Faculty & Staff Resources

The RISE Center recognizes the critical role an equity-minded and culturally competent faculty and staff play in ensuring student retention, success, and completion. Therefore, the center offers a number of workshops catered to compliment pre-existing curriculum that can be brought into classrooms for faculty, while also providing trainings in collaboration with LWTech Professional Development for both faculty and staff.

Classroom Workshops

Upon request, RISE Center staff can present on topics related to equity, diversity, and inclusion to your students. Workshops typically run from a half-hour to one hour in length. Topics may be adjusted to fit the needs of your students based on field of study. Example workshops include:

 To request a workshop, contact Eric Izaguirre, Coordinator, Equity and Inclusion at sheila.walton@lwtech.edu.

Professional Development Workshops for Faculty and Staff

Safe Zone: Part 1

This training was created to develop, enhance, and maintain environments at LWTech that are culturally competent and supportive to LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning) individuals, as well as straight, cisgender people who care about equity, diversity, and inclusion.

A safe zone is a confidential place where all people can bring their authentic selves and feel safe, welcome, and included. Deciding to make your office a safe zone is a proactive step you can take to create this environment to our LGBTQ community (about 6% of the LWTech student body). This training aims to increase the awareness, knowledge, and skills for individuals and address the challenges that exist when one wants to advocate for their LGBTQ peers, family members, friends, coworkers, students, and for themselves.

Safe Zone: Part 2

Safe Zones: Part 2 goes beyond the fundamentals covered in Part 1 by providing participants with the opportunity to explore the complexity of gender identity and expression in greater depth. In addition, this second training covers specific, practical strategies for the inclusion of transgender and gender non-conforming people within the classroom and the workplace. Participants will leave the workshop with an increased ability to identify cisgender bias and an action plan for incorporating lessons learned into lived practice.

Undocumented Student Support

What does it mean to be undocumented in the United States? Who are undocumented students? There are many misconceptions about this population and this training aims to provide clarification. Participants will learn who undocumented students are and about the barriers to their academic success. In addition, participants will learn about best practices and resources for supporting undocumented students at LWTech.