October 20, 2018
Dear students, staff and faculty:
Last month I announced that we will be launching new programming, including a number of education and training opportunities. One of these opportunities is the focus of my letter today. The college has partnered with EverFi, a widely respected online learning platform, to provide training on diversity and bias for staff and faculty. The training will cover issues of identity, power and privilege, and will offer tools to promote a culture of respect. I recently completed the training and found it to be valuable. Employees should look for an email soon regarding the training, which will provide access to two courses. Please note that the email sender address will be “email@example.com” and the subject will be “Smith College Diversity and Bias Training.”
Online training is an effective way to reach all of our 1,000 employees, but we plan to do much more. This is but one step toward equipping every member of our community with a common understanding of the ways that difference, privilege and power affect our interactions with one another. As a follow up, the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity will be offering additional in-person training programs that go deeper into these topics. I hope that every employee will take advantage of these supplemental trainings. Please check the Smith eDigest for more information.
If you have questions about the EverFi training or other related programming, please contact Amy Hunter, Title IX Coordinator and Institutional Equity Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 2141.