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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.

Regulatory Compliance Workshops

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); What Eveyone Needs to Know

This workshop provides a general overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. 

Learning Objectives:

  • A general overview of the ADA;
  • The rights and responsibilities of all personnel under the ADA; 
  • The role of University ADA Services at Virginia Tech.
September 16 9-10:30 a.m. North End Center, room 2200
November 16 9-10:30 a.m. North End Center, room 2200
Workplace Accommodations Under the ADA: What Managers Need to Know

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. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Employee and employer rights and responsibilities;
  • The interactive process for processing accommodation requests;
  • Best practices for managers and supervisors of faculty and staff;;
  • The policy that governs the administration of the ADA at Virginia Tech.
October 19 9-10:30 a.m. North End Center, room 2200
December 14 9-10:30 a.m. North End Center, room 2200
Compliance Workshop: University Policy 1025, Title IX, and the Violence Against Women Act

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. 

Learning Objectives:

  • The definitions associated with the university’s policy
  • The resources available to assist members of the Virginia Tech community, including our students, in dealing with difficult, sometimes traumatic, situations
  • Your responsibility in receiving and reporting a disclosure of sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, and domestic or dating violence
  • What behavioral signs may indicate someone is being subjected to inappropriate behavior;
  • What to do about "consensual relationships"
  • Why doing what seems obvious can cost the university millions of dollars and possibly subject you to disciplinary action
  • The resources and processes for initiating a complaint
  • What acts and behaviors can be determined to be retaliation

Instructor-led workshop schedule: (90 minutes)

September 1 10-11:30 a.m. North End Center, room 2200
September 16 1-2:30 p.m. North End Center, room 2200
September 28 10-11:30 a.m. North End Center, room 2400

 

Instructor-led workshop via WebEx schedule: (90 minutes)

September 28 10-11:30 a.m. Online via WebEx

 

Compliance Workshop: On-Demand Edition: (40 minutes)

Registration is required via Coursewhere by selecting "via by alpha" and then searching for the course title listed above.

 

Engaging with Minors-Reporting Child Abuse, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about behaviors involving suspected child abuse of a minor
  • How to address sexual misconduct involving a minor participating in a university or university-affiliated program
  • Requirement for reporting inappropriate conduct to university officials and external organizations
September 9 1-2 p.m. North End Center, room 2470
Search Committee Charge Workshop

This workshop is designed for members of search committees and other Virginia Tech stakeholders who may participate in a search process. 

Learning Objectives:

  • An overview of the university's search and selection process
  • Complying with university and federal equal opportunity and affirmative policies and regulations
  • Managing a fair and equitable search process for the best qualified candidates
August 27 2-3:30 p.m. North End Center, room 2420
September 10 2-3:30 p.m. North End Center, room 2420
September. 23 10-11:30 a.m. North End Center, room 2420
October 8 2-3:30 p.m. North End Center, room 2420
October 21 10-11:30 a.m. North End Center, room 2420
November 5 10-11:30 a.m. North End Center, room 2420
November 18 2-3:30 p.m. North End Center, room 2420
December 3 10-11:30 a.m. North End Center, room 2420
December 16 2-3:30 p.m. North End Center, room 2420
Traveling on University Business: Prevent Sexual Harassment – Don’t Leave Home Without This

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to avoid stepping over the line into inappropriate conduct away from the office
  • How much alcohol is too much
  • When does off-site behavior create a hostile work environment
  • What to do if a colleague or student tells you they were harassed or assaulted?

Check back for information about the workshop schedule

Understanding VAWA: Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Domestic or Dating Violence

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • The definitions associated VAWA
  • The resources available to assist members of the Virginia Tech community, including our students, in dealing with difficult, sometimes traumatic, situations
  • Your responsibility in receiving and reporting a disclosure of sexual misconduct
  • To identify behavioral signs which may indicate someone is being subjected to inappropriate behavior
  • The resources and processes for initiating a complaint
  • What acts and behaviors can be determined to be retaliation

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.

 

September 24 1-2 p.m. North End Center, room 2400

Additional Workshops

Email, Your Career, and Your Organization

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • To effectively communicate both through written and spoken communication
  • Learn how to decide which form of communication will prove to be the most effective
  • Impression management
  • E-telligence;
  • E-railment;
  • Communication guidelines;
  • How to create leadership presence.

Scheduling: This workshop is available on request to department or work groups. There is no fee. Contact Dale Robinson regarding scheduling.

Handling Conflict Effectively

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.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Better understand their own style of handling conflict and how other people may handle conflict
  • Understand and implement communication skills helpful in addressing conflict
  • Better understand how social justice issues may contribute to some types of conflict
  • Know the resources available to assist in conflict resolution

Optional Self-Assessment Tool

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.

Scheduling

This workshop is available on request to department or work groups. There is no fee. Contact Dale Robinson regarding scheduling.

Managing Conflict

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.

Understanding Ourselves and Our Multicultural Conflict Dynamics

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.

 


Contact Us

Department of Human Resources
Office of Equity and Access 
300 Turner Street NW (0318)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-2010

  • University ADA Services: 540-231-2850
  • Conflict Resolution: 540-231-1824
  • Affirmative Action: 540-231-7518
  • Compliance (Discrimination/Harassment): 540-231-2850

   

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Accommodation Request

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 dbr@vt.edu between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the program.