Sessions to focus on race, racism

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include additional sessions.

The Office of Human Resources, in coordination with the Employee Assistance Program, The Black Faculty Staff Association (TBFSA) and the Health and Wellbeing Initiative will host professional development/training opportunities specifically for faculty and staff at Texas Woman’s University. 

Sessions take place Tuesday, Aug. 4 and Wednesday, Aug. 5.

TBFSA Professional Development Virtual Workshops

Developing a Shared Language to Engage in the Discourse on Race and Racism will run 10:30-11:30 a.m., Aug. 4.

Session description: A thorough understanding of terms and developing a shared language to effectively engage in the discourse on race and racism is paramount. This session is designed to give people the language to confidently engage in courageous conversations about race and racism.

Racial Battle Fatigue: Self Care for People of Color (POC) will be held 12:30-1:30 p.m., Aug. 4.

Session description: Because racism is deeply entrenched in American institutions, People of Color (POC) often struggle navigating White spaces that are seemingly unfit for us. Oftentimes, we feel isolated, excluded, and cannot be our authentic selves. The onus is not on us to fit into White spaces; rather, these spaces need to be more welcoming and inclusive to allow POC to be our authentic selves. This session will provide space for us to discuss our experiences, process our collective pain, and celebrate/affirm the beauty within us. 

Both sessions will be presented via Zoom. Space is limited, and those interested are asked to register only if you can attend the live session(s). Sessions will not be recorded. Contact Theresa Lindsay if you have questions.

Ebonyse Mead, TWU alumna and president of the Educational Equity Institute, will lead both sessions.

Human Resources and EAP Workshops

Diversity & Respect in the Workplace will run 2-4 pm., Aug. 4.

Cultural disrespect is not an "agree to disagree" situation. Recognizing and respecting individual differences is paramount to working comfortably and effectively in today's workplaces.

Inclusivity, Collaboration & Respect is scheduled 2-4 p.m., Aug. 5.

The objective of this course is to understand and model workforce behavioral traits that cultivate mutual respect, collaboration, and a more conscious approrach in terms of embracing diversity.

These two programs will be presented by EAP trainers. Space is limited to 100 people in each program. To register, click on the title of the respective workshop. Contact Angela Cagle, Lisa Taylor or Holly Harris if you have questions.