Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Every person has the right to live, learn, and work in a welcoming, respectful and inclusive environment. At Vermont Technical College, it is your responsibility to help create and maintain such an environment.
All members of the Vermont Tech community—students, staff, and faculty—are expected to respect each other and to respect the differences and diversity each person brings to the community. Everyone is treated equally and given an equal chance to contribute and grow. Vermont Tech actively works to develop and support diversity and equity within the staff, faculty, and student body.
Fall 2020 Lunch & Learn Events
Zoom | 12-1 pm
October 2: Implicit Bias
Join us as we share information about how unconscious attitudes, stereotypes and beliefs affect how we treat and interact with others. Implicit Biases can affect how we perceive and respond to people in our community and can lead to unfair or exclusionary practices. We will provide foundational information about implicit bias as well as discuss strategies to begin to recognize and interrupt our own biases as we engage with each other across our campuses.
October 9: Words Matter: Recognizing Stereotypes and Racist/Expressions in our Everyday Lives
Have you ever thought about where the expression, I was gyped! came from? Some words and expressions that we use every day can stereotype or oppress groups of people. Today’s discussion we will examine some of these expressions and words to help us understand how these expressions started, what their original meaning was and why using them helps to perpetuate stereotypes that contribute to bias, micro-aggressions and exclusion.
October 16: Interrupting Bias and Racism: Decision Making and Practice
Have you ever experienced a situation when someone said something bias or racist and you didn’t know what to say? Today we will examine strategies to help you think about how you can respond to these incidents so you are better prepared in the future.
October 23: Patricia Parrow to speak on “Race and the Criminal Justice System: Exploring Racial Disparities in Vermont & the United States.” This will be hosted through the Hartness library
October 30: Engaging in Challenging Conversations
Do you have a friend, family member, colleague or boss who has said something that has left you troubled, upset or down right horrified? Have you been hesitant to talk to them about what is bothering you because of possible repercussions for either your personal or professional relationship? Today we will review why it is so challenging to engage in these conversations and learn some strategies that can help you enter into these challenging conversations in a productive and intentional way. This is an introductory conversation.
November 6: So the election just happened. Now what?
It has been a tremendously tumultuous and STRESSFUL time. We as a community, and as a nation have been grappling with systemic disparities that have polarized our communities. This coupled with our historic election has left many of us feeling a complicated mixture of fear, anxiety, hope, despair, anger, resolution, vulnerability and confusion. This week’s lunch and learn is dedicated to engaging in small group conversations to help us grapple and sort out some of those feelings. We hope to structure the conversation so there is time to express your current state of mind and then offer each other mutual support and encouragement to move forward as an inclusive community. Questions, tips and strategies to engage in positive and constructive conversations, and resources will be provided.
November 13: Becoming an Ally
This fall, we as a VTC community have been introduced to key racial and social justice concepts and vocabulary to help us build a stronger, more inclusive community. Today we will finish our fall 2020 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion series by discussing how to use our skills to become an ALLY to those in our community who are marginalized, oppressed, and harmed by biased or racist incidents. This is an introductory conversation.
Campus Culture Support Team
The Campus Culture team will address harms and micro-aggressions that don’t rise to the level of conduct and support the person who has been harmed by offering resources and information. We would also use these incidences as a guide to the type of educational programming that would need to happen on campus so we could improve the “climate” for those people who have been harmed.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee
The Diversity Equity and Inclusion committee would be made up of a broad section of people across our college who are interested in examining ways that we can improve equity and inclusion at VTC. Together we could make recommendations about educational programming offered, speakers that we might want to bring in or initiatives that we might want to prioritize