IMPORTANT! The University of Akron is committed to an environment free of harassment and discrimination.
New Hire Training
All new employees, which includes full-time and part-time faculty, contract professionals, full-time and part-time staff, will be required to complete on-line sexual harassment and discrimination training and hazing training. This program is self-paced can be accessed at any time. This training is housed in Brightspace. Contact the EEO/AA Office should you have any questions or issues completing the training.
The University of Akron's policies in regards to discrimination and harassment ensure that the University community is aware of our commitment towards an environment that fosters fairness for all. To assist with creating an inclusive environment, all employees are offered annual online training designed to make our community aware of the resources and commitment towards maintaining an environment free of discrimination and harassment. Employees will also be offered annual training on hazing. Information about this annual training will be provided by the EEO Office.
Search Committee Training
The Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action promotes the recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty in accordance with the University’s Affirmative Action Plan. Training for search committee members is located on Brightspace. For more information on Search Committee Training, please the information provided on our HR Training page.
Supporting our LGBTQ+ Campus Community
The Counseling and Testing Center, the Dean of Students’ Office and the EEO Office have partnered to develop a one-hour training available to our campus community to provide education, guidance and resources regarding our LGBTQ+ community. The overall objective is to provide information and knowledge about ways we can each contribute to creating a more inclusive environment for our entire campus community. Learning objectives include understanding issues and challenges in the LGBTQ+ community, becoming familiar with terminology in the transgender and LGBTQ+ community and learning to support members of the LGBTQ+ community. Additional resources are provided for anyone wanting a deeper dive into the topics presented. The training is available through Brightspace. Please contact Tami Hannon at email@example.com should you have any difficulty accessing the course. Please contact Dr. Natacha Keramidas (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’d like to learn more about the SafeZone Ally training or other available trainings for faculty and staff including Mental Health First Aid, How to recognize distress and refer students, and many others. Many mental health related trainings can also be tailored to specific classes or student organizations.
On Demand Training
The EEO Office offers personalized, interactive training directly to departments to assist in building inclusive, respectful workplaces. Topics have included building a respectful workplace, unconscious bias, aligning intent and impact, and working across cultures.
The EEO Office, in collaboration with the Office of Inclusion & Equity and the Department of Student Life, offers regular, ongoing trainings aimed at fostering an inclusive workplace. These virtual trainings consist of interactive presentations with group discussions to allow participants a deeper dive into the topic presented.