Equity and Access workshops are designed to assist the university community in its efforts to fulfill Virginia Tech's Principles of Community. Participants have the opportunity to further engage in conversations relating to ways they can enhance the environment in which they live, learn, and work; whereby fulfilling their commitment to becoming an community that fosters mutual respect, civility, and collegiality.
The following workshops are provided by the Department of Human Resources.
This workshop provides a general overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended.
This workshop provides an in depth training on the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended for managers and supervisors of employees at Virginia Tech. This session will focus primarily on employment and workplace accommodations under Title I of the ADA.
This workshop is required for all faculty, staff, graduate assistants, wage employees, and student wage employees.
Participants will learn about University Policy 1025 and the university's responsibilities associated with both Title IX of the Education Amendments (1972) and the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization (2013). These latter federal regulations are specifically concerned with sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, and domestic or dating violence.
This workshop will assist individuals in understanding the university’s policy, complaint and resolution processes, and available resources to assist individuals in addressing these issues.
This workshop is required for some individuals as outlined in Policy 4815, Minors on Campus or Participating in University Related Programs. Participants should review the policy before attending the workshop.
This workshop is designed for members of search committees and other Virginia Tech stakeholders who may participate in a search process.
Virginia Tech employees often travel for business with male and female colleagues whether it is to work an athletic event, attend a conference, or give a lecture. Traveling with students can be tricky.
The Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2013 (VAWA) requires institutions of higher education to comply with certain campus safety and security-related requirements as a condition of participation in the Title IV, Higher Education Act programs. Additionally, the law requires institutions to implement policies and processes to address sexual assault, stalking, and domestic or dating violence.
The Understanding VAWA: Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Domestic or Dating Violence workshop is available for individuals who became employed by the university prior to July 1, 2015 and who previously completed Title IX and Retaliation workshop.
Individuals who became employed on or after July 1, 2015 are required to complete the Compliance Workshop: Policy 1025; Title IX; and VAWA listed above.
Email has become an important form of communicate present in almost every work environment. This 45 minute presentation will explore how to examine the appropriate use of email, and when to consider a different approach when communication with another person.
Scheduling: This workshop is available on request to department or work groups. There is no fee. Contact Dale Robinson regarding scheduling.
Participants will learn about their own personal approach to handling conflict and better understand the consequences of conflict in a work setting. Participants will also learn specific communication skills to better address conflict, and will be provided the opportunity to practice those skills. This workshop takes two hours or more to complete and can be extended to provide additional time for skill building.
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
Departments or university organizations may opt to provide workshop participants with an opportunity to complete the Conflict Dynamics Profile (CDP-i). This self-assessment is completed online prior to the workshop and only takes about 25 minutes to complete. Each participant will receive a confidential report that provides valuable feedback on how the participant approaches conflict. There is a $30 charge per participant for using the Conflict Dynamics Profile self-assessment.
This workshop is available on request to department or work groups. There is no fee. Contact Dale Robinson regarding scheduling.
This full-day workshop is offered several times a year through the University Organizational and Professional Development. To review the workshop content and to register, please vist that website.
This half-day workshop is offered university wide through the Diversity Development Institute. For a description of the workshop and to register, please visit that website.
Department of Human Resources
Office of Equity and Access
300 Turner Street NW (0318)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
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If you are a person with a disability and wish to request an accommodation in order to participate in any of the programs listed here, please contact Dale Robinson at 540-231-1824 or email firstname.lastname@example.org between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the program.