Harper College

DEI Trainings

The DEI Office provides annual and requested trainings and presentations on a variety of topics for students, faculty, and staff. 

Past trainings have included:

  • Allies, Accomplices and Co-Conspirators
  • Developing an Equity Mindset
  • Equity in Action
  • Operationalizing Equity
  • Understanding DEI and the benefits of the Cultural Center (for students)
  • Understanding Microaggressions
  • Unlearning Unconscious Bias

Interested in a DEI training for students or your team? Contact us at harperdei@harpercollege.edu

Available 2023-2024 trainings for faculty and staff: 

I.M.P.A.C.T. (Intentionally Making Progress with Accountability and Critical Thought.)

DEI Professional Development for Faculty and Staff

You want to make an impact on this campus? Join the DEI department’s I.M.P.A.C.T. professional development sessions.

The purpose of these professional development sessions are to provide members of the Harper community (faculty and staff) with opportunities to intentionally increase their understanding of topics related to equity, diversity, and inclusion so that their practices, individual and departmental, can contribute to equitable transformation at the college. It is one of Harper’s core values to demonstrate respect by interacting with and caring for others in a way that adds dignity to all persons. To foster a community of care and belonging, these sessions help employees on their personal journey of learning, reflecting, reimagining, and transforming. 

Harper college has invested in Vector Solutions and LinkedIn Learning for its employees. Both platforms offer a wealth of DEI trainings from experts in the field. Rather than replicate this asynchronous, virtual material, and due to the time constraints of the workday, I.M.P.A.C.T sessions serve as a complement and follow-up to trainings already completed by participants. I.M.P.A.C.T is an innovative way to create accountability and intentional space for growth, by engaging employees in reflective dialogue and activities. Doing so allows for a deeper understanding of the material in a group setting. This also allows participants to ideate with one another about the specific action steps they will take to enact equitable change on Harper’s campus. 

Sessions are available virtually or in-person. Each training is 1 hour and 30 minutes which involves group discussions, share-outs, activities, and time for creating a personal action plan. I.M.P.A.C.T sessions follow a workshop format whereby the trainer serves as a facilitator and co-learner in the space.

Please note: It is strongly recommended that attendees view the recommended vector/Linkedin videos prior to trainings. IMPACT sessions are conversational, with the expectation that attendees have a baseline understanding of the topics. A brief overview will be provided at the beginning of each session but, overall, the sessions will engage participants in dialogue and activities to expand their understanding and application of the knowledge.

Spring 2024 Schedule

IMPACT: How to be Inclusive. February 8, 2024. 2:00-3:30 PM.

Building D, Room D281. Cultural Center.

LinkedIn pre-work recommendation: Individual Accountability for Equity and Inclusion

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Define terms such as inclusion, identity, belonging, and psychological safety.
  • Discuss their social identities.
  • Identify common practices of inclusion.
  • Create a plan to incorporate (3) inclusive practices into their work.

 Registration is now closed.


IMPACT: Recognizing Our Biases. February 15, 2024. 2:00-3:30 PM.

Building D, Room D281. Cultural Center.

Vector pre-work recommendation: The Influence of Unconscious Bias

Learning Objectives

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Define unconscious bias, conscious bias, stereotypes, discrimination, and intersectionality.
  • Match different biases with specific examples.
  • Identify their own biases.
  • List two strategies for addressing personal biases.

 Registration is now closed.


IMPACT: Recognizing and Interrupting Microaggressions. March 5, 2024. 2:00-3:30 PM.


Linkedin pre-work recommendation: Dealing with Microaggressions as an Employee

Learning Objectives

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Define the terms microaggression, microassaults, microinsults, and microinvalidations.
  • Identify different microaggressions through real life scenarios.
  • Practice responding to microaggressions.

Registration is now closed.


Last Updated: 3/4/24