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Build stronger connections at work with courses on SEL and DEI

Developing an emotional understanding of your colleagues — and demonstrating respect for their skills, preferences, backgrounds, experiences and other elements of diversity — is key to building and working as a high-functioning team.

UCOP offers several workshops and resources focused on social-emotional learning (SEL) — the process through which we acquire and apply knowledge, skills and attitudes around emotional awareness. This includes developing healthy identities, managing emotions, achieving personal and collective goals, developing and demonstrating empathy, establishing and maintaining healthy relationships and making responsible and caring decisions. Many courses also offer opportunities for a deep exploration of diversity, equity and inclusion principles — key to creating an anti-racist, equitable workplace.

Try one of the courses below to build new skills, boost your career and strengthen relationships with colleagues!

Select each course name to register. Listings reflect Pacific Time.

Emotional Intelligence: Attain Results Through People
May 3, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Learn the fundamentals of emotional intelligence, then take part in interactive exercises to experience various aspects of emotional intelligence and formulate strategies and behaviors to develop ongoing practices. This session will teach you to use self- and social-awareness to better relate to and motivate people, manage difficult situations, navigate conflict and more.

May 6, 10 – 11 a.m.
Learn how to reduce stress and increase your effectiveness at work through simple mindfulness techniques.

Driving Inclusion in the Hybrid Work Environment 
May 11, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Many of the initiatives that organizations take to drive diversity, equity and inclusion are designed for a pre-pandemic, on-site workforce. However, organizations that focus on sustainable strategies that are proven to increase employee inclusion in hybrid work are more successful. This webinar, hosted by Gartner, will review the 44 initiatives identified in Gartner’s Inclusion Index that organizations are taking on to advance DEI in a hybrid work environment.
— Note that registration for this webinar is through Gartner, not the UC Learning Center. If you have not yet created an account, you can do so here by registering with your UCOP email address.

Inclusive Hybrid and Virtual Meetings
May 13, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Inclusive meetings lead to a climate of openness as well as greater teamwork and decision ownership. This workshop features techniques to facilitate virtual and hybrid meetings that include all voices and engage your participants. Topics include meeting structures that foster engagement, tailoring engagement strategies for participants and objectives and best practices for hybrid and remote meetings.

People Leaders Forum: Creating Strong Teams
May 13, 1 – 2 p.m.
People Leaders Forums, offered every second Friday from 1 – 2 p.m., are monthly opportunities for supervisors to connect with one another. Develop leadership skills, build community, share best practices, swap strategies for navigating current challenges and learn to better support yourself and your team! Our May workshop will focus on creating strong teams and will feature Zoanne Nelson, associate vice president, finance and administration, UC Health.

Belonging and Inclusion Toward an Anti-Racist Organization
May 24, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
This workshop is an opportunity to deeply explore the application and behaviors of the UCOP Core Competency of Belonging and Inclusion. While not a new concept, the notion of creating inclusive workspaces where each person feels connected and a sense of belonging has increased exponentially with the increasing normalcy of remote engagement and our country’s continued tension around race. In this workshop, you’ll learn relevant facts and concrete examples of change, then explore how to ask the hard questions needed for change.

View all upcoming courses on the Link Classes & Workshops page. For questions, contact

Self-paced learning

Can’t attend a live class? Try a self-paced course on LinkedIn Learning. The UCOP Learning and Development team has personally vetted and compiled recommended collections of recommended courses. To build your SEL and DEI knowledge, check out the collections Social and Emotional Skills at Work and Belonging and Community.

To view all collections:

  • Log in to your LinkedIn Learning account
  • In the top navigation, go to Browse > University of California Office of the President
  • Scroll down to Collections from University of California Office of the President
  • Select Show All

Have ideas for more collections? Contact For more info about your UCOP LinkedIn Learning membership, read our FAQs.

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