In the fall of 2018, the Office of Equity and Inclusion launched the Building a Community of Dignity and Respect campaign, reaffirming UMass Amherst’s commitment to ensuring a safe and welcoming living-learning-working environment for every member of our community. The aim was and is to actively build a community that honors differences, where interactions are thoughtful, and the humanity of everyone is seen.
The University has provided training and workshops in the past but we are renewing our efforts to provide the ongoing education and professional enrichment to support our aims of inclusive community.
Promote ongoing learning about the promise and challenges of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, in the classroom, and in the broader community.
A 2018 Gallup survey highlighted that colleges and universities are learning organizations that are not learning. Staff and faculty in higher education settings, they note, are eager to engage in their learning at work, yet few perceive they have the opportunity to do so. Topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion are especially important areas for ongoing learning and growth since for many the college campus is unlike any other they have experienced before. For some it is the most diverse place they have ever been, while for others it is the least, this difference in prior experiences can drive conflict, misunderstandings, and lead to isolation.
Offer professional development trainings and workshops both in person and online to support learning about diversity and inclusion in the workplace, including awareness of and responsibility to take action in relation to Title IX and sexual misconduct. Provide resources to support independent learning and engagement beyond training and workshops.