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Learning resources to promote equity, dialogue and reduced anxiety

As we work to cope with the George Floyd murder and related protests focused on endemic racial discrimination in America, there are a number of UCOP Learning and Development resources that can help. Here is a compilation of professional development resources for promoting equity, countering discrimination, fostering open dialogue and coping with anxiety during this difficult time.

Please also review the colleague-recommended resources that Culture, Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion has compiled. If you need further support in coping with current events, please take advantage of the UCOP Faculty and Staff Assistance Program.

Topical LinkedIn Learning collections

The UCOP Learning and Development team has compiled LinkedIn Learning collections — organized videos (2-5 minutes long) and courses (20 minutes to several hours long) that have been personally vetted by our staff. To save and easily view courses/videos at your leisure, select the bookmark sign on the upper right corner.  If you are not already using LinkedIn Learning, activate your free account now.

Implicit bias trainings

UC Systemwide Implicit Bias Series — This impactful, highly regarded six-course online training series is designed to increase awareness of implicit bias and reduce its impact at UC.

LinkedIn Learning: Unconscious Bias — Get a better understanding of how your unconscious attitudes, stereotypes and views impact your actions and decision-making ability.

Mindfulness trainings

Mindfulness at UCOP (Live online course offered Friday, June 19, from 10-11 a.m.) — Less stress, enhanced awareness and focus, and improved health are some of the benefits shown in research studies on mindfulness. In this one-hour workshop, you will learn how to both reduce your stress and increase your effectiveness at work through simple mindfulness techniques.

UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center — Free weekly guided meditation sessions, meditation exercise recordings and app

UC San Diego School of Medicine Center for Mindfulness — Free weekly guided mediation sessions and resources

Additional resources

Culture and Equity Project at UCLA Center X on Facebook: Topical videos address a number of current topics, such as a June 5 episode, “For Black Mothers Parenting in the Pandemic that is Racism”

Holding listening conversations with your team: Downloadable guide with tips for creating safe spaces for employees to process current events

People leader resilience playbook: How to manage anxiety across your organization: Created by LifeLabs, one of our most popular learning vendors, this resource includes tips and tools for staying resilient and reducing anxiety, including helpful apps tools, and websites to share

Resources for racial trauma (UCLA)

Tool for interrupting microaggressions (UC Santa Cruz)

Toolkit for supporting a culture of inclusion, belonging, and respect during virtual meetings (UC Berkeley)

Please contact with any questions or comments.

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  1. Irene Dorsey June 9, 2020 Reply

    Thanking UCOP once again for hosting these forums at such a critical time.

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