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BUILD at DePaul Course Descriptions

​​​Below are some examples of the sessions offered through the BUILD program. Please note this list is not exhaustive.

(*) denotes required course

This workshop explores best practices in recruiting and mentoring of a diverse workforce. Areas to be explored are: how to conduct a proactive search, inclusive interviewing and the importance of understanding cultural differences in the selection process, employee engagement and success, and how to mentor your team to tap into creativity and problem solving. Case studies, role playing and exercises are used as interactive tools to assist participants in applying workshop content.

Participants will learn about the various federal, state and local laws prohibiting harassment and discrimination as well as the university's policies and procedures regarding discrimination and harassment, including what to do when harassment and/or discrimination has occurred. This course also covers what must be reported as well as outlines the responsibilities and liability of supervisors and administration.

Cognitive errors and microaggressions spring from the same well: deeply ingrained, unexamined sources of bias. This session explores the brain science and research behind both implicit bias and microaggressions and unpacks how they function in our lives and  serve to create harm (even if unintended or unconsciously driven). Tools will be provided to help participants learn to identify the implicit biases they hold and practice concrete skills to counter cognitive errors. We will also delve into harm recovery- what do you do when you've experienced a microaggression? What do you do if you were the one microaggressed?

Participants will critically examine their own identities, to more thoroughly understand the raced, gendered, classed, etc. lenses by which they exist in the world and interact with others, and unpack privilege, power, subordination, intersectionality, and other dynamics. The goal of this session is to discern where experiential blindspots may exist, that impact the actual goals of inclusion, anti-racism, and belonging. We'll connect those blindspots to how power operates silently and commit to key action steps to counteract gaps that produce or increase inequities or feelings of lack of belonging. We will also briefly explore self-care for minoritized/marginalized students as an essential part of the ability to survive. 

This workshop explores best practices in engaging and retaining a diverse workforce. Areas to be explored are: employee engagement and success, creating inclusive and supportive environments, and how to mentor your team to tap into creativity and problem solving. Case studies, group discussions and exercises are used as interactive tools to assist participants in applying workshop content.

Using the World Trust film and accompanying learning modules, this course seeks to deepen participants' individual and collective understanding of a system of inequity, develop their capacities to analyze racial injustice, and increase confidence to address the system of inequity by creating strong alliances and relationships to motivate change.

The Capstone project and workshop are designed as the culminating experience in the BUILD program. It provides a project environment through which BUILD participants have the opportunity to integrate knowledge and strategies that they have gained in their various workshops in the program. The capstone project offers participants the opportunity to explore a problem or issue of particular personal or professional interest and to address that problem or issue through further focused study and applied research. In the hands-on workshop, the facilitator will guide the participants in identifying their issue or problem and help them develop a clear and detailed project proposal, which will result in receiving the BUILD certificate. If desired, participants may also present their projects in future Capstone workshops.

This seminar explores the rich religious/spiritual diversity present in the workplace. Through lecture and exercises, participants reflect on their own identities and gain tools and strategies for respectful appreciation of religious/spiritual diversity.

Safe Zone is an ongoing program open to any DePaul students, staff and faculty who are interested in being allies to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer (LGBTQ) communities. The three-hour training session incorporates lecture and interactive activities to educate participants on basic terminology, LGBTQ history, coming out and ally development.

This interactive training addresses challenges faced by undocumented students at DePaul University and appropriate ways we can assist them.

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