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UW Plans Workshops on Diversity for Faculty, Staff, Students

January 8, 2018

A nationally recognized expert in creating inclusive organizational environments will lead workshops for University of Wyoming faculty, staff and students in February.

Kathy Obear, a consultant with the firm Alliance for Change, will be on the UW campus Feb. 12-13 at the invitation of UW Chief Diversity Officer Emily Monago, charged by President Laurie Nichols with leading the effort to increase programming on diversity and inclusion, as called for in UW’s strategic plan.

Co-sponsors of the workshops are the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; the Office of Academic Affairs; the Division of Student Affairs; and the Department of Athletics.

“This will be an opportunity for the entire campus community to engage in authentic dialogue about dynamics of inclusion and exclusion on campus,” Monago says. “President Nichols and I encourage all faculty and staff, as well as interested students, to take advantage of this opportunity to hear from and interact with an expert in the field.”

Here is the workshop schedule:

Monday, Feb. 12

-- Faculty workshop, 1-4 p.m., Wyoming Union Ballroom. Participants will learn how to create inclusive classrooms, recognize unintended classroom dynamics and microaggressions, and facilitate more effective classroom conversations.

-- Student workshop, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Wyoming Union Ballroom. Especially invited are student leaders and student employees, but others may attend as well. Participants will learn how to recognize and interrupt exclusionary dynamics and create greater inclusion.

Tuesday, Feb. 13

-- Two-hour staff workshop, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Wyoming Union Ballroom. This is for staff members who aren’t able to attend the full-day workshop. Participants will explore tools to interrupt and engage microaggressions and other exclusionary dynamics, and use an inclusion lens to analyze and revise policies and practices.

-- Full-day staff workshop, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Wyoming Union Ballroom. Staff members who can stay for the full day also will identify personal action steps for creating inclusive, affirming campus environments. Faculty members interested in this workshop should call the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at 766-6672.

Obear has more than 30 years of experience as an organizational development consultant and trainer specializing in creating inclusion, team and organizational effectiveness, conflict resolution and change management. She has given speeches, facilitated training sessions and consulted with top leaders at hundreds of universities, human service and K-12 organizations, and corporations across the United States and internationally -- designed to increase the passion, competence and commitment to create inclusive, socially just environments.

“It is imperative that leaders and staff demonstrate the capacity and competence to create inclusive environments that support the success of the full breadth of members in their organizations and effectively meet the needs of the increasingly diverse populations they serve,” Obear says.

Registration is required and available at

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