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Register today for November classes and workshops

The end of year is in sight, making this a great time to boost your knowledge and professional skills! Sign up for live virtual workshops offered by UCOP Learning and Development. All classes and workshops are offered at no charge for UCOP staff — one of the great benefits of your employment!

All listings reflect Pacific Time; select the course name to register. Unless stated otherwise, all courses take place in a virtual classroom environment.

Social-emotional learning skills workshops

Managing Implicit Bias: A Conversation
Nov. 1, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Debrief the popular UC Managing Implicit Bias online course series by discussing challenges and strategies for managing implicit bias in a supportive and collegial environment. You’ll walk away with a greater understanding of your own biases and your ability to promote equity, diversity and inclusion. You must complete all six courses in the UC Managing Implicit Bias series before registering for this class.

November 3Practice Circles (online)
Nov. 4, 9 – 10:30 a.m. | Nov. 21, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
UCOP Human Resources and the Ombuds Office are holding 3Practice Circle sessions to facilitate dialogue between colleagues and help us connect as a community. A 3Practice Circle isn’t a debate, discussion or therapy group; it’s a safe space for clarity and understanding — with no obligation to agree — and an opportunity to exercise your listening and communication skills. November sessions will be held online via Zoom. We will focus on the question, “This is what I lost or discovered during COVID.” Read more about 3Practice Circles, and see all upcoming sessions and topics.

Trust and Psychological Safety in the Workplace
Nov. 17, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Led by UCOP Systemwide Director of Leadership and Organization Development Lisa Terry, this interactive workshop will teach participants to understand the concepts of trust and psychological safety, how to measure trust and psychological safety in the workplace, and action steps to create greater trust and safety within organizations and teams. Participants should watch the following videos in advance of the workshop:
Brené Brown: The Anatomy of Trust
Amy Edmondson: Building a Psychologically Safe Workplace

Project management and technology workshops

Project Management I
Nov. 2, Nov. 9 & Nov. 16, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
In this three-part series led by The Center for Project Management, you’ll learn the fundamentals of how to initiate, create and manage projects. The course takes place over three sessions — please register for each separately using the links below. Learn more about the Project Management I series.
– Nov. 2: Initiating projects
– Nov. 9: Planning and estimating a project
– Nov. 16: Scheduling and tracking a project

PowerPoint Techniques
Nov. 3, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
In this session, you will learn powerful techniques that can help you save significant time, better manipulate and format presentations, convey information in a compelling way, and collaborate with others more effectively. You’ll learn:
– Formatting tips, shortcuts and master slides
– Data presentation tips, including tables, charts and diagrams from within PowerPoint and from other applications, like Excel and Word
– Using SmartArt to add visual elements that make your presentation more memorable
– Presentation best practices to increase your impact

Box Fundamentals
Nov. 9, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The course will give you an overview of, the cloud-based service that provides secure file storage and file sharing. Learn how to use Box, how to collaborate with people in and outside of UCOP, commenting on files, folder permissions, shared links, and many other tips that will help you when using Box. IT administrators will be on hand to answer your questions and review the best features of Box.

Creating Accessible PDFs
Nov. 9, 2 – 3 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 and policy documents, are PDFs. We will cover how to create accessible Word documents, which can be easily converted into accessible PDFs, and to identify basic accessibility issues using Adobe’s accessibility checker.

Career development and workplace skills

PM-ILP Information Session
Nov. 2, 9:30 – 10 a.m. | Nov. 16, 2:30 – 3 p.m.
The UCOP People Management Integrated Learning Program (PM-ILP) cohort complements the systemwide People Management Series & Certificate. Participants complete the online courses individually and meet monthly as a cohort to apply the skills learned. PM-ILP helps current and aspiring managers acquire the knowledge and insights to become more impactful in their roles. Come to one of these informational sessions to learn more.

Rock Your LinkedIn Profile
Nov. 2, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Make the most of your LinkedIn profile! Join this session, led by LinkedIn, to learn what it takes to build a great profile that speaks directly to your audience and get your questions answered by a LinkedIn expert. You’ll learn to recognize the value of your LinkedIn profile as part of your brand, identify qualities to highlight across your profile and apply best practices for building an engaging profile.

New Employee Orientation
Nov. 8, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Starting a new job or at new UC location can be daunting. This orientation session is designed to facilitate your smooth transition to UCOP. Topics include UC and its history, UCOP overview, employee tools and resources, safety and compliance.

Lunch & Learn: UC Experience Conversation Toolkit
Nov. 15, 12:10 – 12:55 p.m.
Join us to learn about the new the UC Experience Conversations toolkit. UC Experience Conversations are one-on-one, broad-ranging conversations between employees and managers, focused on understanding and enhancing the overall UC workplace experience. They provide opportunities to revisit and explore what is critically important to you as you think about your satisfaction, engagement and motivation at work. It is also an opportunity for managers and employees to discuss topics like career goals, new ideas and perspectives of what working is, and how well-being is impacted by our ever- evolving workplace environment.

Staff Talent Evaluation Process (STEP) workshops

People Leaders Forum: 10 Tips for Valuable Check-Ins
Nov. 4, 1 – 2 p.m.
The People Leaders Forum is a monthly opportunity for people managers to connect with one another to develop leadership skills, build community, share best practices, swap strategies for navigating current challenges and learn to better support themselves and their teams. Our November session will feature Ombudsperson Callale Concon and Learning and Development Manager Annie Prozan. They will review valuable strategies to engage in two-way conversations that support the growth and development of your team. Join us to learn and share tips for making check-ins meaningful and effective.

GROWing Your Check-In Conversations for Managers
Nov. 8, 9 – 11 a.m. | Nov. 28, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
This two-hour virtual live workshop provides managers with an opportunity to practice using the GROW framework in STEP Check-in conversations and to share tips and strategies for providing feedback. This is part of the three-year training plan designed by the Performance Appraisal workgroup made up of colleagues from across UCOP.

GROWing Your Check-In Conversations for Employees
Nov. 15, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
GROWing your Check-in Conversations is a two-hour virtual live workshop that provides employees with an opportunity to practice using the GROW framework in STEP Check-in conversations, as well as to share tips and strategies for providing feedback. This is part of the three-year training plan designed by the Performance Appraisal workgroup made up of colleagues from across UCOP.

STEP for New Employees: Define Criteria
Nov. 18, 10 – 11 a.m.
In this instructor-led training on the Staff Talent Evaluation Process (STEP), we will expand on the materials presented in the STEP Fundamentals for Employees eCourse by going into detail on the first stage of STEP, called Define Criteria. You will practice writing goals, review strategies for choosing focus competencies and discuss personal change management.

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