“The university’s Department of Organizational Learning is offering the courses as part of its diversity, equity and inclusion initiative”
This is coming from the school’s DEI office. Anyone surprised?
The College Fix reports:
UMich tells faculty to use ‘inclusive language,’ check ‘privilege’ in fall training sessions
New faculty training courses at the University of Michigan this fall ask employees to check their “privilege,” use “inclusive language” for LGBTQ+ individuals, and respond to “harmful microaggressions” on campus.
The university’s Department of Organizational Learning is offering the courses as part of its diversity, equity and inclusion initiative – a campus-wide effort that includes students as well as faculty and staff.
Three of the fall employee training classes, offered in congruence with the university’s Department of Human Resources, are designed to expand employees’ DEI “knowledge,” according to a summary published by the university.
One course, “Change It Up!” seeks to train individuals on “bystander intervention skills,” which involve intervening “in situations that negatively impact individuals, organizations, and the campus community,” the course description states.
Another training offered to faculty and staff this fall, “Understanding Privilege,” teaches individuals to recognize “privilege” and understand it with respect to diversity, equity and inclusion, the course description states.
The third course, “LGBTQIA+: An Introduction to Inclusive Language,” instructs employees to “affirm” the needs of a diverse and “inclusive” community and to build strategies to practice using inclusive language, according to the course description.
Similar courses have been offered to students at the university, such as one in 2022 that taught on “strategies to intervene and disrupt harm, such as microaggressions, bias incidents, stereotyping, sexual harassment, etc.”
The course also taught students how to “act as an ally and educator, especially when you hold privilege and power and witness harm to those who do not hold privilege and power” and “receive and respond to feedback about harm you caused, even if unintentional.”
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