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Upcoming Training / Webinars

Discrimination Issues in the Workplace

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UC Resource Specialists:

Gladys Brown, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Affirmative Action

Kevin Confetti, Director Workers’ Compensation and Employment Practices

Bill Kidder, Assistant Executive Vice Chancellor

Jadie Lee, Associate Vice Chancellor, Human Resources

Leslie Van Houten, Senior Counsel, Labor & Employment, OGC

Audience: Staff and Faculty

Past Training / Webinars

Managing Conflict in an Academic Environment

February, 19, 2014 * 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Presented by Andrew Larrat-Smith, Ombudsman

Learn about resources, support, and strategies of faculty dealing with conflict and/or managing conflict. The purpose of this discussion is to provide resources, support, and strategies to faculty who find themselves dealing with conflict and/or managing conflict. The goal is to address issues unique to the academic environment.

UC Resource Specialists:

Jodie Holt, Ph.D, Associate Dean, Agriculture and Natural Resources

Jadie LeeAssociate Vice Chancellor, Human Resources

Daniel Ozer, Vice Provost of Administrative Resolution

Katina Napper, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel

Audience: Associate Deans, Department Chairs, & Committee Chairs

March 28, 2013: Presentation on Hiring and Safety Issues/Camps and Clinics Involving Minors

Here is the link to the presentation by Aaron Lundberg of Presidium.

Freeh Report Implications and Impact on Higher Education

Wednesday, August 15th - 3 pm (ET)

The Freeh Report holds implications for every institution of higher education. It's not a report about just unreported crimes and college football.

It's a report that documents compliance, regulation and the need for balanced power at "the institution." The Freeh Report is an opportunity for institutions to reflect and understand what constitutes a "sacred cow" on campus – and how that "sacred cow" might perverse decision-making and how to put processes in place to ensure that does not happen.

The Freeh Report provides the perfect catalyst to examine campus governance and the policies and procedures associated with governance protocol. Additionally, it's a call to examine topics like reporting and documentation of incidents; trust of campus leaders; compliance violations; and the overall integrity of higher education.

The investigation continues, the report reviewed, questions raised and there are no hard and fast answers at this time. However, that should not prevent your institution from gathering and considering the lessons learned for your college and what immediate actions could be taken to prevent any future incidents of this kind on your campus.

Join us as we moderate a discussion with thought-leaders and explore the impact and implications the events at Penn State, and specifically the findings in the Freeh Report, have on the future of higher education.

Hiring Practices Workshop

Barbara Ginsberg, from the law firm of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, presented the workshop Hiring Practices on January 16, 2013. Ms. Ginsberg is a Senior Associate with the firm and her practice areas are with school districts, community college districts, and labor & employment law

Panelists were Jadie Lee, Director of Labor Relations; and Shondella M. Reed, Counsel, Labor & Employment, Office of the General Counsel.

This workshop was geared towards hiring practices involving the university spectrum. Some of the topics discussed were:

  • Discrimination
  • Reasonable Accommodation
  • Application Review
  • Interview Questions
  • Negligent Hiring
  • Probation Period

The presentation is attached for those interested in hiring practices.

Webinar - Anatomy of a Waiver

June 11th 2013: Get to the Head of the Class: A 101 Class on Environmental Risks for Higher Education Institutions


Jun 11 2013 1:00PM - 2:00PM (EDT) 


Charees Asher
404 995 2950


Join Marsh on June 11, 2013, for a one-hour webcast, "Get to the Head of the Class: A 101 Class on Environmental Risks for Higher Education Institutions." Our panel of experts will provide real-world examples of environmental exposures and mitigation solutions and discuss:

  • How to identify and close coverage gaps in general liability, property, and auto policies.
  • Risk issues unique to institutions of higher learning.
  • Evaluating and understanding risk transfer solutions.
  • Managing claims.

About the Webcast

Though education may not be the first industry that comes to mind when discussing environmental risk, many colleges and universities have recently found significant exposures resulting in unexpected – and significant – remediation costs. Issues have included mold growth following Superstorm Sandy, seepage of lab waste from underground storage tanks, mercury contamination, asbestos, and contaminated construction sites, among others.

This webcast is complimentary. Please forward the link to this event page to those you think might be interested in attending.

June 13th 2013: Achieve an Integrated, Outcomes‐Driven Culture of Wellness


Thursday, June 13 at Noon‐1pm Pacific Time


Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) in Detroit, MI updated their vision statement in 2011 to: "Transforming lives and communities through health and wellness – one person at a time." Join Bethany Thayer, MS, RD, Director of Wellness Programs and Strategies at HFHS as she presents the past and current strategies used to engage and empower employees in their personal health and wellness, how HFHS is driving sustainable behavior change through integrated engagement tools and their clinical and financial outcomes data which shows how their strategy is working to achieve their vision.

To Participate

First point your web browser to . In the box where it says "Participant, Join a Conference" enter the access code 4649558. Next dial in so you can hear the discussion: toll‐free US & Canada 866‐740‐1260; access code 4649558.

Presented by Bethany Thayer, MS, RD, Director, Wellness Programs and Strategies, Henry Ford Health System

Thayer is director of wellness programs and strategies and a registered dietitian at Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) in Detroit, MI. She is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of the employee wellness programming for HFHS employees (30,000 team members) and oversees a team of health professionals who provide wellness services to other employer groups. Past roles include developing health education programs, such as the award‐winning HAP Weight Wise Program and coordinating HFHS's community nutrition program, Heart Smart®. She is a past writer of the weekly "Heart Smart" column in the Detroit Free Press, developing hundreds of recipes that were compiled into the Heart Smart II Cookbook (Detroit Free Press 1996), the Heart Smart Kids Cookbook (Detroit Free Press 2000) and the Heart Smart III Cookbook (Detroit Free Press 2011). Thayer is currently a national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has been quoted in many national publications including Ladies Home Journal, Shape, Self, Redbook, Family Circle, USA Today and Cooking Light. Thayer is a frequent speaker to industry and community groups. She has published scientific studies and is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Health Sciences at Oakland University, Rochester, MI. She was named the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Mi Academy) 1993 Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year, received the Mi Academy Media Award in 2004 and 2006 and was recently recognized as the 2012 Michigan Outstanding Dietitian of the Year. Thayer is a graduate of Michigan State University and earned a master’s degree in Exercise Science from Oakland University.

Tales from the Trenches

November 6, 2013 * 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Presented by Richard A. Paul Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton, LLP

Learn about Issues facing department chairs in recent employmentrelated cases as presented by outside Counsel. There will be a discussion with UCR outside counsel, key stakeholders, and UC partners on issues facing department chairs in recent employment-related cases. Recent cases are presented on whistleblowers, tenure, and staff management best practices.

UC Resource Specialists:

David Bergquist, Interim Chief Campus Counsel

Shaun Bowler, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science

Bill Kidder, Assistant Executive Vice Chancellor

Katherine Kinney, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English

Katina Napper, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Personnel

Audience: Present & Future Dept. Chairs/Faculty

Managing Conflict

January 13, 2014 * 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Presented by Gerry Preciado, JD Bickmore, Employment Practices Consulting

Learn about the Human Interaction Toolbelt™ that has helped thousands create more effective, efficient, and harmonious workplace cultures. This workshop is designed for anyone who wants to know what tools on their Human Interaction Toolbelt™ are the most critical for building great relationships, and how those tools can be used to lead a team through conflict and not let the conflict define them as a group or as individuals.

UC Resource Specialists:

Gladys Brown, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Affirmative Action

Andrew Larrat-Smith, Ombudsman

Jadie Lee, Associate Vice Chancellor, Human Resources

Audience: Staff and Faculty


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