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Affirmative Action, Diversity Resources to host series of leadership workshops for faculty, staff

August 7, 2013

Photo of  toy figurines of “business people” climbing the corporate ladder.NIU’s Center for Affirmative Action and Diversity Resources will host a series of interactive workshops for faculty, Supportive Professional Staff and Civil Service staff members who currently or expect to serve in leadership roles such as chairs, directors, managers or supervisors.

During each session, education, practical information, and professional resources regarding policies and procedures that foster and encourage fair, equitable and ethical treatment in the workplace will be provided.

The intended goal of this program is to provide participants with an opportunity to learn how to implement the policies and procedures that are designed to address, resolve and prevent unfair and unethical treatment in the workplace.

Helping NIU campus leaders identify and understand affirmative action and employment laws, policies and procedures and how to navigate through the various resources dedicated to the area of compliance in the workplace, is also an intended outcome. While the various sessions are open to all NIU employees, individuals in leadership roles who have the responsibility and authority to implement university policies and procedures will benefit most directly from this program and are especially encouraged to participate.

Registration is available online. All workshops will be conducted at the Center for Affirmative Action and Diversity Resources, 1515 W. Lincoln Hwy., Room 178. For more information regarding AADR or the workshop series, contact Nikkita Carrington at (815) 753-6037 or [email protected].


The Use of Social Media in the Workplace

Facebook logoTechnology is rapidly changing the way we conduct business, and social media has become the dominant form of communication globally. More than 1 billion users communicate through social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google every day.

The purpose of this session is to provide an overview of current issues regarding the use of social media in the workplace and its effects, such as privacy concerns and/or poor employee performance, resulting in the possible need for corrective action. A review of NIU’s policy on appropriate use of social media in the workplace, and acceptable and unacceptable use of NIU information technology resources will also be examined.

Date: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug, 8

Campus Support Services & Affirmative Action Resources

In some instances, NIU employees and students require assistance with determining the appropriate department that can best address issues related to discrimination, harassment and/or unfair treatment in the workplace. Additionally, the issue of confidentiality is often a concern for employees and/or students when they are seeking guidance on disclosure of information or documentation.

The purpose of this panel discussion is to provide the participant with information regarding the various NIU campus resources and services that are available to provide support, guidance and resources regarding the effects of discrimination, harassment and/or unfair treatment. The conditions under which services are confidential and non-confidential will also be discussed.

The panel will consist of representatives from the Center for Affirmative Action & Diversity Resources, Diversity & Equity, the Office of the Ombudsperson, the Disability Resource Center, ADA coordinator, the Office of Community Standards & Student Conduct, Victim Advocacy Services, the Employee Assistance Program and the Counseling & Student Development Center.

Date: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13

Affirmative Action Faculty, SPS, and Civil Service Search Procedures: Guidelines for Conducting an Efficient and Successful Search

More than 500 faculty, SPS and Civil Service searches were conducted at NIU last year. This workshop will cover the Affirmative Action guidelines and best practices for recruiting, interviewing and hiring faculty, Supportive Professional Staff  and Civil Service employees.

The purpose of this session is to provide educational tools, resources, and best practices on how to recruit diverse faculty and staff, the Affirmative Action Hiring Process and Equal Employment Opportunity. Faculty Development also will provide tips and resources for using Blackboard in the recruiting process.

The session is open to all NIU employees; however, it will be most beneficial for employees who are responsible for completing the hiring paperwork, participating on search committees, serving as the chair of search committees, or serving as the hiring official for the search process.

Date: 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15

Workplace Bullying: A Practical Guide on How to Identify and Eliminate Workplace Bullying

Photo of a man with a “KICK ME!” note taped to his back.According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, 33 percent of Americans reported being bullied in the workplace in 2010. Workplace bullying is becoming increasingly common and has a negative impact on individuals and the organization.

The purpose of this session is to provide information, resources, and best practices for recognizing, stopping, and preventing bullying in the workplace. The definition of workplace and cyber-bullying and the effects of bullying on individuals and the organization will be discussed. An overview of current laws regarding workplace bullying will also be presented.

Date: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advance or request for a sexual favor or conduct of a sexual nature when such is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment and/or has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.

The purpose of this session is to assist with the continuing university effort to facilitate and create a respectful educational environment through sexual harassment awareness and prevention training. By engaging in a series of thoughtful discussions and exercises, this workshop will explore state and federal laws and NIU policy regarding sexual harassment, identify the types of sexual harassment, and provide preventive measures on how to avoid misunderstandings and accusations of sexual harassment in the workplace.

Date: 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 29

A Leadership Guide on How to Address Employee Complaints Regarding Discrimination and/or Harassment

Any employee or student who experiences and/or witnesses possible acts of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation has the right and responsibility to report this activity to the applicable university administrator or AADR immediately. Any employee and/or student may also file an affirmative action complaint with AADR.

The purpose of this session is to provide information regarding the Affirmative Action complaint process including but not limited to, how to file a complaint, the investigation process, alternatives to filing a complaint and possible outcomes and/or resolutions involved with the Affirmative Action complaint investigation process.

Date: 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 12