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UCOP anti-racism efforts continue with task force discussions and new courses

Thank you to everyone who participated in the recent UCOP Community Conversations regarding anti-Asian violence. Your openness, vulnerability and willingness to engage with colleagues during this challenging time is a testament to the respectful and inclusive workplace culture that we work to cultivate at UCOP.

There are a number of upcoming initiatives and programs planned to support UCOP colleagues in our efforts to combat racism at all levels.

UCOP Anti-Racism Task Force Information Sessions

As President Drake mentioned in his recent UCnetwork article on efforts to counter racism at UC, the UCOP Anti-Racism Task Force issued its first report to President Drake in December. Read the report online here (PDF).

The Anti-Racism Task Force will be holding several information sessions over the next few weeks to allow colleagues to process the report results in a safe and respectful space.

  • April 1: 9 – 9:50 a.m.
  • April 2: 9 – 9:50 a.m.
  • April 6: 2 – 2:50 p.m.
  • April 7: 11 – 11:50 a.m.

Advance registration is not required. Attend using this Zoom link:

Microaggression course series

“The term “microaggression” has become widely used and misunderstood. As we continue to develop more inclusive workplace practices, these interactive sessions — offered as a two-part course series — will help develop a shared understanding of how microaggressions can affect our work environment and organizational culture. Select each course title to register; part 1 is a prerequisite to part 2.

Part 1: From Sesame Street to Main Street

April 14, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; April 20, 2 – 4 p.m.; April 30, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • Learn what microaggressions are and their underlying messages about distinct social groups
  • Learn strategies for limiting the occurrences of microaggressions, at the individual and institutional level
  • Discuss different approaches to responding to microaggressions
  • Learn strategies for how to recover after learning you have delivered a microaggression

Part 2: Individual and institutional strategies

June 2, 2 – 4 p.m.; June 9, 1 – 3 p.m.

  • Discuss when and how to respond to microaggressions
  • Understand adaptive and maladaptive responses to microaggressions
  • Learn organizational and structural interventions
  • Role play activities to practice responding to microaggressions
  • Learn tips and tools for how to recover from receiving a microaggression

Anti-racism resources

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