2021-2022 ABCA Training Opportunities

Your participation in one of the opportunities below satisfies your 2021-2022 ABCA Program requirement.

Fall 2021 ABCA Training Opportunities

Synchronous Options

  • Speaker: Dr. Laura Rendón
  • Date: Oct. 19, 2021, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
  • Delivery Method: Virtual via Zoom
  • RSVP: Register for this virtual event
  • Description: Dr. Laura I. Rendón is a Professor Emerita at the University of Texas-San Antonio, author, nationally recognized student advocate, scholar, and contemplative educator. She will share her knowledge related to contemporary pedagogies that can foster inclusion, equity, justice, and well-being in the classroom. Dr. Rendon will explain the tenets of operating with Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy to address the rhythmic balance between intellectual, social, emotional, and inner-life skill development. This is an interactive and engaging workshop that will feature videos of faculty who foster deep learning employing illuminative knowledge tools (i.e., socially driven art and photography, guided imagery, audio narratives, music, and periods of reflection) within instructional settings.

  • Speaker: Dr. Beth Mitchneck
  • Date: Oct. 29, 2021
  • RSVP: By invitation only
  • Audience: Deans, Associate Deans, Department Chairs

Session 1: What’s Your Plan?
Time:
9 to 11 a.m.
Description: Leading institutional change is often challenging. Intentional planning and implementation can ease the path to successful change, especially focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. Based on her co-authored article in Science, A Recipe for Change, Beth Mitchneck discusses a six-point plan for successful change. She focuses on what needs to change, who should participate, and effective means of managing change processes. Using her years as an academic administrator as well as experience from leading the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program that promotes organizational change for gender equity in STEM, she explains necessary components of change efforts and guides participants through leading, planning, and managing their own DEI change efforts to maximize success. A portion of the workshop uses case studies to highlight the value of a clear plan. Participants will leave with a framework for leading and monitoring the change process along with actionable items for sustainable change.

Session 2: Initiating and Leading Institutional Change in Support of Inclusive Curriculum
Time:
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Leading institutional change is often challenging. Intentional planning and implementation can ease the path to successful change, especially focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. Introducing and embedding inclusive curriculum is a unique process because, in part, it involves a very broad set of stakeholders, not least of which are our students. Based on her co-authored article in Science, A Recipe for Change, Beth Mitchneck discusses a six-point plan for successful change. She focuses on what needs to change, who should participate, and effective means of managing change processes. Using her years as an academic administrator as well as experience from leading the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program that promotes organizational change for gender equity in STEM, she presents the view that institutional change around inclusive curriculum is best viewed as a process in which the stakeholders have a variety of potentially conflicting needs and perspectives. Participants will leave with a framework for implementing the change process along with actionable items for sustainable change. The framework takes a project management approach and incorporates effective practices for leading, planning, and managing a major change effort in the diversity, equity, and inclusion realm. 

  • Speaker: Dr. Gina Garcia
  • Date: Nov. 5, 2021, 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Delivery Method: Virtual via Zoom
  • RSVP: Register for this virtual event
  • Description: Dr. Gina Garcia is an award-winning associate professor in the Department of Educational Foundations, Organizations, and Policy at the University of Pittsburgh, author of Becoming Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Opportunities for Colleges & Universities, and editor of the book Hispanic-Serving Institutions in Practice: Defining “Servingness" at HSIs. She will join us to provide strategies on assessing servingness at UNT. This training is interactive, and participants will be asked to assess both their structures for serving and their indicators of serving using the Multidimensional Conceptual Framework for Understanding “Servingness” as a guide.

  • Speaker: UNT Division of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA)
  • Date: In person: Oct. 6, 2021 | Virtual: Oct. 13, 2021
  • Delivery Method: Virtual or Face-to-Face
  • RSVP: Register via Bridge
  • Description: In this course, learners will discuss their identities and how biases are institutionalized, internalized, and interpersonal. Through small and large group activities we will move from the identification of biases in our life and how they impact perceptions to how we are socialized to hold these biases in the first place. Finally, we will discuss how to use cultural humility as a tool to move us toward improving awareness of biases and intentional inclusion. Prerequisite to Microaggressions and Inclusive Language.

  • Speaker: UNT Division of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA)
  • Date: In person: Oct. 13, 2021 | Virtual: Oct. 19, 2021
  • Delivery Method: Virtual or Face-to-Face
  • RSVP: Register via Bridge
  • Description: In this session, learners will continue with concepts introduced in Bias Awareness and Perceptions to identify microaggressions stemming from our biases, perceptions, and socialization. Learners will be able to differentiate the type of bias (behavioral, environmental, or language based and how they can overlap) and how to describe the intent, impact, and assumptions in microaggressive actions and speech. The learner will leave with tools to identify and address microaggressions in our language moving from a biased to more precise way to speak with one another. Completion of Bias Awareness and Perceptions required.

  • Speaker: UNT Division of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA)
  • Date: In person: Oct. 20, 2021
  • Delivery Method: Face-to-Face
  • RSVP: Register via Bridge
  • Description: In this workshop we will build upon the work done in Bias Awareness and Perceptions and Microaggressions and Inclusive Language to learn how to call ourselves in when we use biased language. We will discuss our safety level and how to differentiate between being unsafe and uncomfortable in a situation and how our identities affect our safety levels in varying situations. We will then move into scenario-based explorations of how to interrupt microaggression as they happen or after they have occurred and how to process feedback you receive. This is a two-hour session with a break.

Asynchronous Options

  • Delivery Method: Asynchronous via Bridge/LinkedIn Learning
  • RSVP: Begin on LinkedIn Learning
  • Description: Organizations reap the benefits of diversity when employees bring their whole, authentic selves to work. Diverse teams are more productive, innovative, and engaged. Authenticity at work includes sharing and speaking up about work and life experiences.

Unit-Specific Trainings

If you are a unit administrator or coordinator and would like your programming to be included as an ABCA option for your team, we ask that you submit your programming options before the event occurs. Please submit a request for your unit-specific training to be included as a part of the ABCA Program.

Spring 2022 ABCA training opportunities will be announced soon!