Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.02
Liaison Nathan King
Submission Date Oct. 15, 2014
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STARS v1.2

Virginia Tech
PAE-T2-2: Employee Training Opportunities

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Michele Deramo
Director, Diversity Education and Initiatives
Inclusion and Diversity
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Does the institution make cultural competence trainings and activities available to all employees?:

A brief description of the cultural competence trainings and activities:

The Diversity Development Institute provides a structured curriculum through which any employee at Virginia Tech can extend their diversity competencies and thereby positively influence their working and learning environments. DDI courses are 4-6 hours in length covering a range of topics including:

• Communicating Respectfully in a Diverse World
• Differing Abilities
• Exploring Unconscious Bias
• Fundamentals of Diversity: Appreciating Differences
• Generations at Work
• Getting to Work: Turning Knowledge into Inclusive Practices
• Having Difficult Conversations
• Intercultural Competence in the Classroom and the Workplace
• Introduction to Diversity and Inclusion: Awareness-Action
• Religious Diversity
• Understanding Ourselves and Our Multicultural Conflict Dynamics
• Understanding Privilege and Oppression
• Understanding the Modern International Student
• Using People’s Strengths to Create Inclusive Environments

Additional courses related to Appalachian Culture, Neurodiversity, and LGBTQ Concerns are in development. Employees completing 28 hours of DDI coursework earn an Ally Certificate, with additional coursework leading to the Advocate and Ambassador Certificates.

The Diversity Development Institute is open to every employee at Virginia Tech.
Participation is free, however pre-registration in courses is required.

In addition to the Diversity Development Institute, Virginia Tech Diversity Educators provide programs by request to units and departments.

The website URL where information about the trainings and activities are available:
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