This course will explore communication skills for promoting inclusion and respect in the workplace, as well as ways to use your voice to effectively address issues of disrespect.


  • Understand the impact of stereotypes, biased statements, and the high cost of silent collusion.
  • Identify the most common reasons people sit silent in the face of bias and stereotypes.
  • Explore the power of the bystander to make a difference.
  • Enhance skills for speaking up against stereotypes without blame or guilt and become an effective ally.


If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, contact University Organizational and Professional Development or call 540-231-5100 during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event. Additional advance notice may be required, depending on the type of program and the time necessary to secure the requested accommodation(s).

Time and Location

Jan. 23, Mar. 21, May 22
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
North End Center


Free, but space is limited.
All no-shows will be charged a $35 maintenance fee. Review the full cancellation policy.

Certificate Available

This workshop is a core requirement for the Diversity Ally Certificate.