OHSU School of Nursing Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Capacity-Building Program

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Welcome, OHSU SON Faculty & Staff!

You will find answers to many Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about this program below. Please add your questions by filling out the form at the bottom of this page. If you prefer, email your questions to [email protected]

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DEI training, Implicit bias training

What are the Overarching Goals of this Training Program?

To equip faculty and staff with the support, insight, and evidence-based skills they need to cultivate and maintain an inclusive organizational, educational, and classroom culture.

To ensure faculty and staff have the knowledge and skills needed to consistently use evidence-based anti-bias and inclusive strategies throughout the organization, in their classrooms, and in student relationships.

To increase faculty’s sense of confidence, job satisfaction, positive belonging, and feelings of connection to their colleagues and to OHSU School of Nursing.

To support OHSU School of Nursing in becoming a national leader in proactively investing in and achieving success in the creation of a school climate and culture that results in deep diversity, full inclusion, and true equity for all.

Faculty practicing DEI skills

What Topics Will be Covered?

  • Factors that differentiate successful DEI initiatives and efforts from those that fail (or even make things worse)
  • How, when, and why unintended biases affect classroom dynamics, interactions with students and colleagues, grading, and mentoring ​
  • Pragmatic, concrete, and evidence-based strategies for preventing unintended biases from affecting classroom dynamics, interactions with students and colleagues, grading, and mentoring​
  • Practical steps for creating true openness to diverse perspectives (why it’s so hard and what to do about it)
  • Diversity and dissension: best practices for constructive disagreement
  • ​Navigating stereotype threat, trauma, and social stressors
  • Evidence-based best practices for creating identity-safe classrooms and bringing out the best in all students
  • Strategies for guiding students and trainees toward bias-free health care
  • Additionally, we will include topics that are responsive to the specific concerns and needs you express on the pre-session survey

What is the Program Structure?

This is a blended learning program that includes facilitated online workshops (instructor-led training or “ILT”) and independent self-guided learning activities.

This program runs from January through May 2023. In January 2023, you will complete a pre-session questionnaire and get oriented to the program. From February through May, you will participate in four online facilitated workshops, approximately one month apart, and complete around two hours of required self-guided learning activities between workshop sessions. The detailed schedule and ongoing FAQs can be found below.

Faculty practicing DEI skills

What Do You Mean by “Evidence-Based?”

All aspects of the training are fully responsive to cutting-edge evidence from a wide array of relevant disciplines. The base of evidence can be placed into three broad categories of evidence:

  • evidence that drives learning objectives
  • evidence that guides our approach for engaging learners in anti-racism and bias-prevention interventions and activities
  • evidence regarding best practices for adult learning

A unique aspect of the way we think about intervention is that we are extensively guided by research on factors that enhance the learner’s ability to absorb and take action on difficult, challenging, or even distressing topics (such as racism) by:

  • Creating a psychologically safe learning environment
  • Promoting a growth and learning mindset toward interracial and other inter-group interactions
  • Recognizing the relationship between the goals of the training and your closely held values
  • Providing you with specific and feasible strategies for living your values
  • Increasing your confidence (self-efficacy) so that you can make a powerful difference
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What Do You Mean by “Learner-Centered?”

Our approach respects you, the learners, as active agents who bring with you backgrounds, challenges, experiences, circumstances, knowledge and beliefs, sociocultural values, and ideas. Each of these things impacts how you learn and integrate new information.

We keep in mind that learners are:

  • the most engaged when learning experiences are clearly relevant to things that matter to them
  • the most motivated when they feel they are solving real problems and learning skills they can put to work immediately
  • much more likely to retain and apply new skills and information when they are truly engaged in the learning process

Training is most effective when it meets learners where they are. We use a variety of approaches in adapting to learners’ individual needs:

  • Learners have a variety of backgrounds and experiences with inequities, exclusion, discrimination, and marginalization. The way our content and processes affect learners will vary based on their lived experiences.
  • We seek to provide maximum benefit and prevent harm by using trauma-informed and respectful practice. This includes:
    • Shining a light on the different ways topics can affect people and the nature of discrimination and marginalization trauma
    • Respecting learners’ individual agency to make informed choices for themselves (rather than assuming based on perceived group category)
    • Creating an empowering and respectful environment that supports learners both in their own choices and in changing their minds
    • Adapting activities for relevance and meaning
    • Providing relevant supportive resources

Learners are at various stages in their journey to understand the topics covered. There is strong evidence that a growth and learning mindset promotes a commitment to lifelong learning. We seek to empower learners to take action by promoting a growth and learning mindset that provides learners space to practice new skills and learn from mistakes.

Please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns that were not addressed above. If you prefer, email us at [email protected]

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