This series of workshops is intended for leaders (executive managers, deans, directors, chairs, and supervisors, level 12-17) from across the University to work together to improve the current climate and culture in their units and across the greater campus community.

This series is a collaboration between the Academic Advancement Network, Academic Human Resources, Human Resources, Office of Civil Rights, and the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.

For Fall 2021, we are offering two updated versions of the most popular sessions from last year:

Assessing the Climate in your Unit

Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Zoom Webinar

Sharri Margraves, Director, Human Resources Organization and Professional Development 
Lydia Weiss, Climate & Response Program Administrator, Prevention, Outreach and Education Department 
Jennie Yelvington, Director, Academic Human Resource 

Workplace climate can be directly linked to productivity, job satisfaction and retention. As the leader, the ability to assess the climate in your unit can help prevent conflict, support team well-being, and increase effectiveness in accomplishing unit goals. This workshop will outline a climate assessment toolkit that can be employed immediately within your unit. Participants will also explore the power (both real and perceived) that leaders hold, ways leaders can role-model/tone-set positive environments, and why it is important to identify behaviors or situations that could be potentially harmful or disrespectful.   

Management of OIE Cases: Process & Responsibilities

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Zoom Webinar


Tanya Jachimiak, Associate Vice President and Title IX Coordinator
Theresa Kelley, Senior Associate General Counsel, Office of General Counsel
Amanda Moses, Senior Human Resource Professional, Human Resources
Melissa Sortman, Director Academic Human Resources
Kara Yermak, Director Academic Human Resources

This session is designed to provide leaders (executive managers, deans, directors, chairs, and supervisors) an overview of how to manage the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) process when there is an active OIE case. This session serves to increase understanding of the OIE process (from the administrator perspective), the administrator’s role, the importance of working closely with Academic Human Resources and/or Employee Relations throughout the process, and mechanisms to address misconduct related to reports made to OIE.


To register for either of these sessions, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Cindi Leverich (

Resources from 2020-2021 sessions

Session 1: Setting the Tone: An Introduction to Changing Climate and Culture

Session 2: Assessing the Climate in Your Unit

Session 3: Building a Positive and Inclusive Work Environment

Session 4: Management of OIE Cases: Process & Responsibilities