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Make the most of May with upcoming learning opportunities

If making more time for professional development was on your list of 2021 New Year’s resolutions, it’s time to get moving! Make the most of this spring with virtual live trainings to boost your career, build your personal and professional knowledge and strengthen relationships in and outside the workplace. Select each course name to register; all times are listed in Pacific Time zone.

Please also see our listings for upcoming courses on STEP, as well as work-life balance and wellness.

People and communication skills

NEW — Microaggressions Part 1:  From Sesame Street to Mainstreet
April 30, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
As we continue to develop more inclusive workplace practices, this interactive session will help develop a shared understanding of how microaggressions can affect our work environment and organizational culture. Participants will learn what microaggressions are and their underlying messages about distinct social groups; strategies for limiting microaggressions; approach for responding to microaggressions and strategies for recovering if you have delivered a microaggression.

NEW — Understanding Your Conflict Resolution Style
May 13, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Learn about the five conflict-resolution styles and how and when to use them to reach your goals, enhance your relationships and improve your performance at work. This course will be taught by UCOP Ombudsperson Bodi Regan.

Remarkable Remote Team
May 20, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
This highly interactive online live workshop is designed to help remote teams overcome traditional and new challenges, leveraging the latest research in mindfulness and emotional intelligence along with the latest technologies, tools and collaboration practices to maximize team performance and achieve crucial goals.

NEW — Microaggressions Part 2:  Individual and Institutional Strategies
May 26, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
A continuation of the Microaggressions 1 training, this session will further develop participants’ understanding of how to respond to microaggressions in the workplace. Participants will learn 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 and learn tips and tools for how to recover from receiving a microaggression. Microagressions 1 is a prerequisite for this course.

Tech-focused classes

Cascade CMS – Accessibility Workflow
May 4, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Learn about the accessibility review process in the Cascade content management system. We’ll cover the basics of web accessibility, with an emphasis on producing content on the UCOP website that is accessible to people with disabilities.

Zoom Fundamentals
May 6, 10 – 11 a.m.
Get answers to frequently asked questions about Zoom, including security settings, IDs, passwords, waiting rooms, locking a meeting, recordings, polls and troubleshooting.

Microsoft Excel Techniques
May 6, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Take your Microsoft Excel skills to the next level! In this workshop, users learn powerful techniques that can help them save significant time, analyze data and extract important business insights, present information in a compelling way and collaborate with others more effectively.

Managing and Organizing Your Outlook Inbox
May 11, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Are you trying to get more organized? Learn e-mail management strategies to transform your inbox into a productivity tool.

MS PowerPoint: Dynamic Presentations
May 12 and May 14, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
In this two-part course, you’ll learn to develop persuasive, dynamic slide-show presentations that combine graphics, text and animation effects to maximize the impact of the information you want to convey. To get the most out of this class, bring a PowerPoint presentation to work on. (If you do not bring a presentation, one will be provided.)

Microsoft Word Techniques
May 18, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
In this workshop, you will learn powerful techniques that can help you save significant time, better manipulate and format documents, present information in a compelling way, and collaborate with others more effectively.

Creating Accessible PDFs
May 18, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
IT Accessibility is about empowering users with disabilities to easily access and engage with online resources. Many of these resources, such as tax forms, annual reports or policy documents, are PDFs. We will cover how to create accessible Word documents, which can be easily converted into accessible PDFs, and identify basic accessibility issues using Adobe’s accessibility checker.

Zoom Advanced
May 20, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Topics include: Personal meeting IDs, advanced web portal settings, advanced scheduling options, advanced sharing options and annotation, polling, breakout rooms, reporting and cloud recording and a question and answer portion.

Creating Accessible PDFs — Advanced
May 25, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
IT Accessibility is about empowering users with disabilities to easily access and engage with online resources. We will cover an overview of accessible Word documents and accessibility in Acrobat Professional, as well as some advanced PDF accessibility remediation techniques and checking PDFs with a screen reader. You do not need to complete UCOP Creating Accessible PDFs prior to this class.

More great learning opportunities

New Employee Orientation
May 11, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Starting a new job or new location can be daunting. The UCOP New Employee Orientation is designed to facilitate a smooth transition to the organization. Topics include the University of California and our history, an overview of UCOP and the organization, employee tools and resources, safety and compliance.

My UC Career
May 13, 2 – 3 p.m.
My UC Career is an online development portal available to all UC employees seeking to advance their careers. Get a demo of the portal and learn what it can do for your career.

Travel and Entertainment Concur Training
May 13, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
If you travel or book travel on behalf of others, you’ll need to know how to use the Concur system. Attend this course for instructions, tips and tricks. 

Project Management Fundamentals
Have you wanted to learn project-management skills to boost your career and help your team collaborate more effectively? Check out Project Management Fundamentals, a three-session beginner-level class that covers the basics of how to initiate, create and manage projects. Learn from popular instructor Raj Kapur! Register for each session separately; all sessions are required for course completion.

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