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Achieving our diversity goals does not end with successful recruitment. Building an intellectually vibrant community in which staff entails long-term support and collaborative engagement. All employees must have the resources they need to promote our mission and building a campus culture of dynamic inclusivity.

Professional Development and Training

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The Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance provides training to help create comfortable and equitable classrooms and workplaces at Emory, such as:


  • Online and in-person training addressing various workplace topics
  • Accessibility services and training
  • Title IX annual training for volunteers and incoming students, faculty, and staff
Emory Continuing Education (ECE), the university's noncredit division, offers professional development courses that focus on emerging technologies, management, and information technology (IT), among other topics including:


  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • Strategic Communication in the Workplace
  • Collaborating Skills and Strategies
  • Leading through Change
Human Resources offers a variety of courses for employees with a strong focus on learning, development, and professional growth for Emory faculty and staff. Courses include:


  • Crucial Conversations
  • Crucial Accountability
  • The Change Cycle
  • Navigating beyond Conflict
  • Strategies for Influencing Others

Emory Resource Groups

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Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are voluntary, employee-led groups established around common interests, purpose, and/or characteristics, typically underrepresented identities and their allies. These groups provide opportunities for:

  • networking and social connection
  • enhancing community, engagement and inclusion
  • giving voice to marginalized or underrepresented communities.

Future ERGs

Emory is hoping to launching two additional employee resource groups (ERGs) in the future. These will include groups for Asian-American/Pacific Islander employees and Employees with Disabilities. More details will be announced at a later date.

If you are interested in helping launch either of these groups, contact Melissa Morgan, Sr. Recognition & Engagement Manager,

New DEI Performance Management Competency

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is an important part of who we are as a community and aligns with our values, strategic objectives and priorities. Therefore, the following DEI competency has been added as a new competency to our Performance Management process:

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Pursues knowledge and displays a self-awareness of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and related social issues. Seeks personal development opportunities in DEI. Adopts or modifies operational practices to help ensure diversity, equity and/or inclusion. Actively addresses or makes known issues of inequity and bias whenever possible.

For FY23, because this is a new competency, a score will not be required for non-managers or managers; only written feedback is expected. For leaders (those at the director level and above), both a score and written feedback will be required. In FY24, everyone will receive both a score and written feedback. This approach will allow more time for those below the director level to seek the resources they need to become competent in this new important area.

Required DEI training for HR Professionals

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As HR professionals, we have a critical role to play in ensuring that Emory is a supportive place for all our faculty and staff.

Part of HR’s commitment to diversity and inclusion includes educating ourselves so we can understand, support, practice and advocate for an inclusive culture and inclusive programs. We are very excited to be able to offer a DEI education program that is designed just for our HR community! With the expert guidance of Melody Johnson, Director of DEI Education and Outreach, working with a team of HR leaders from across the university, we will offer a number of learning opportunities for HR professionals over the next year.

Here is an overview of what you can expect:

In the interest of creating a solid, consistent foundation among our HR community, Phase I courses are mandatory for all Central and Unit HR professionals. For HR representatives whose jobs are not primarily focused in HR, the courses are strongly encouraged. Courses will be available Monday, October 10 and the deadline for completion is December 31, 2022.

  • Communication for Inclusion – 45 minutes
  • Engagement with Diversity – 25 minutes
  • Influence of Unconscious Bias – 40 minutes

How to Register

You will be automatically enrolled in these Phase I online courses. When you log intoELMSyou will find it on your “My Learning” tab. You can take the courses at a time that is most convenient for you. Please contact Melody Johnson if you have any questions about registration.

Join your colleagues for “Diversity and Inclusion for HR Professionals – Building a Foundation,” taught by the Central HR Learning and OD team. This class is also required for all Central and Unit HR professionals, to ensure that we all have a common grounding in these fundamental concepts. For HR representatives whose jobs are not primarily focused in HR, the class is strongly encouraged. Topics to be covered include:

  • Psychological Safety – Understanding the 4 stages of psychological safety
  • Defining Diversity
  • The Lens of Intersectionality
  • JEDI Awareness (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion)
  • Disrupting Bias (Microaggressions, Anti-ISM, and Bystander/Upstander)

HR staff will have the following dates and times to choose from:

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

October 11 --  Zoom option

  • 10am-12pm
  • 1pm-3pm

February 14 – In person class

  • 10am-12pm
  • 1pm-3pm

November 1 – In person class

  • 10am-12pm
  • 1pm-3pm

March 9 – Zoom option

  • 10am-12pm
  • 1pm-3pm

March 22 – In person class

  • 10am-12pm
  • 1pm-3pm

How to Register

Please register for a session throughELMS. The course title to search for is Diversity and Inclusion for HR Professionals – Building a Foundation. All in person sessions will be held in the 1599 building in Room 1.432. If you register for a Zoom session, the link will be sent to you prior to the session. Please contact Melody Johnson if you have any questions about registration.

Join us for a panel discussion on Zoom featuring colleagues from the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Office of Institutional Equity/Compliance, Ombuds, Faculty Staff Assistance Program, and HR Employee Relations. The goal of the panel discussion is to help HR professionals understand the multiple resources available for issues and questions related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Date – 2023 to be announced

More opportunities to expand your skills and knowledge will be available through the ELMS. Keep an eye out for announcements on the date when they become available. Courses include:

  • Cultural Appropriation Versus Appreciation
  • Allyship
  • Students of Color at Predominantly White Institutions: First-Hand Narratives
  • Diversity Competent Mentoring
  • Supporting Students of Color at White Institutions