The Office of Diversity & Inclusion hosts several Lunch & Learn sessions throughout the academic year. These workshops are interactive and geared towards faculty and staff. Lunch in the form of sandwiches is provided. We have some exciting new topics coming up this year!
2018-2019 Professional Development Workshop Series:
Diversity Beyond the Buzz Word
Thursday, August 30, 2018: 12:00-1:30 pm at Sadler Center, Chesapeake C.
Topic: Supplier Diversity- Why It Matters
W&M is always looking for opportunities to enhance diversity within the university for students, faculty and staff. Working to advance the equity for small, women-owned, and minority-owned, (SWaM) and service disabled veterans in the suppliers W&M uses for goods/services is also extremely important. In FY2018, W&M surpassed its 42% SWaM utilization goal at 42.3%, over $51.67M spent either directly or indirectly with SWaM businesses. But reaching the goal once isn’t enough – we need to hear from our campus clients on ways we can increase SWaM utilization across campus.
Come learn how to find SWaM vendors with W&M contracts, ways you can contribute to increasing supplier diversity at W&M and providing potential opportunities to our local businesses through education and outreach. This workshop will be facilitated by the Procurement Office. Lunch will be provided.
Please register at https://forms.wm.edu/37948
Monday, September 17, 2018: 12:00-1:30 pm at Sadler Center, Chesapeake C.
Topic: Resilience & Mental Health
This session will explore the concepts of resilience & mental health and how we can develop practical skills to address each. This workshop will be facilitated by the Counseling Center and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Lunch will be provided.
Please register at https://forms.wm.edu/38372
Tuesday, October 9, 2018: 12:00-1:30 pm at Sadler Center, Chesapeake C.
Topic: December Dilemma
Religion and spirituality show up in the workplace in overt and subtle ways on a regular basis, from observed holidays, to employee attire and jewelry, to office decorations and foods, and even informal discussions among colleagues. These expressions of faith can be opportunities to come together or they can create deep divisions that impact employee satisfaction and retention. This workshop will be facilitated by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC). Lunch will be provided.
Please register at http://forms.wm.edu/38374
Tuesday, November 6, 2018: 12:00-1:30 pm at Davis Hall, Owens-Bryant Board Room.
Topic: Welcoming International Diversity
VIMS benefits from significant international diversity. Our academic and research programs are strengthened by including knowledge and experience from around the world. This session will help us better understand each other and develop ways that we can foster a more inclusive community for our valued international students, staff, and faculty. All are welcome!
Catered boxed lunches will be provided. Please register for this event using the following link: http://forms.wm.edu/39714
Wednesday, November 28, 2018: 12:00-1:30 pm at Sadler Center, Chesapeake C.
This session will define and explain in depth the concept of ageism and how this form of bias impacts students, faculty, and staff on a college campus. This workshop will be facilitated by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC). Lunch will be provided.
Please register at http://forms.wm.edu/38376
*The Spring 2019 schedule will be posted by December 3, 2018 so check back for updates.