One of the goals established for the Division of Financial Affairs (DFA) and Cornell Information Technologies (CIT) joint diversity initiative was to have every staff member from both units complete the university’s diversity training program, Respect@Cornell University: Eliminating Harassment and Discrimination. The training effort, which began in January, was completed right on schedule, by the end of May.
Twenty-three sessions in all were held to accommodate the nearly 600 training participants. Laurel Parker, equal employment opportunity (EEO) consultant and training facilitator, is enthusiastic about the high level of engagement and participation from employees across the university. “This training is aimed at ensuring that our community can identify potential acts of prohibited harassment and discrimination, know who to contact and consult about it, and take appropriate steps to prevent this conduct. To date, over 5,000 members of the Cornell community have completed the course, and many participated in facilitated discussions such as the ones sponsored by DFA and CIT, to respond to real-life cases that arise at Cornell and answer questions about their roles and responsibilities as part of a caring community.”
The DFA & CIT Diversity Committee is now working toward establishing more training opportunities in the coming fiscal year and will submit a proposal to senior management next quarter to obtain agreement on the new courses.