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FutureSTATE 2015 Progress Reports
STRENGTHEN PRIDE AND INVOLVEMENT
Initiative: Provide broad-based diversity/sensitivity training.
Achievements of the past year:
In July 2007, ODEP established a training program which consisted of delivering training in several different formats - online training, scheduled workshops delivered by ODEP, workshops upon request from management, and training by external facilitators. The following milestones have been accomplished since July 1, 2007.
- Went online with Sexual Harassment Training for Supervisors (July 2007).
- Developed and published harassment training policy and procedures.
- Required sexual harassment training for everyone in a supervisory position.
- Since July 1, 2007, 892 supervisors have completed the training.
- Diversity Workshops
- External facilitator, Beverly Hinton (Assistant Deputy Director, EEOC District Office, Birmingham, AL), facilitated two sessions of a diversity training workshop for executive/management level personnel in November 2007. Seventy-three executive/management level personnel attended the workshops.
- Eight diversity workshops were conducted by ODEP; 152 personnel trained.
- Harassment Workshops
- Eight harassment in the workplace workshops were conducted by ODEP; 123 personnel trained.
- Overview of non-discrimination and anti-harassment federal laws and MSU policies is given during new employee orientations which are held each Wednesday morning. Since July, 28 orientations have been held training 251 employees.
Goals for the next year:
- Increase the number of training workshops offered to the MSU community.
- Continue providing harassment workshops throughout the fall and spring semesters.
- Continue providing diversity workshops throughout the fall and spring semesters.
- Offer at least 3 workshops each semester on working with people with disabilities, "Americans with Disabilities Act: Making Reasonable Accommodations."
- Offer at least 3 workshops each semester on "Understanding Affirmative Action" and explain MSU's Affirmative Action Program to supervisors and employees who have hiring authority.
- Work with Student Affairs to provide harassment training to students.
- Publish a quarterly diversity newsletter.
Constraints to full implementation of this initiative:
- Lack of manpower: To maintain a comprehensive, proactive training program, ODEP needs a person to devote at least 75% of his/her time to the training program. Earlier this month ODEP was given authority to hire a Minority Recruitment, Retention, and Programs Specialist who will handle training among other duties (see attached job description).
- Attendance at workshops is currently voluntary. Need more emphasis from top management to get employees into the workshops.
Proposed modification of this initiative:
Overall assessment of the status of the initiative or other comments: