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Gators Together is a certificate program for individual employees and supervisors. This diversity and inclusion program is designed to Increase Performance and Engagement by Creating an inclusive Environment for our diverse talents. View the program requirements.


Stronger Together

Stronger Together is a series within Gators Together designed to provide UF faculty and staff with a series of educational offerings to help them better understand and address racism and bias and help promote racial justice at the individual, institutional, and systemic levels. At the Stronger Together website, you can view webinars, listen to podcasts, and engage with other resources that will help UF move forward in efforts to combat anti-black racism and to promote a more diverse and inclusive campus.


BCC020 Now Hear This: Listening, Comprehending, Communicating

Instructor: Sarah Hanson
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Did you know that as much as 40 percent of the average workday is spent listening to others? That’s close to half of your day! Do you need to stop and make sure you’re using your time to its greatest advantage? Take a few moments and ask yourself: Are you an effective listener? How often do you assess your listening skills? Could you improve? That’s where “Now Hear This” can help. In this workshop, we’ll:

  • Define “listening” and how it impacts your work
  • Recognize and deal with the barriers between listener and speaker
  • Practice good listening techniques and identify ways to make them work for you

GET201 LGBTQ+ Inclusive Gators

Instructors: Tiffany Richards, Cecilia Luna
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The University of Florida strives to create an inclusive community for its diverse population of faculty and staff. This class focuses on relevant issues to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. We will identify common language and learn how different people’s experiences play out in the workplace. Through conversations and activities, we’ll explore systems of power and privilege and learn how we can create more inclusive and equitable work environments.


GET235 Connecting with Veterans – Discovering Talent

Instructors: John Sun
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This session is designed to help our UF Campus capitalize on an untapped talent pool – military veterans. The goal of this session is to provide resources and tools to broaden the applicant pool when looking to hire the best and the brightest talent. In this session, we will: • Define how to identify and tap into veteran applicant talent • Improve the veteran interviewing and hiring experience • Demonstrate interviewing practices that can help hire the best candidate


GET240 Inclusive Leadership

Instructor: Bob Parks
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We know that leaders have a significant impact on creating a culture of inclusiveness within a team or department. In this session, we will explore the foundational elements of inclusive leadership. What does it look like? How does the leader cultivate her or his own inclusiveness and, even more important, create a team environment where the contributions of all members are valued and nurtured?


GET245 Conversations for a Culture of Inclusion

Instructors: Irma Alvarez, Gwynn Cadwallader
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Do you engage with your colleagues in a way that brings out their best?  Does your team collaborate in a way that combines the unique talents and abilities of each member to achieve big goals?  In this discussion-based course, you will discover specific inclusive behaviors and strategies proven to increase engagement, innovation, and productivity in the workplace.  Participants will recognize unconscious behaviors that derail a team’s full potential and practice strategies to create a respectful culture that optimizes performance and produces great results.  Embark on a shared journey with Gators Together!


GET250 Managing Hidden Biases that Affect the Hiring Process

Instructors: Audrey Gainey and Mercedes Swan
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This course is designed for faculty and staff who hire new employees. Explore unconscious bias and how it affects the recruitment and hiring process. You will learn recruitment strategies to expand your applicant pool and ways to improve your resume review and interviewing process. You will expand the talent on your team when you apply these targeted hiring skills.


GET255 Giving and Receiving Feedback

Instructors: Courtney Moon
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Does the thought of giving someone candid feedback back make you uncomfortable? Is being on the receiving end of feedback something you dread? Whether you are the giver or the receiver, feedback is NOT an easy thing to do! Learn how to deliver direct and caring feedback, discuss ways to seek input and feedback from others, and practice strategies for responding to feedback without being defensive.


GET789 Diversity & Inclusion at UF

Available as an on-demand online course through myTraining

“Diversity & Inclusion at UF” is an online course which outlines key components of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and diversity at the University of Florida. This course utilizes case study videos and graphic novels to demonstrate inclusive behaviors, and also highlights key moments in history that have had an impact on inclusion in higher education.


SCS085 Leading with Courage: Dealing with Conflict, Bullies, and Difficult Conversations

Instructor: Tricia Bachus
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What is courage? Why is it important for us, as leaders, to have courage—and also to encourage it in others? Everyday courageous acts are significant. When demonstrated by leadership, they have a profound effect on the organization. Participants in “Leading with Courage: Dealing with Conflict, Bullies, and Difficult Conversations” will explore the concept of courage and how it relates to leadership competencies of “communication” and “resolve.” The session will focus, in particular, on dilemmas of courage that are related to the workplace and how we, as effective leaders, can leverage courage to create productive and healthy work environments.


TRV010 Transforming Conflict

Instructor: Irma Alvarez
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Conflict is part of our daily lives and can undermine our success unless we get better at using it effectively. As surprising as this might sound, we want conflict in the workplace; but it has to be the right kind of conflict. In this class you will learn how to build your conflict competence and transform conflict for improving decision-making, problem-solving and relationship-building at work.


TRV011 Compassionate Communication in the Workplace

Instructor: Leif Stringer
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A harmonious and connected workplace makes day-to-day tasks easier and enhances the level of enjoyment we experience at work. This course provides the opportunity to explore what influences your interactions with others and specific tools to use so you can discern what motivates people’s actions and communicate more effectively. The course is designed to give you time to explore the concepts, discuss ways to apply compassionate communication to your specific work environment, and practice with a skilled expert. You’ll have the opportunity to personalize the learning material to use in your own work environment.


TRV020 Developing your Emotional Intelligence for Workplace Effectiveness

Instructor: Gwynn Cadwallader
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Interacting with people is a large part of our jobs and how we use our emotions and react to others affects our performance. Explore ways to understand your own emotions and how to perceive the emotions of others. Find ways to strengthen relationships, build networks and find common ground. Generate ideas and “next steps” for leveraging your emotional intelligence in the workplace for improved effectiveness.


TRV041 Storytelling to Find Your Why and Envision Your Aspirations

Instructor: Brandon Telg
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What is your “why”? What motivates you in your professional life? What future do you wish to create during your career?  This course will help you leverage the power of storytelling to tap into  your passions and purpose and unleash your best work performance.  Your story is important and meaningful.  By reflecting on your experiences and envisioning your professional and personal growth in the form of a story, you will be able to align your goals, your career trajectory, and your legacy with the story you want to live!


Center for Teaching Excellence Electives

The following offerings by the Center for Teaching Excellence count as Elective Courses for both the Individual Certificate and the Supervisor Certificate.

Note: Please register for these courses through the Passport Portal. If you do not have an account with the Portal you can register for an account here. If you need help navigating the Passport Portal, view the user guide.


Cultural Competence, Crucial Conversations (C4) & Equity – Part I

Instructors: Maria Leite & Luisa Dempere
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As we navigate the complexities of social interactions within multiple contexts (e.g., personal, academic, professional), it is important to consider how diverse we are as human beings and how our individual characteristics (e.g., race, ethnicity, language, culture, ability) play a role in social dynamics. This is a two-part workshop in which participants will examine interactions through the lens of cultural competence models to engage in effective communication. In module I, we will explore models of cultural competence and intercultural sensitivity as frameworks for developing awareness of differences. Attendees will participate in group activities and will have the opportunity to share personal experiences and discuss perspectives with others.


Cultural Competence, Crucial Conversations (C4) & Equity – Part II

Instructors: Maria Leite & Luisa Dempere
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As we navigate the complexities of social interactions within multiple contexts (e.g., personal, academic, professional), it is important to consider how diverse we are as human beings and how our individual characteristics (e.g., race, ethnicity, language, culture, ability) play a role in social dynamics. This is a two-part workshop in which we will examine interactions through the lens of cultural competence models to engage in effective communication. In module II, we will apply knowledge from cultural competence models presented in module I in connection with introductory Crucial Conversations tools, and skills. Attendees will participate in group activities and will have the opportunity to share personal experiences and discuss perspectives with others.


IDEA Action Plan and Statement

Instructor: Alexandra Bitton-Bailey
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Do you want to learn how to craft a diversity statement that reflects your current work and helps you outline your IDEA action plan? Join us for a workshop that will get you started using targeted questions and writing prompts. Outline specific items you plan to include in your diversity statement to demonstrate your commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and access in your research and teaching.


Join the Micro-Resistance against Microaggressions

Instructor: Zareen Zaidi
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Academies have openly acknowledged the importance of role models, but very little effort has been directed to address the negative psychological sequelae underrepresented individuals report and the effect that ongoing microaggressions have on their careers. Microaggressions are subtle (often implicit), patterned exchanges, looks, or gestures that devalue race or gender. Because microaggressions can pass as acceptable questions and lines of inquiry between individuals, it is often difficult to identify them. The purpose of this session is to provide participants with hands-on micro-resistance training that can empower bystanders to address microaggressions in the workplace.


Systemic Privilege and Power

Instructor: Zareen Zaidi
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The session will discuss the impact of race on access to better educational opportunities and job opportunities. We will also discuss how the possessive investment in whiteness contributes to systemic racism.