Human Resources To Offer Diversity Series

The Department of Human Resources will sponsor a series of programs in April and May exploring diversity issues in the Boston College community.

"Dynamics of Diversity," organized in cooperation with the Affirmative Action Office, Faculty/Staff Assistance Program and University Harassment Counselor, will focus on particular aspects of diversity by offering information on University policy and procedures. It will also provide specific management skills and techniques for conflict resolution, problem-solving and working in teams.

The series begins at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 3, with the workshop "Fresh Perspectives," conducted by Assoc. Prof. Ann Marie Barry (Communication) in the Shea Room of Conte Forum. Especially recommended for managers and supervisors, the workshop will examine diversity in the context of problem-solving and conflict resolution.

On Wednesday, April 10, a panel will discuss the topic "Does It Happen Here? University Policy On Discriminatory Harassment" from 9-11 a.m. in the McGuinn Fifth Floor Lounge. Members of the panel will be University Harassment Counselor Patricia DeLeeuw, who is also associate dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; Employee Relations Director Richard Jefferson; and Student Affairs Administrative Officer Judith Mascioli.

A special workshop, "Capitalizing On Team Diversity," will take place on Thursday, April 18, from 9 a.m.-noon in the McElroy Conference Room. Among other objectives, Faculty/Staff Assistance Program Director Pat Touzin will help participants identify developmental challenges and increase their understanding of building effective teams through diversity.

Affirmative Action Office Director Barbara Marshall will present "Update On Affirmative Action" on Wednesday, April 24, from 9 a.m.-noon in the McGuinn Third Floor Lounge. The session is scheduled to include panel presentations, case studies and small group problem-solving activities.

The series concludes on May 7 with a workshop intended for mid-level managers titled "Managing With Diversity," from 9 a.m.-noon in the Walsh Hall Function Room. Led by organization consultant Laura Moorehead, participants will explore the dynamics of difference, including strategies and tools that managers can employ with individuals or teams.

Employees may register using on-line forms via the University's UIS system, or by contacting the Human Resources Employee Development Office at ext. 8532.

-S.S.

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