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Training Programs

If in the last few years
you haven’t discarded
a major opinion or
acquired a new one,
check your pulse. You
may be dead.

—Gelett Burgess

Alphabet Soup Seminar

The Alphabet Soup Seminar is offered regularly to inform hiring officials about their obligations under federal and state nondiscrimination laws. It covers an array of topics such as diversity in the workplace, sexual harassment, the Americans with Disabilities Act and Vanderbilt’s Affirmative Action Program. It also covers pertinent Vanderbilt policies, administrative responsibilities and procedures on how to file a grievance and complete a Self-Audit Report. The seminar concludes with a panel comprised of representatives from employee relations, general counsel, and EAD. The panel is to give participants an opportunity to ask questions concerning EAD related issues.

Attitudes Toward Differences Workshop

The Attitudes Toward Differences Workshop is designed to help participants explore their personal biases and why they may have them. The two-hour session is presented by two co-facilitators who help participants understand the importance of accepting and appreciating others at the workplace. The premise is that once biases are known, one can work towards thinking and treating people more favorably.

Sexual Harassment Workshop

The Sexual Harassment Workshop is offered for Vanderbilt employees and students and by request to individual departments as in-service training. Federal regulations are presented along with specific examples of sexual harassment followed by a discussion of ways to prevent and/or deal with sexual harassment.

Disability 101 Workshop

The Disability 101 Workshop gives an overview of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). It provides hiring officials and supervisors key tools in deciding whether an employee has a disability under the ADA, how a disability may affect an employee’s essential job functions and gives guidance on what to do if that is the case. It also explores the parameters around providing a reasonable accommodation and offers tips for interviewing persons with disabilities.

These trainings can be tailored to meet the needs of your department. To request a training, please contact the EAD at (615) 322-4705.