DEI Education and Training

DEI Education and Training

DEI Education & Outreach Staple Training

The Office of DEI Education and Outreach offers staple training focused on the core principles of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging for UCCS students, staff, faculty, alumni, and the community. These trainings aim to create a safe environment focused on a growth mindset and community connections. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Educational Training is facilitated by a DEIB professional with relevant and accurate knowledge of DEIB topics that create interactive content that connects individuals and broadens their own perspectives, along with providing the tools to create DEI actionable change. All DEI trainings are tied to the UCCS DEI Strategic Framework Pillars and are available to all UCCS students, faculty, staff, and alumni. 

DEIB Training Goals & Outcomes 

  • Create the opportunity for collaborative dialogue and interactive discussion that highlights the importance of cultural empathy and is inclusive of diverse voices. 
  • Cultivate inclusive belonging by clearly defining principles of DEIB that connects individuals and broadens their own perspectives.  

  • Identify the intersections between daily experiences and DEIB theoretical frameworks. 

  • Provide skill building opportunities and tools needed to empower individuals to seek out campus and community pathways to create change.  

  • Increase self-efficacy of individuals by highlighting how individual actions and capabilities can create positive change or influence. 

Inclusive Culture & Belonging is a 45-60 minute introductory training focused on the foundations of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. The training will overview key terms, the value of DEIB, and provide tools to create spaces of inclusive belonging.   

Participants who attend this training will be able to:  

  • Understand UCCS' value of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging  

  • Introduction to DEIB key terminology  

  • Identify tools and resources needed to create inclusive belonging   

  • Engage in collaborative practices of creating inclusive belonging at UCCS 


Creating Inclusive Environments & Collaborative Conversations is a 90 minute interactive training that focuses on identifying the value and core foundations of equitable spaces. Along with providing the tools and resources to building healthy collaborative conversations and inclusive spaces. 

Participants who attend this training will be able to: 

  • Understand UCCS' value of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. 

  • Build on their understanding of DEIB terminology and language  

  • Identify tools and resources to create inclusive environments  

  • Grow in their communication skills and ability to create collaborative conversations  


Breaking Down Barriers is a 90-minute training course focused on the barriers to creating inclusive belonging.  The training will address the impact of bias in DEIB, the role of trust and communication in breaking down barriers and providing tools to create inclusive connections through interactive activities and discussions. 

Participants who attend this training will be able to: 

  • Understand UCCS' value of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. 

  • Grow in their knowledge of DEIB foundations.   

  • Identify the varying types of bias  

  • Engage in the collaborative practices of breaking down the barriers caused by bias. 


Beyond the Binary is a 90 minute interactive training that covers gender identity and expression, Sexual orientation basics, and essential language and pronoun usage. This training is designed to establish a common foundation of understanding for participants to better enable them to create a culture of inclusive belonging at UCCS.   

Participants who attend this training will be able to: 

  • Understand UCCS' value of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. 

  • Introduction of LGBTQ+ Terminology .   

  • Grow in their awareness of the experiences and issues facing LGBTQ+ individuals. 

  • Engage in the collaborative practices of advocacy for the visibility and needs of LGBTQ+ community members at UCCS. 


Engaging in Neurodiverse Practices is a two hour training for staff, faculty, and students focused on developing awareness of neurodivergence and discussing resources and skills to creating neurodiverse spaces and practices at UCCS. 

Participants who attend this training will be able to: 

  • Define the types of neurodiversity and understand their indicators
  • Recognize the barriers and challenges faced by neurodivergent individuals
  • Explore the intersectionality of neurodivergence and other identities
  • Understand the importance of accommodations and how they benefit everyone
  • Understand the importance of person-centered and strengths-based approaches in helping neurodivergent individuals build resilience

The Division of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in partnership with Human Resources will be launching the Equity Reimagined: Search & Hire Training Series. The two-part training series will be comprised of: Search Guidelines & Equitable Hiring Practices and Becoming an Equity Advocate

Search Guidelines & Equitable Hiring Practices will focus on weaving equity into the hiring process: from job description creation, search committee selection, and position distribution and marketing. This training can be offered in person or virtually and will be co-facilitated by a team member from the Office of Education & Outreach & the Talent Acquisitions team. 

Becoming an Equity Advocate Training will focus on training interested faculty and staff on how to serve as the equity advocate on a search. This training will include bias mitigation tactics, overview of policy and protected classes, scenarios. This training can be offered in person or virtually and will be facilitated by a team member from the Office of Education & Outreach. 


The Office of DEI Education and Outreach delivers trainings both in person and virtual. To request a staple DEIB training or request a DEIB training topic, complete the Training Request Form. 

DEI Trainings Across the Campus Community

  • The CU system offers DEI trainings for all CU staff and faculty. Learn more about each university's workshops, programs, and trainings by following the links below 

  • The Disability Services department offers training to staff and faculty in the areas of Disability Etiquette, Universal Design in the Classroom, Creating an Accessible Workspace, Working with blind and low-vision students, and Do's and Don'ts for Website Developers. 

  • The UCCS Human Resources team delivers professional development trainings for staff and faculty.  These trainings focus on leadership development, challenging conversations, and culture building. 

  • The Trauma Training Program is an online program designed to give professionals and students a basic understanding of the symptoms, impact, and treatment of trauma in several populations. Past students include victims’ advocates, police officers, graduate, and undergraduate students from a variety of fields, healthcare workers, and individuals who have experienced stress or trauma themselves. This program consists of two eight-week courses including articles, videos, media, and informed discussions. There are no scheduled meeting times, rather students move through the material and share thoughts and reflections in weekly discussions.

    The Trauma Training Program provides a foundational understanding of how stress and trauma impact the mind and body, as well as the impact of trauma on different populations. Students can apply information they have learned in this course to their own experiences of stress and trauma and/or in their occupational or educational experiences in working with individuals who have experienced stress and trauma.

  • The Matrix Center works with universities, corporations, non-profits, and schools to help develop strategies and meet diversity/inclusiveness goals. Their trainers are national experts, authors and educators, involved in shaping the national discourse around diversity. In addition, their consultants specialize in a range of issues including LGBTQ inclusion, K12 education, curriculum development, facilitation skills, strategies for integrating campus and organizational diversity requirements, among others.

  • MOSAIC & The LGBTQ+ Resource Center offers DEI trainings. Their trainings and programs are open to all UCCS students, faculty, and staff. 

  • The Veteran Educators Training and Support program (V.E.T.S.) is an interactive training session designed to provide faculty and staff with applicable information about the student veteran transition experience and strategies for understanding and helping veterans succeed academically.

  • The Gallogly Recreation and Wellness Center hosts a number of programs and trainings on mental and physical health in an effort to promote the health and wellbeing of all students on campus. 

  • UCCS faculty and staff can gain international experience through a variety of activities ranging from studying, teaching or researching abroad; integrating global dimensions into their curriculum; or leading a faculty-directed course abroad.