Sexual Harassment Prevention
Washington State law requires periodic ongoing training in the prevention of sexual harassment for State employees. Western’s Policy on Preventing Sexual Harassment likewise requires that University employees take such training. Sexual harassment prevention training provides important information about how to recognize what is and is not sexual harassment, and what to do if sexual harassment occurs. The training reviews the University’s discrimination complaint procedure to ensure that all employees are aware of their right to file a complaint should they experience sexual harassment.
Mandatory training in the prevention of sexual harassment has two components:
New employees are required to attend in-person Sexual Harassment Prevention Training (SHPT). Individuals can register for an upcoming in-person training session by going to Western’s Training website and clicking on “Equal Opportunity Office.”
Faculty and staff who attended in-person SHPT three or more years ago are required to take an online Sexual Harassment Prevention Refresher Training via Blackboard. Employees receive an email directly from the EO Office when they need to complete this Refresher Training.
Specialized training in the prevention of sexual harassment for supervisors or other constituent groups is available upon request.
Supervising a Diverse Workforce
Competently supervising diverse employees requires awareness of our differences and the assumptions we may make based on differences we perceive. Through a combination of interactive exercises, facilitated conversation and presentation, this class gives supervisors an opportunity to think critically about how they interact with diverse employees and how to create a work environment in which difference and diversity are valued and respected.
Upcoming Supervising a Diverse Workforce classes will be held on October 17 and October 29 from 2:00 to 4:30 in Old Main 330C. Registration is available on the WWU Training website. This class is provided jointly by the Equal Opportunity Office and Human Resources and facilitated by Laura Langley from EOO and Nick Sanchez from HR.
Other Equal Opportunity & Diversity Training
The EO Office also provides training and facilitated conversation on a variety of other topics concerning equal opportunity, affirmative action and diversity and inclusion. Training topics include ADA and Title IX compliance, communicating across differences, and preventing and addressing bullying and harassment based on race, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, and religion.
Trainings can be developed to meet the needs of particular departments.