Resources, events promote inclusivity

Resources, events promote inclusivity

By Life@TheU

Resources, events promote inclusivity

By Life@TheU
Explore the many ways in which faculty, staff, and students can support colleagues and peers who have different abilities.

Spearheaded by the Human Resources’ Office of Workplace Equity and Inclusion, in collaboration with partners from across the University, a series of virtual events will showcase the many ways in which we strive to create a supportive environment where our unique abilities come together to transform lives and create an inclusive culture of belonging. 

Register for virtual sessions featuring dialogues with experts, resources from across the University, and networking opportunities with colleagues. All sessions are interactive and encourage questions and insight from the audience.

Leverage Zoom, presentations to create inclusive meetings
Tuesday, Oct. 5,  at 12 p.m.

Join experts from the University of Miami to explore the many ways you can create inclusive meetings, presentations, and virtual learning environments with Zoom accessibility features. Register now.

Reasonable accommodations under the American Disabilities Act 
Thursday, Oct. 7, at 11 a.m.

During this session, Michael Gigante, manager, employee accommodations for Human Resources' Workplace Equity and Inclusion, will provide a general overview of reasonable accommodations and answer questions regarding the workplace under the ADA. Register now.

ACCESS MiamiThe Mailman Center for Child Development
Thursday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m.

ACCESS Miami is an online hub for the disability community that elevates essential resources and programs. Join experts from The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Center for Independent Living South Florida, Nothing About Us Without Us, and the Mailman Center for Child Development to explore resources that are available to the Miami-Dade community. Register now.


Connect and create with the Lowe Art Museum
Friday, Oct. 15, at 12 p.m.

During this one-hour workshop an image from the Bold Beauty Project will be used to learn simple techniques that encourage diversity of thought at work and home. Guided by experts from the Lowe Art Museum, participants will practice mindfully slowing down, staying neutral, and opening up to the perspectives of others. Participation is limited to ensure the conversation is engaging and interactive. No art experience is necessary. Register now.

Disabilities Awareness 
Friday, Oct. 18, at 11 a.m.

Facilitated by Kirsten Schwarz, lecturer in the School of Education and Human Development, this session will allow participants to increase their awareness and sensitivity of those with disabilities in the workplace. Attendees will gain a better understanding of how reasonable accommodations help to build independence and strengthen teams, and understand the distinction between an accommodation and a preference. Register now. 

Family Navigator Program at the Mailman Center for Child Development
Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 12 p.m.

Family navigators are parents of children with disabilities, or special health care needs, who have navigated through systems of care on behalf of their children. During this session Nancy Torres Burling, program director, and Karla Mejia and Paulina Wolff, Family Navigators, will provide an overview of the program and free services. This session will introduce the resources available and share insight into how the team can support those seeking care for themselves or their families. Register now.

Employing Individuals With Disabilities: University of Miami Dining and Atlantis Academy L.I.F.E. Programs Success Story
Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m. 

During this session Michael Ross, resident district manager, University of Miami Dining Services, and Patricia Giner, director of the L.I.F.E. Programs will share how a diverse workforce contributes to better business and community outcomes. Register now.

Disability Network Alliance Employee Resource Group Launch
Thursday, Oct 21, at 4:30 p.m.  

Join University of Miami faculty and staff members in launching the Disability Network Alliance Employee Resource Group (ERG). During this session you’ll hear about the mission of the group, meet other members, and learn how to get involved and support disability inclusion. Register now.

Disability awareness and inclusion panel
Friday, Oct. 22, at 12 p.m.

Moderated by Shelly Baer, director of leadership training initiatives for the Mailman Center for Child Development, co-founder and director of the Bold Beauty Project, and creator of ACCESS Miami, this session will provide a lively and informative conversation on disability awareness and inclusion. Panelists include, Jennifer V. Chavez, senior research assistant and project manager, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Center for Latino Health Research Opportunities, and the Precision Medicine and Health Disparities Collaborative; Dieunane Formul, director, social services, Pediatric Infectious Disease and Immunology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; and Robert Andy Coombs, adjunct professor of photography, University of Miami.  Register now

Why disability rights are central to social justice work and what organizations are doing about it 
Monday, Oct. 25, at 12 p.m.

The Miller School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement will discuss why diversity, equity, and inclusion outcomes and goals cannot be accomplished without addressing the needs, concerns, and priorities of people with disabilities. This presentation will illuminate the range of approaches to identify areas of strength to build on, along with gaps to address. Register now.

Tech that Works: Microsoft Office accessibility tools
Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 12 p.m.

This session, facilitated by UMIT, will introduce accessibility tools that are available through Microsoft to University students, faculty, and staff. Learn the many ways to utilize Microsoft Office’s built-in accessibility tools to create inclusive content. Register now.

Center for Autism and Related Disabilities
Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 12:30 p.m.

Facilitated by Diane Adreon, division director, transition and adult programs for University of Miami Nova Southeastern Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD), this session will share expert insight and guidance regarding autism in the workplace and resources available through UM-NSU CARD. Register now.

Eligible faculty and staff members may earn up to 25 Well Canes Incentive Points for attending one Disabilities in the Workplace Awareness Month session, or 50 Well Canes Points by attending at least two sessions. Learn more and register for Disabilities in the Workplace Awareness Month events.