HR Training and Development

Rethinking Race: Face-2-Face Discussion

As part of the University’s Rethinking Race events, Human Resources will be leading a discussion on March 5 at 11:30 a.m. on Being an Ally and Bystander in the Workplace. This interactive discussion will help participants identify their barriers to addressing exclusionary behavior in the workplace, and discuss various options for being an ally or responding to behaviors as a bystander. Participants will leave the discussion with a better understanding of what prevents them from speaking up and options to help build a more inclusive workplace that feel genuine to them.  Participants can join by Teams or in Leigh Hall Room 208.  Due to capacity limits, please register in advance here.  Please contact Tami Hannon, or x. 8201, with any questions.

Inclusivity Training

The EEO Office, in collaboration with the Office of Inclusion & Equity and the Department of Student Life, offers regular trainings aimed at fostering an inclusive workplace. These virtual trainings consist of a 25-30 presentation followed by small group discussions to allow participants a deeper dive into the topic presented. Trainings are open to all employees. Click here for a schedule of training topics. Please contact Tami Hannon at 330-972-8201 or with questions about the training, to suggest topics for future sessions or to register for a training.

Training and Development Courses Available Through Brightspace:

To access these training materials, please log in to the Brightspace portal using your UA Login. 

All search committee members are required to take this course regardless of past experience serving on search committees. The content has been amended to provide search committee members with consistent information. 

For a step-by-step guide to reviewing job applicants in PeopleSoft HCM, see our Search Committee Job Aid.

Please contact Angie Kerley at ext. 6547 if:

  • you have a committee member who is not a member of the campus community, or
  • your Department/Division would prefer in-person training.

All new employees which include full-time and part-time faculty, contract professionals, and full-time and part-time staff are required to complete this sexual harassment and discrimination training. This program is self-paced and can be accessed at any time.   Please contact the EEO Office if you have questions regarding this training, or if you need to register for the training.

The University of Akron's policies in regards to discrimination and harassment ensure that the University community is aware of our commitment towards an environment that fosters fairness for all.  To assist with creating an inclusive environment, all employees are offered annual online training designed to make our community aware of the resources and commitment towards maintaining an environment free of discrimination and harassment.  Information about this annual training will be provided by the EEO Office.

 Contact the EEO/AA Office at ext. 7300 or should you have any questions or issues completing the training.

Human Resources developed a concise training outlining the part-time faculty hiring process and migrated the training module into Brightspace. All Hiring Process Managers responsible for the hiring process for part-time faculty should take this training.

The EEO Office can provide training on building inclusive environments, understanding and responding to microaggressions, understanding and managing unconscious bias, working with individuals from other backgrounds, and the Title IX process.  Prior trainings have included:

Building a Welcoming Culture

Respecting Each other – Working Across Differences

Respectful Workplaces

Identifying and Responding to Sexual Harassment

Social and Professional Boundaries

Intent vs. Impact – Understanding Our Actions

Title IX Overview

EEO Overview

Employment Basics (Discrimination and Harassment Introduction for Students)

Trainings are designed to be interactive and are customized to fit any specific needs and goals of your department.  Please contact the EEO Office to discuss options for training or to schedule a session for your department.