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MSU offers Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Training to campus community

Morehead State University is committed to creating an environment where every Eagle feels safe and welcome within the campus community. To support this effort, MSU is offering several workshops throughout the spring semester to students, faculty, and staff to promote diversity of people and ideas.   

“Welcoming Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” is a workshop designed to help faculty, staff and students celebrate their similarities and differences, recognize misinformation, recognize internalized oppression, express pride in our group identities and understand the personal impact of discrimination. It teaches hands-on tools for effectively dealing with situations when experiencing or witnessing racism, discrimination or oppression.   

Another workshop titled “Difficult Conversations” consists of facilitated conversations that provide a safe space for faculty, staff and students to discuss issues that matter to them, including controversial topics and current issues. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect, understand different perspectives and identify ways to be an ally.   

“This is an initiative supported by President Morgan and the senior leadership team. It is our goal for everyone on campus to have the opportunity to participate if they wish,” said Dr. Caroline Atkins, interim director of human resources at MSU. “The sessions recognize diversity from myriad perspectives, including, but not limited to gender, geographic location, race/ethnicity, height, weight, sexuality and religious beliefs.”   

The programs will be offered through the academic colleges and the Division of Student Affairs. Both workshops are confidential. Employees who participate in “Welcoming Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” will receive 30 WellPoints for participating. Students who participate in the training can win prizes and priority housing next school year. Interested participants are not restricted to attending the session designated for their academic college or unit.  

Spring 2022 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Workshops: 

Ernst and Sara Lane Volgenau College of Education (Virtual) 

Welcoming Diversity, Equity and Inclusion  

  • 12:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, March 25 (Part 1) 
  • 12:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, April 1 (Part 2)  

(NOTE: Participants must attend both Part 1 and Part 2) 

Critical Conversations  

  • 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25 
  • 1 p.m. Friday, April 15 

RSVP by emailing Dr. April Miller, interim dean of the Volgenau College of Education, at 

College of Science 

Welcoming Diversity, Equity and Inclusion  

  • 8 a.m.-9:20 a.m. p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22 
  • 8 a.m.-9:20 a.m. p.m. Tuesday, March 1 
  • 8 a.m.-9:20 a.m. p.m. Tuesday, March 8 

Controversial Issues – Tentative Topic: How should COVID-19 patients who are unvaccinated by choice be handled by hospitals? 

  • 8:20-9:20 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 

Controversial Issues – Tentative Topic: Should U.S. military personnel be directly involved in Ukraine and Taiwan, if either are invaded? 

  • 8:20-9:20 a.m. Tuesday, April 5 

RSVP by emailing Dr. Mike Dobranski, associate professor of mathematics, at

Elmer R. Smith College of Business and Technology (Virtual) 

Welcoming Diversity, Equity and Inclusion  

  • 3-5 p.m. p.m. Wednesday, March 23 (Part 1) 
  • 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 30 (Part 2) 

(NOTE: Participants must attend both Part 1 and Part 2) 

Difficult Conversations 

  • 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 6  
  • 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 

RSVP by emailing Samuel Stapleton, instructor of management, at