Educational Seminars

It is the policy of the University that all employees – full-time/part-time faculty, staff, graduate assistants, and student workers – participate, on an annual basis (based on the academic year), in specified educational training seminars. Vice Presidents, Deans, Department Chairs, and supervisors will be responsible for coordinating the participation of their respective staffs. The deadline to complete the training seminars for faculty and staff is the end of the academic year, May 15, 2021, however, the deadline for graduate assistants and student workers is April 30, 2021. Information about the seminars is provided below.

Specific questions may be directed to the Office of University Training at 450-3135, Charlotte Strickland, Director of Professional Development and Training, training@uca.edu.

2020-21 Required Seminars

  • Workplace Harassment Prevention/Discrimination onsite
    • Sexual Harassment: Staff to Staff online equivalent
  • Title IX onsite
    • Title IX: Roles of Responsible Employees online equivalent
  • Diversity onsite
    • Diversity and Inclusion: Faculty and Staff online equivalent
  • Boundary Invasion (Child Abuse course-online only)
  • FERPA (online only)
  • Cybersecurity Overview (IT course-online only)

Education Seminar Online Opportunities

Online Education Seminars
Employees will receive an e-mail from UCA’s online seminar training vendor SafeColleges. Employees access the online training courses through the myUCA portal using their individual email. Notification e-mails are sent regularly reminding employees to complete the trainings. Once the required training courses are complete and recorded by the Office of University Training, you will no longer receive reminder emails.

You have the option of completing Workplace Harassment Prevention/Discrimination, Diversity, and Title IX on-site or online. Boundary Invasion, FERPA and Cybersecurity Overview must be completed online.

All records of on-site and online participation are kept in the Offices of Human Resources and University Training. Vice Presidents and Council of Dean’s members can access reports for their individual areas.

Additional ‘Optional’ Online Offerings
Numerous additional online educational courses are available for employees. The courses are included in the employee’s SafeColleges homepage. It is up to each Department Head/Supervisor as to whether any further courses are required. These online optional courses (NOT required by the University) are for any employee to participate in and can be accessed multiple times.

Education Seminar On-site Opportunities

The registration system for on-site training seminars will go live on August 3, 2020 and can be accessed through this link: https://uca.edu/training/educational-seminars/training-list/

Employees will use the system to register for the various on-site educational seminars offered throughout the year.

On-site Seminar Notes

  • A scanning device is used to record participant attendance on-site. Please bring your campus ID card or your ID #.
  • X-period is 1:40 – 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Seminar rooms are sometimes chilly; bring a sweater or jacket if you would like.
  • If a seminar includes a meal, it will be noted.

Workplace Harassment Prevention/Discrimination (includes discussion of Sexual Harassment)

Feedback from past seminar participants:

  • “I learned there are always behaviors to be aware of, no matter how innocent. What seems innocent to one may not be perceived by others in the same way.”
  • “There are cultural differences related to perceptions of harassment.”
  • “If/when a situation arises I will be prepared to report and offer resources.”

You have the option of completing this training online or on-site. The online course equivalent is entitled Sexual Harassment: Staff to Staff.

August 21 (Friday)   
9:00 – 10:00 AM
Student Center #215

September 10 (Thursday)
3:00 – 4:00 PM
Student Center #214

October 2 (Friday)
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Student Center #214

November 3 (Tuesday) 
9:00 – 10:00 AM
Student Center #214

January 13 (Wednesday)
9:00 – 10:00 AM
Student Center #215

February 5 (Friday)
9:00 – 10:00 AM
Student Center #214

March 10 (Wednesday)
3:00 – 4:00 PM
Student Center #213

April 13 (Tuesday)  
3:00 – 4:00 PM
Student Center #213

Diversity

Through the years the Office of University Training has brought to campus various diversity topics for discussion (military, spirituality, civility, sexual orientation, ethnicity, etc.).

Feedback from past seminar participants:

  • “I learned new terms! Code switching, dog whistles, different ways to say the same thing, coded language, microagressions, etc.” 
  • “Most definitely I intend to train myself to become more aware of how others may interpret what I say in my interactions and communications.”
  • “It is very important to be open to other people.. It’s okay to voice when you feel you’ve been wronged.”

This year the diversity on-site course is entitled Gender Identity. We will discuss this aspect of diversity on our campus and provide steps towards building inclusion with our words and actions. 

You have the option of completing this training online or on-site. The online course equivalent is entitled Diversity and Inclusion: Faculty and Staff.

August 21 (Friday)  
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Student Center #215

September 25 (Friday)
9:00 – 10:30 AM
Student Center #214

October 20 (Tuesday)
9:00 – 10:30 AM
Student Center #214

November 6 (Friday)
2:00 – 3:30 PM
Student Center #215

January 13 (Wednesday)
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Student Center #215

February 25 (Thursday)
2:00 – 3:30 PM
Student Center #215

March 17 (Wednesday)
2:00 – 3:30 PM
Student Center #214

April 1 (Thursday)
9:00 – 10:30 AM
Student Center #214

Title IX

Includes discussion on Title IX law, UCA policy, and mandatory reporters. The UCA Title IX Coordinator presents this seminar.

You have the option of completing this training online or on-site. The online course equivalent is entitled Title IX: Roles of Responsible Employees.

August 21 (Friday)
1:00 – 2:00 PM
Student Center #215

September 15 (Tuesday)
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Student Center #215

January 13 (Wednesday)
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Student Center #215

February 11 (Thursday)
9:00 – 10:00 AM
Student Center #215

Professional Development

Voluntary educational seminars open to all employees

New Employee Orientation

New Staff Orientation (For non-faculty hired as of January 2020)

September 18 (Friday)
8:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Student Center #213/214
(Lunch provided)

April 16 (Friday)
8:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Student Center #213/214
(Lunch provided)

New Faculty Orientation                

August 17 (Monday)  
8:00 – 4:30 p.m.
College of Business Building
Contact Center for Teaching Excellence at 450-5240 to register or for questions

LGBTQ+ Seminars

(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual Safe Zone Training)
Panel Discussion, Terminology, Being an Ally
Voluntary Session – Open to all UCA campus employees and student population

October 30 (Friday)
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Student Center #213

January 28 (Thursday)
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Student Center #214

Leadership Series

Four education sessions to equip ANY employees who has a desire and opportunity to lead others well!

September 30 (Wednesday)
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Student Center #214

November 12 (Thursday)
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Student Center #214

February 19 (Friday)
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Student Center #214

April 6 (Tuesday)
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Student Center #214

Professional Administrative Staff Reception

April 23 (Friday)
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Student Center #223/224
(Refreshments served)

This program provides food, door prizes, and socialization for UCA employees who serve as professional administrative staff. A short inspirational presentation is provided to remind individuals of the impact they have on this campus.

Service Excellence

UCA C.A.R.E.S. – (Communication, Attitude, Respect, Enthusiasm & Smile!)
For all employees including student workers, graduate assistants, & front line office workers!

August 27 (Thursday)  
1:40 – 2:30 PM (X-Period)
Student Center #213

January 26 (Tuesday) 
1:40 – 2:30 PM (X-Period)
Student Center #214

Bear in Mind Luncheons (Soup/Salad/Discussion)

12:00 – 1:30 PM (meal provided; vegetarian meal provided upon email request)

October 5 (Monday)
UCA Black Male Experience Report
Presenters: Dr. Angela Webster, Dr. Amy Baldwin and Dierre Littleton
Student Center #214

November 10 (Tuesday) 
Ted Talk & Discussion-Finding Common Ground
Facilitator: Charlotte Strickland
Student Center #214

November 20 (Tuesday)
Negativity in the Workplace

Presenter: Charlotte Strickland
Student Center #214

December 2 (Wednesday)
BearX Transcript
Presenter: Wendy Holbrook
Student Center #214

February 4 (Thursday)
Navigating Spirituality in the Workplace
Panel Presenters & Group Discussion
Student Center #214

March 5 (Friday)
Ted Talk & Discussion-Ways to be an Ally in the Workplace-for Marginalized Employees
Facilitator: Charlotte Strickland
Student Center #214

April 8 (Thursday)
How to Manage Stress
Presenters: UCA Counseling Center Staff
Student Center #214