This series of three 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. In the first program, participants will be introduced to key issues encountered in the workplace and why it is important for leaders to take initiative in setting the tone for improving the culture and climate.  The second session will then acquaint participants with a toolkit for assessing the climate in their unit.  In the third session, participants will explore ways to work towards building a more respectful and inclusive work environment.

This series is a collaboration between the Academic Advancement Network, Academic Human Resources, Human Resources, Office of Institutional Equity, Prevention, Outreach and Engagement. and Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.

Each session will build on content from the previous one; however, if you cannot attend a session, it will not preclude you from attending other sessions.  Sessions will be recorded.

Session 4: Management of OIE Cases: Process & Responsibilities

Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Zoom Webinar

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.

Presenters/Panelists:

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

To register for this session click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Cindi Leverich (youngcin@msu.edu).

Session 3: Building a Positive and Inclusive Work Environment

Date: Friday, November 20, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Zoom Webinar

Angela Hall, Associate Professor and Associate Director for Graduate Programs, Human Resources and Labor Relations
Lynn Lammers, Education and Development Artistic Coordinator, Transforming Theatre Troupe

Part presentation and part theatrical case study, this session will explore what it takes to move a unit forward in becoming a more inclusive and respectful place for working and learning.

Session 2: Assessing the Climate in your Unit

Date: Friday, October 23, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Zoom Webinar

Sharri Margraves, Associate Director, Human Resources
Lydia Weiss, Climate & Response Specialist, Prevention, Outreach and Education Department
Jennie Yelvington, Program Manager, Organization and Professional Development

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 wellbeing, and increase effectiveness in accomplishing unit goals. This workshop will outline a climate assessment toolkit that can be employed immediately within your unit.

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

Date: Friday, October 9, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Zoom Webinar

Rebecca Campbell, Professor, Psychology, Chairperson of the MSU RVSM Expert Advisory Workgroup and Presidential Advisor
Carrie Moylan, Assistant Professor, Social Work
Lydia Weiss, Climate & Response Specialist, Prevention, Outreach and Education Department
Suzanne Lang, Interim Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Human Resources

Panelists:
Joe Salem, Dean, MSU Libraries
Teresa Mastin, Chairperson, Advertising and Public Relations
Vennie Gore, Senior Vice President, Auxiliary Enterprises

To create lasting change, one must first understand the context they are working in.  In 2019, MSU administered the “Know More” survey to faculty, staff and students to gauge their perceptions of the current institutional climate, particularly related to relationship violence and sexual misconduct (RVSM).  A brief presentation of these survey results will provide participants with insights into key issues related to RVSM, identity-based harassment, and broader concerns that are affecting the MSU community.   Using this as a foundation, the session will then 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. Finally, a panel of university leaders who have been working at changing the climate in their units will share their experiences and lessons learned.

If you have any questions, please contact Cindi Leverich (youngcin@msu.edu).

Resources from past 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