and relationships.
- Help inform perceptions about implicit bias and future actions to support a welcoming, inclusive community at IUPUI.
More information: https://diversity.iupui.edu/offices/ilce/critical-conversation.html
(2) Intergroup Dialogue
Intergroup Dialogue is a facilitated peer-to-peer conversation platform between individuals from two or more social identity groups that have a history of conflict or potential conflict. It is a sustained communication process involving a series of meetings and emphasizing issues related to social justice, social group membership, identity, and the positionality (privilege and oppression) of groups. A dialogue typically involves 14-16 participants whose social identity provides general parity between the two groups represented (e.g., women & men; people of color & white people; LGBT persons & heterosexuals, etc.).
More information: https://igd.iupui.edu/images/Overview%20of%20IUPUI%20Intergroup%20Dialogue%20Initiative%20-%20Jan.%2015.pdf
In 2018, Intergroup Dialogue launched the first undergraduate certificate in intergroup dialogue at a college or university in Indiana. The certificate enables students to receive academic credit for learning transferable skills in intercultural communication, conflict resolution, civil discourse and leadership, and it serves IUPUI's strategic plan goal to promote an inclusive campus culture.
Upon completion of the certificate program, students will be able to demonstrate leadership capabilities to support others through intergroup conflicts and to help them better function as teams, corporate citizens and community members.
More information: https://news.iu.edu/stories/2018/09/iupui/inside/27-intergroup-dialogue-welcoming-campus-initiative.html
A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:
Moderators of the sessions are professional facilitators and paid staff of the university.
(1) Critical Conversations are open to the entire IUPUI community.
(2) Intergroup Dilogue sessions are open to the entire IUPUI community but require advance registration as class size is limited.
A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach:
Participants are walked through the 4 step process of facilitated conversation over 4 full-day training sessions. The steps include:
(1) Group Beginnings: Creating shared meaning of dialogue
(2) Identity, Social Relations & Conflict
(3) Issues of Equity, Fairness and Inclusion: “Hot Topics”
(4) Alliances & Empowerment
A brief description of the financial and/or administrative support the institution provides to the program (e.g. annual budget and/or paid faculty/staff coordination):
Both Critical Conversations and Intergroup Dialogue are supported by a paid, full-time director of the Office of Intercultural Literacy, Capacity and Engagement with annual budget support from the IUPUI Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
Name of the employee educators program (2nd program):
Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount) (2nd program):
A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (2nd program):
A Green Team is an informal group of faculty and staff in a particular campus unit or building who work collectively to promote environmentally, socially, and economically friendly practices within that unit or building by hosting workshops, speakers, or events for their peers. Getting involved with a Green Team is a way for members of the IUPUI community to reduce the environmental impacts of their office while also helping IUPUI become a more sustainable institution. Green Teams are responsible for programs like the Green Event Certification: https://sustainability.iupui.edu/engagement/green-events/index.html
A brief description of how the employee educators are selected (2nd program):
Faculty and staff self-select by joining or starting their unit/building's Green Team.
A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (2nd program):
Office of Sustainability staff meet with potential Green Team Leaders to assess opportunities and challenges unique to the team’s building/unit and to provide leaders with an overview of how the Green Team program works. Office of Sustainability staff are also willing to attend Green Team meetings or meet with new or existing teams.
Green Teams may also submit information for Green Event Certification, which requires consultation with Office of Sustainability staff about certification and possible next steps for their teams.
A brief description of the financial and/or administrative support the institution provides to the program (e.g. annual budget and/or paid faculty/staff coordination) (2nd program):
Green Teams are usually supported by Deans or Administrative leadership by allowing in-kind use of their staff time or other resources (space, technology, etc.). Green Teams may apply for funding from the Greening IUPUI Grant to fund innovative sustainability ideas for their unit/building:
A brief description of all other employee peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs, including the number of employees served and how employee educators are selected, trained, and supported by the institution:
Total number of hours employee educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually:
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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