Each face-to-face training workshop runs for two hours. (can be customized to a shorter time frame). Facilitated by an experienced Human Rights and Safe Disclosure Advisor, individuals learn about these issues through thoughtfully presented case studies and dynamic group discussions.
A description of each standard session is listed below. Our office can also provide tailored training on any safe disclosure or human rights issue to suit your group’s needs.
The preference for the maximum number of people per sessions is 25.
Understanding the University of Alberta’s Human Rights Policy
Human Rights matter. As a campus community, we often agree with this in principle. Rarely, do we stop to consider how this applies to our daily lives.
In this introductory workshop, you will gain a basic knowledge of how human rights can be applied to your work, living or study environments at the University of Alberta. This workshop provides faculty, staff and students with an overview of their responsibility when dealing with issues of human rights as highlighted in the revised University of Alberta’s Discrimination, Harassment and Duty to Accommodate Policy. There will also be an opportunity for individuals to gain further resources when dealing with human rights issues.
Bullying often comes with quite a hefty price tag. Bullying in the work or study environment can lead to increases in stress levels, sick time and absenteeism, while decreasing productivity and potentially causing untold misery for workers or students. The good news is that bullying is preventable. If it is already in progress, bullying can be stopped.
In this workshop, individuals will learn how to define and identify different types of bullying. Through a series of guided conversations, individuals will learn how to address bullying behaviour and assist those who have been the subject of bullying. Learners will get practical resources on where to access services and support when faced with the issue of bullying here on campus.
Civility and Respect in the Workplace or Learning Environment
Feeling valued, respected and included is all part of the experience we want to encourage here at the University of Alberta. This workshop gives individuals an overview of what a respectful learning environment and workplace should look and feel like. It will help individuals to develop a respectful and inclusive vocabulary, while raising awareness about how thoughtful interaction with someone at the University of Alberta can improve work, study or living environments.
Best Practices: Intake and Disclosure
At some point in your academic or working career at the University of Alberta, you might face an ethical dilemma. Ethical dilemmas do not always have a prescriptive and clear-cut response (unless there is evidence of breaking the law). You may have discovered something you believe to be illegal or fraudulent, or someone may report something to you that is outside the scope and accepted standards of the University of Alberta.
In this session, learners will be educated on the definitions, legal parameters and basic framework for disclosing violations of ethical standards as outlined in the University of Alberta’s Ethical Conduct and Safe Disclosure Policy. This workshop provides managers and staff with case studies of common disclosure circumstances along with the practical skills of how to conduct an appropriate intake of an ethical concern.
What is Duty to Accommodate?
As the University of Alberta strives for more inclusion, we need to ensure that policies, physical environments or workplace cultures do not have a negative effect on a person because of the person’s mental or physical disability, religion, gender or any other protected ground. Therefore, we must all take reasonable steps to accommodate individuals unless it is to the point of undue hardship. Some examples of accommodations include time off for extended illness and observance of religious practices at set times during the workday for followers of certain faiths.
In this workshop, learners will familiarize themselves with how to recognize and respond to a duty to accommodate situation, the definition of undue hardship, and responsibilities for staff, students and faculty members as it relates to the University of Alberta`s revised Discrimination, Harassment and Duty to Accommodate Policy. Finally, this workshop will offer practical resources to those staff, students and faculty unsure of where to go to either get help, or to figure out how to meet an accommodation request.