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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: Maintaining a Respectful Workplace

Description: The session will provide an overview of UIC’s commitment to maintaining a work and learning environment free of unlawful discrimination and harassment.  Included will be a review of the laws prohibiting discrimination, guidelines about what is and what is not unlawful harassment and an exploration of the “Three Dimensions of Diversity”.

Presenter(s): Kathy Irving, Equal Opportunity Officer and Samantha Smith, Assistant Director, Prevention & Culture Change

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 1:00pm-2:00pm

Location: Virtual (WebEx information provided to those registered prior to the event)

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Tentative Schedule of Upcoming Professional Development Events: Heading link

Culture of Respect; President’s Task Force June 17, 2020
ADA, FMLA, SURS, Worker’s Compensation Panel August 19, 2020
ADA Accessibility October 21, 2020
Academic Hiring December 16, 2020

Completed Professional Development Events Heading link

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
Natalie Bennett, Director of the Women’s Leadership and Resource Center

Date/Time: January 15, 2020 at 10:00am

Location: Student Center East, room 605

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