OAE Professional Development Series

The Office for Access and Equity has developed a new Professional Development Series to assist UIC employees in understanding their rights and responsibilities at the university, as well as the services available to them. Each year there will be five sessions covering the topics of sexual harassment, affirmative action/academic hiring, dispute resolution services, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and discrimination/harassment. Please see below for this year's offerings.


Title: Feeling Unsafe on Campus? What Are Your Resources?

Description: UIC is committed to fostering a safe environment free from violence, threats, intimidation, harassment, bullying or fear, and where working relationships and interactions are productive and safe. UIC takes reasonable steps to respond to and manage incidents of violence and/or threats on UIC premises, employs useful approaches to identify and prevent potential incidents of violence or threats, reduces the effects of violence on victims, and imposes consequences on those who threaten or perpetuate violence. This session will outline policies, procedures and resources to assist with handling these types of situations.

Caryn A. Bills, Associate Chancellor, Office for Access and Equity, Title IX and Dispute Resolution Services
Michael Ginsburg, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
Kevin Booker, Chief of Police
David Marder, Director of University Health Services
Lisa Caridine, Director of Employee Relations, Hospital Human Resources
Linda Deanna, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs/Dean of Students

Date/Time: November 15, 2017, 10:00AM to 11:30AM

Location: Student Center East - Room 605

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Title: Returning to Work: Restrictions and Reasonable Accommodations

Description: In this session, we will address the interplay between the American with Disabilities Act, Return to Work Restrictions, and UIC’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy; and what you need to enter an interactive process and be prepared to address the employee and unit’s needs. Target Audience: Department/Unit Head(s) and supervisory staff

Presenter(s): Michael Diaz and University Health Services

Date/Time: TBA

Location: College of Medicine Research Building (COMRB) Room 3175

To RSVP, please check back 2 weeks prior to workshop date.


Title: Are You Being Harassed, Discriminated Against, or Bullied? Which Is It?

Description: This session will define unlawful workplace harassment and discrimination and how it differs from workplace bullying. It will further discuss some of the behaviors/actions of a bully, and the impact of bullying on an individual and the organization.

Presenter(s): Kathy Irving and Michael Diaz

Date/Time: August 9, 2017, 10:00am – 11:30am

Location: University Hall Room 2850



Title: Sexual Misconduct: Where Do I Start?

Description: OAE, with its Student Affairs and Campus Advocacy partners will present a panel discussion on their different and collaborative roles of the offices in preventing and responding to incidents of sexual misconduct. The purpose is to help students, faculty and staff know what the different components do and who to contact.

Presenter(s): Amy Truelove, Sgt. Michael Mesce, DuJuan Smith, Natalie Bennett, Joseph Hermes, Carol Peterson

Date/Time: September 20, 2017, 10:00am – 11:30am

Location: University Hall Room 2850



If you have any questions, or have a disability and require an accommodation, please email oae@uic.edu.