Education & Training

Foundational Trainings

Description: The purpose of the of these foundational trainings is for University of Minnesota Medical School faculty to develop a crucial baseline knowledge of the fundamentals on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and its intersection with our work with various stakeholders in the healthcare field. 

These trainings will help us to better understand why these DEI elements are core to our work in the pursuit of excellence in our medical discovery and patient care. Additionally, we are striving to increase diversity in the medical field to reflect the communities that we serve, especially those who are underserved and historically marginalized.

Each session is a live, interactive, virtual 90-minute training and will include large group grounding and discussions, interactive breakout rooms, opportunities to engage in self-reflection and self-assessment, and actionable takeaways. Attendees will receive 15-20 minute pre-work content to prepare to come fully engaged in each session.

Implicit Bias

Description: Implicit Bias is a form of prejudiced attitudes, actions, and behaviors that occur automatically and unintentionally, that nevertheless affects judgments, decisions, and behaviors. In order to remain excellent and innovative, we must embrace diversity of thought, actions, and lived experiences. Our awareness of implicit bias will help us strengthen our decision making that allows us to boldly walk in our mission.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define implicit bias and process how it shows up every day.
  • Participants will be able to engage in reflective practices.
  • Participants will be able to determine action steps to combat implicit biases.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday, October 25 at 2-3:30 pm
  • Wednesday, November 30 at 9-10:30
  • Wednesday, December 14 at 11-12:20

Bystander Interventions

Description: Bystander interventions are about recognizing a potentially harmful situation or interaction and choosing to respond in a way that could positively influence an outcome. In the medical field, all voices are not always heard, yet with our teams we want to ensure that everyone feels value for who they are and their expertise. This training is a skill-building process that helps attendees recognize harm and analyze the consequences of our actions–or inactions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define bystander and process how it shows up every day.
  • Participants will be able to engage in reflective practices.
  • Participants will be able to determine action steps to become an active bystander.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday, October 19 at 11-12:30
  • Wednesday, November 16 at 10-11:30
  • Thursday, December 8 at 2-3:30

Microaggressions & Macroaggressions

Description: A microaggression is an indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group. A macroaggression is a large-scale or overt aggression toward those of a marginalized group. The consequences of these everyday occurrences impede the work we do with others and the progress we make as a collective to create belonging for all our community members. This training allows attendees to be mindful of these types of discriminatory practices and how to address them in team dynamics.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define microaggressions and macroaggressions and process how they show up every day.
  • Participants will be able to engage in reflective practices.
  • Participants will be able to determine action steps to combat micro and macro aggressions.

Upcoming Dates: 

  • Thursday, November 10 at 1-2:30
  • Tuesday, December 20 at 1-2:30

Micro Affirmations and Allyship: Addressing Workplace Toxicity and Power Dynamics

Description: Micro affirmations are small acts of appreciation, praise, and recognition that others provide as feedback and encouragement (Ed Equity Resources). In order to boost morale and ensure value in others and what they contribute to our community and learning environment, we need to address workplace toxicity and power dynamics. One way in which we might do this is through the notion of allyship: the support of and advocacy for those in marginalized groups.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define micro affirmations, allyship, and power dynamics.
  • Participants will be able to engage in reflective practices.
  • Participants will be able to determine action steps to productively engage in practices that promote micro affirmations and allyship in a work environment to mitigate workplace toxicity and promote a positive work culture.

Upcoming Dates: 

  • Thursday, November 3rd, 2-3:30 pm
  • Wednesday, December 7th, 9-10:30 am

Meet the Team

Matt Amundson, MEd, and Shanea Turner-Smith, MSW, LGSW, are the new Learning & Development Managers (L&D) for the Medical School’s ODEI. They look forward to meeting with faculty and facilitating the foundational trainings. Please contact them at amund636@umn.edu and sturners@umn.edu if you or your team have interest in learning and training opportunities!

Matt Amundson and Shanea Turner-Smith