5 things you need to know this week

By Life@TheU

5 things you need to know this week

By Life@TheU
A weekly series designed to highlight events, benefits, perks, and items of interest for University of Miami faculty and staff.

Participate in online diversity and inclusion training.
Complete by Thursday, Dec. 31.
As part of the initiatives outlined by President Frenk this summer in our pursuit of racial justice, University faculty and staff members are invited to participate in two diversity and inclusion training opportunities. They include “Managing Bias” and “Diversity: Inclusion in the Modern Workplace,” which are designed to help participants understand various issues that impact diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Login to ULearn to register for a session. All staff members are expected to participate in this virtual learning experience by the end of the calendar year. Those who complete the online training will be eligible to participate in additional facilitated sessions on the topic of diversity. Learn more.

Become a SART volunteer. 
Apply by Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.
Since 1992, the UM Counseling Center’s Sexual Assault Resource Team (SART) has been a vital resource for students, providing them with a place to talk about sexual assault anonymously and to find out their options. Every year, SART invites dedicated, warm, and empathic faculty and staff members and graduate students to serve as volunteers. Recruits agree to be available 24/7 to answer calls on the SART hotline (305-798-6666) for a full week, and they typically serve one or two weeks in a given semester, depending on their availability. Interested applicants should contact Audrey Cleary by Friday, Jan. 15, at a.cleary@miami.edu and be available to attend the online training on Friday, Jan. 29. Learn more at miami.edu/sart.

Register now for DCC XI.
Saturday, April 10, 2021.
Following the Miami Dolphins organization’s recent announcement of a $75 million commitment to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center to improve the lives of those impacted by cancer, Team Hurricanes is looking forward to participating in the DCC on Saturday, April 10, 2021. Register now to participate—in person at the Hard Rock Stadium or virtually. All participants will need to create a new account when registering on the DCC’s new and improved fundraising system. Follow Team Hurricanes on social media for the latest updates regarding Dolphins Challenge Cancer registration. Learn more.

How have you overcome obstacles this year? 
Tell us now!
This year many in our community have faced challenges like no other—and they’ve also proven the tenacity of being a ’Cane. Looking back on the past 12 months, how have you overcome the obstacles created by the COVID-19 pandemic? Life@TheU wants to know how you have shown yourself and your colleagues grace during this stressful year. Take a moment to reflect on your own experiences and share your essay (200-600 words). Submissions and questions can be sent to us at lifeattheu@miamil.edu.

Learn to practice gratitude with an at-home activity.
Gratitude is a powerful positive human emotion that can improve mental health when practiced. Experience the benefits by creating your own gratitude jar, which can be decorated, and filling it with strips of paper on which you take time each day to write something that reflects your gratitude. Periodically, take a moment to empty the contents of your jar, reread, and reflect on the moments of gratitude you have recorded—an activity that is sure to boost your mood. By creating and building on this habit, you will increase the frequency through which you experience moments of gratitude. Find more resources, including ways to cultivate connection this holiday season and how to cope with pandemic fatigue, offered by the University’s Faculty and Staff Assistance Program.