Trainings, Workshops, and Conferences


On-Campus Opportunities

Office of the Vice President for Diversity

VPD offers both classroom-style trainings and facilitated conversations for CSU faculty, staff, and graduate students which can be requested by groups or departments.

By-Request Trainings

Schedule one of these trainings:

  • Managing Difficult Conversations - A two-hour training for instructors focused on best practices for how to manage difficult conversations in the classroom. Can be requested by groups/units.
  • Inclusive Pedagogy - This five-part training series is designed for faculty looking for pedagogical frameworks and strategies to make their classrooms more inclusive. Minimum 8 hours.
  • Hot Button Moments in the Classroom - This training helps participants develop skills for managing conflict in the classroom and navigating hot button moments. Minimum 3 hours.
  • Departmental consultations - Customized training and interventions of 1 to 4 hours (avg. 2 hours) to promote multicultural competency and equitable processes for faculty, staff, and/or graduate students. Topics include:
    • Unconscious Bias - Defines and gives examples of unconscious bias and provides strategies for how we can address our own unconscious biases.
    • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at CSU  - How CSU defines diversity and inclusion, what the Principles of Community are and how we can incorporate them as lived values into our departments, and why diversity and inclusion is a best practice for our university.
    • Gender Equity - Strategies to interrogate and integrate gender equity into curricula, department practices, and other contexts.
    • Microaggressions and Inclusive Language - Examines the power of our word choices and explains that using inclusive language is about respect for individuals, not political correctness. Hands-on examples of how to make our language more inclusive are shared.
    • Principles of Community - The significance of the five Principles of Community and empowers each member of the CSU community to uphold these principles when engaging with one another and acting on behalf of the University.
Annual Trainings

VPD also offers four longer programs annually you can sign up for:

Creating Inclusive Excellence Program

Six-session certificate program facilitated by skilled diversity practitioners. CIEP is intended for State Classified and Administrative Professional employees and is offered in the fall and summer semesters. Offered once each year.

Faculty Institute for Inclusive Excellence

A year-long program consisting of six, 3-hour sessions and a subsequent project for Faculty members that focuses on inclusive pedagogy, curriculum, and creating community in the classroom. Offered once each year.

Social Justice Leadership Institute

A two day retreat offered to faculty and staff each summer. Participants will explore what it means to infuse diversity and inclusion best practices into the life of a University. Offered once each year.

Feminist Frameworks Course

An online, two-course program designed to provide personal and professional development opportunities for those interested in learning more about intersectional feminism. Co-hosted by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and CSU Online. Offered once each year.

The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT)

TILT offers workshops in multiple formats to meet the needs of faculty and graduate teaching assistants, including the popular Master Teacher Initiative.

Individual Trainings

Master Teacher Initiative

Held once a month during the noon hour, Master Teacher Workshops offer the opportunity to participate in an hour-long session that includes a catered lunch, a brief presentation on a central issue in teaching and learning, and a follow-up discussion of ideas addressed in the presentation.

Short Courses

Designed for 5 to 15 instructors interested in exploring a learning and teaching issue in detail. They are typically presented in a series of three or four 1-2 hour sessions spread throughout the semester.

Best Practices in Teaching Modules

A new program with a facilitated hybrid format that includes asynchronous content aimed at providing opportunities to learn research-based instructional approaches, apply these approaches in class, and reflect with colleagues on the outcomes.

Professional Development Institute

Annual multi-day conference with sessions on a range of topics related to pedagogy, equity, and inclusion, Open to faculty, staff, and students. 

Department Trainings

Teaching Squares

A facilitated program that offers teaching faculty an opportunity to observe colleagues in action and reflect on their own teaching practices by creating a group of four instructors who observe each other a few times during a semester using a non-evaluative, supportive and growth-based process. Participants are coached in setting a personal teaching goal and then observe others to give feedback and reflect on their own practice. Can be requested by departments.

Department Action Teams

A facilitated working group of 4 to 8 faculty, staff, and/or students, created by a department, to create sustainable change around a broad-scale issue related to undergraduate education and to become change agents in their department. Can be requested by departments.

Graduate Student Training

Strategies for enhancing teaching, learning, and academic integrity, assessment of student performance, and a review of GTA responsibilities and expectations. Can be requested by departments.

Talent Development

Talent Development designs and delivers training and development opportunities for personal and professional growth for CSU employees.

Talent Development Trainings

Customized Workshops

 Sessions of various lengths on topics requested by groups/units in areas such as interpersonal skills, self-discovery, systems thinking, team effectiveness and more. Can be requested by groups/units.

Appreciative Inquiry

A series of workshops focused on how to view the world, people, and the workplace using an asset-based lens. Open to faculty and staff. See current catalog for specifics.

Supervisor Development Training

A series of six classes that provide valuable knowledge about the key themes of the program, university policies, and creating inclusive environments. Open to faculty and staff.

Housing and Dining

Housing and Dining offers a session about dismantling whiteness in our workplace.

Dismantling Whiteness in our Workplace

Critical Reflection is the key to identifying and naming for ourselves the established patterns and behaviors that create barriers to truly creating inclusive, equitable and supportive environments. As educators we must be aware of our role in dismantling systems that perpetuate silence and prevent us from embracing holistic teaching and learning in our environments for ALL students.

For more information and to discuss critical reflective practice and pedagogy contact:

Dr. Pamela Graglia - and Dr. Kyle Oldham -


National Opportunities

University of Michigan Program on Intergroup Relations

An annual opportunity for higher education professionals (faculty and staff) to learn the philosophy and model of IGR for the purposes of creating dialogue programs on their home campuses.

International Conference on Intergroup Conflict and Intergroup Relations

The Conference aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Intergroup Conflict and Intergroup Relations. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Intergroup Conflict and Intergroup Relations.

National Coalition Building Institute

This international leadership organization provides training in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in community organizations, K-12 schools, college and university campuses, corporations and law enforcement.