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Community & Equity 101: Defining and Cultivating Inclusive Excellence at WSU

In this interactive workshop, the presenters will articulate WSU values related to equity and inclusive excellence as participants engage in exploring key terms related to equity and inclusion, examine notions of intent versus impact, and build knowledge around affirming language. This workshop is intended as a pilot to help shape a developmental series for participants to gain and build upon knowledge, skills, caring, and action across the institution.

We prefer that those who are located on the Pullman campus attend in Pullman, as the training is very interactive and it provides the best learning experience. If you are unable to attend in person, please make sure that you have a webcam and microphone so you can contribute to the group activities.

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Community & Equity 102: Who are You? Fostering Critical Self Awareness to Engage Across Difference

Equity 102, the second session in the new Equity Workshop Series, encourages participants to foster critical self-awareness as they explore their own identities, including their unique characteristics and social locations. Throughout the workshop, participants will discuss how their identities shape their beliefs, values, expectations, perceptions, and actions and develop skills for engaging across difference at WSU.

Equity 101 is a prerequisite for this training.

Please make sure that you have a webcam and microphone so you can contribute to the group activities.

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Community & Equity 103: Moving From Equality Towards Equity

Equity 103 will expand participants’ understanding of how they can build an equity-minded WSU. Participants will examine the distinct difference between equity and equality; explore concepts of power, marginalization, and privilege; discuss historical and ongoing inequities in society; and build skills for fostering equity.
Equity 101 and 102 are prerequisites for this training.

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Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Prevention – An Overview

The goal of this course is to assist WSU in maintaining a safe and respectful working and learning environment. It describes different types of discrimination and harassment, including prohibited personal behaviors, identifies key WSU Executive Policies addressing these topics, and provides links to specific offices and resources available to help in cases of alleged discrimination and harassment. Employee and supervisor responsibilities when misconduct is reported or observed are highlighted.

Dreaded Conversations: Effectively Communicating Difficult News

Do you sometimes have to deliver unpleasant news? How do you convey challenging information in a way that corrects problems, protects relationships and results in ultimate success? This workshop examines many of the common barriers to effective communication and provides tips and skills for successful interaction.

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence. What is it? Why does it matter to me? Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a concept that relates to how we manage ourselves and how we relate to others. This session is designed to provide an overview of the components of EI, as well as to facilitate discussion on how we use it in our own management and leadership roles. Areas of application include corrective and disciplinary actions, effective communication and team development.

Fair Labor Standards Act

This online course provides an overview of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and its application within Washington State University. It explains who is covered under FLSA, outlines the Washington Administrative Code overtime standards, reviews meal and rest period requirements, provides guidance for hours worked during travel, highlights potential penalties for non-compliance, and demonstrates an overall overtime management approach for supervisors.

Note: On November 22, 2016, a U.S. District Court judge issued a preliminary injunction postponing the effective date of the Department of Labor’s overtime rule change. The new overtime rule requires employees be designated as overtime eligible if they earn less than $47,476 per year or $913 per week. The rule was scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2016. It is expected that the Department of Labor will appeal the ruling, however it is uncertain how long that process may take.

Due to this injunction, WSU will postpone converting employees to overtime eligible until this legal matter is resolved. HRS will prepare letters notifying affected employees in the coming weeks.

Direct any questions regarding FLSA or this change to HRS: HRS Service Teams

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Labor Relations

This online course addresses the statutory provisions for collective bargaining, current Washington State laws and regulations associated with collective bargaining and civil service reform, the labor relations structure at WSU, bargaining unit employee rights, the role of stewards, and the grievance procedure.

Position Descriptions, Expectations and Performance Evaluations

This course examines the first two building blocks of Washington State University performance management: job descriptions and job expectations. The steps in writing a current and accurate job description including qualifications and the identification of mental and physical requirements are provide. Additional topics include the concept and requirements of a well written job expectation and how to group job expectations for use in performance evaluations. In addition, this course will also examine the purpose and value of regular performance evaluations/annual reviews.

Supervisor as Safety Manager

Washington State University is dedicated to providing a workplace where employees can be productive and free from injury and in complying with state safety laws. This course provides information on the new employee safety checklist, the Supervisors’ Safety Manual, WSU’s Accident Prevention Program and the supervisor’s role in performing inspections and reporting and investigating accidents.

Supervisory Roundtable Discussion: Performance Management Issues

This roundtable discussion offers WSU supervisors an opportunity to meet face-to-face and share ideas, opinions and solutions on a variety of issues important to performance management. The conversation is facilitated by a Human Resource Professional and will include such topics as position descriptions, performance expectations, annual reviews, leave and corrective action.

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Supervisory Roundtable Discussion: Recruitment and Hiring Issues

This roundtable discussion offers WSU supervisors an opportunity to meet face-to-face and share ideas, opinions and solutions on a variety of issues important to recruitment and hiring. The conversation is facilitated by a Human Resource Professional and will include such topics as notice of vacancies, EEO/AA issues, screening and interviewing candidates, and onboarding new hires.

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Understanding and Managing Leave

This workshop addresses the most typical leave issues mangers and supervisors need to manage. It addresses such questions as:

  • What type of leave should my employees be using?
  • When is their leave request something I handle at the departmental level, and when should it be directed to HRS?
  • How can the work be done when I have an employee who is off work for an extended period of time?

Whistleblower Act

The intent of the Whistleblower Act enacted by the Washington State Legislature is to provide an avenue for state employees to report improper governmental actions. Aspects of the Whistleblower Program explained in this course include what is considered improper governmental action, the timeframe in which to report improper governmental actions, who can file a Whistleblower assertion, the procedures for filing an assertion, what precludes an employee from making a false assertion, and who investigates Whistleblower assertions when they are filed.