Education & Prevention
To learn more about UMKC’s efforts to prevent and address discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, we encourage you to review the information provided below by clicking the links of interest to you.
Live Educational Presentations & Training (link)
Trainings for Students and Employees (link)
Title IX Trainings (link)
Division of Diversity and Inclusion (link)
LGBTQIA+ Programs (link)
Educational Opportunities Beyond UMKC (link)
Live Educational Presentations & Training
Our team is available by request to provide live educational presentations and trainings in person or via Zoom related to discrimination and harassment, sexual misconduct, mandated reporting, UM System’s Equity and Title IX policies and procedures, and more. If you or your organization is interested in discussing possible topics or would like to request a presentation or training, please visit Educational Presentations & Training (link).
RISE: Resources, Intervention, Support, & Education (link) provides live trainings in person or via Zoom for faculty, staff, students and student organizations, and departments on issues related to sexual assault, gender-based violence, domestic/dating/intimate partner violence and abuse, and stalking.
Green Dot (link) is a national movement to reduce incidents of interpersonal violence and sexual assault on college campuses. Green Dot facilitators provide participants the knowledge and skills to become active bystanders if they witness actions, or red dots, that could potentially lead to stalking, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, or child abuse. By sharing this information with our campus community, UMKC empowers our students, faculty, staff, and administrators to create safer communities.
Trainings for Students and Employees
All new students, including first-time freshmen and incoming graduate and professional students, as well as all transfer students, must complete U Got This! an online video-based program that provides critical information about sexual assault, consent, dating and domestic violence, bystander intervention, sexual harassment, and alcohol abuse.
UMKC requires annual training for all employees covering discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, as well as related University policies.
UMKC has created and made available additional trainings for students and employees on topics relevant to our work in discrimination and harassment prevention:
- Prohibited Conduct (link): These modules outline policy information contained within the UM System Collected Rules and Regulations (CRRs) on Equity and Title IX.
- Mandated Reporter (link): This module provides information on employees’ responsibilities as mandated reporters under Chapter 600 of the UM System Collected Rules and Regulations.
Title IX Trainings
The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights requires all institutions receiving federal funds to make publicly available all materials used to train Title IX Coordinators, investigators, and decision-makers. In meeting this requirement, UMKC has provided materials or links to materials on our website (link).
Division of Diversity and Inclusion
UMKC’s Division of Diversity and Inclusion (link) provides organizational development consultation and dynamic programming that enriches the educational experiences of students, staff, faculty and community members. Initiatives include the Chancellor’s Diversity Council (link), whose goal reaches across the institution to promote access, respect, inclusiveness, and community in all of UMKC’s working and learning environments, and a number of training and development opportunities, ensuring students, staff, and faculty have opportunities to develop self-awareness and skills as culturally-competent leaders able to contribute to an inclusive campus environment and to compete in an increasingly diverse and competitive global environment. Face to Face (link), Online (link), and Discipline Specific (link) training and development is available.
UMKC’s LGBTQIA+ Programs (link) brings people together for a variety of events that reflect on the history and culture of LGBTQIA+ people, as well as highlighting current issues facing these communities. Trainings offered include Safe Space (link), meant to reduce homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and heterosexism on our campus, in order to make our campus a safer and freer environment for all members of the community, regardless of sexual or gender diversity.
Educational Opportunities Beyond UMKC*
This list of educational opportunities is provided in an effort to assist our campus community in further developing their knowledge on topics related to discrimination and harassment prevention and response. Unless otherwise indicated, all trainings listed are free of charge.
Sexual Harassment & Sexual Misconduct:
- End Violence Against Women International’s Online Training Institute (link) provides state-of-the art training on the topic of criminal justice response to sexual assault.
- Office for Victims of Crime’s Victim Assistance Training Online (link) is a web-based basic victim advocacy training program that offers victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the basic skills and knowledge they need to better assist victims of crime.
- Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training (link) teaches advocates about advocacy/counseling, the realities and impact of sexual assault, procedures to follow in common situations, techniques to support recovery, compassion fatigue and self-care, with new modules on campus sexual assault, male sexual assault and neurobiology and trauma. The 2.5 day curriculum focuses on intervening with individuals in a crisis rather than long-term and group counseling.
- The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center provide various training opportunities (link) for anyone interested at no cost.
Discrimination & Harassment:
- Learn more about Discrimination: What It Is, and How to Cope (link), presented by the American Psychological Association.
- Review the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s What is Employment Discrimination? (link) to learn more about workplace discrimination.
- Amnesty International’s work is rooted in the principle of non-discrimination; learn more by visiting Discrimination (link).
- Creating and Sustaining A Trans-Inclusive Classroom (link) will equip and empower instructors to enact trans-affirming classrooms through shared language, experiential exercises, and practical strategies for the classroom. While the examples will focus largely on higher education classrooms, these strategies can also be adapted to sustain and create trans-affirming spaces outside of academia.
- Pronouns: What They Are and Why They Matter (link) – This session also provides an overview of related topics such as de-mystifying gender neutral pronouns (ex: they/them); how to incorporate pronoun-sharing into both in-person and virtual platforms; gender inclusive language beyond pronouns; additional considerations for gender inclusivity; and additional resources.
Identifying Your Biases:
- The Implicit Bias Module Series (link) introduces you to insights about how our minds operate and help you understand the origins of implicit associations. You will also uncover some of your own biases and learn strategies for addressing them. Each module is divided into a short series of lessons, many taking less than 10 minutes to complete. That way, even if you’re pressed for time, you can complete the lessons and modules at your convenience.
- Test Yourself for Hidden Bias (link) offers a foundation on which to build your knowledge on biases, stereotypes, prejudices, and discrimination.
- Implicit Association Test (link) is a free tool designed to help you uncover your unconscious biases.
- Review How to Evaluate Information Sources: Identify Bias (link) for tips and guidance on evaluating everything you see and hear with a critical eye, striving to be more aware of propaganda, fact versus opinion, influences of powerful or well-known individuals, and the reliability of the information.
- Confronting Unconscious Age Bias (link) helps people of all ages to identify and address their own age biases.
Addressing Discrimination, Harassment, & Bias:
- UMKC’s Division of Diversity and Inclusion has curated an Antiracism Resource List (links) of books, articles, documentaries, and podcasts on Racism and Antiracism in America, that you can use to advance your individual and collective work in fighting bias, discrimination and injustice.
- What Does It Mean to Be Anti-Racist? (link) – This webinar will provide actionable strategies for advocates of all types to understand the principles of anti-racism and live it out in the big and small ways that each of us can in our own lives, roles, and spheres of influence.
- STOP Street Harassment provides action steps on Dealing with Harassers (link).
- HEARTMOB (link) lets you report and document online harassment and access the kind of help you want, including emotional support, guidance on how to protect yourself, and help in ending online harassment.
- Pen America provides an Online Harassment Field Manual (link) for writers and journalists, but the information is applicable to anyone who is experiencing online harassment or is a witness to it.
- Activism & Allyship Guide is a document designed to help people on their Allyship journey and has been designed by Airbnb’s Black@ employee resource group.
- Contact Google directly to remove non-consensual explicit or intimate personal images from search results.
- “Did They Really Just Say That?!” Being an Active Bystander (link) – This session will illustrate the importance of committing to being an active bystander in moments when bias emerges through microaggressions, as well as provide participants with actionable skills to do so.
- Bystander Intervention: How To Be An Ally When You Witness Online Abuse (link) is a free, one-hour, interactive training on how to intervene safely and effectively.
- The G.R.A.C.E. Model: Responding to Online Hate-Bias Incidents (link) is an infographic to guide you through how to “Get Ready, Respond & Report, Acknowledge, Communicate, and Educate.”
*Please note, UMKC does not endorse any specific organization or training and provides this list for informational purposes only.