The Office of the Vice President for Diversity (VPD) continues to expand its portfolio of both classroom-style trainings and facilitated conversations. Read descriptions of our current offerings and select the one(s) that you would like to schedule for your group. Please note: VPD offers trainings for CSU faculty, staff, and graduate students. For trainings for undergraduate students, please contact the Students Empowering & Engaging in Dialogue (SEED) program at

Classroom-Style Trainings

Facilitated Conversations

Diversity & Inclusion at CSU

This session focuses on how CSU defines diversity and inclusion, what the Principles of Community are and how we can incorporate them as lived values into our departments, and why diversity and inclusion is a best practice for our university. Minimum 1.5 hours.

Feminist Fight Club – Strategies for Bystanders and Allies to Support Others

Develop skills for identifying and addressing problematic behaviors that disadvantage women and other marginalized groups, including concrete strategies for supporting others and shifting group dynamics. Discussions can be tailored to specific units, issues, and challenges.

Unconscious Bias

This interactive session defines and gives examples of unconscious bias and provides strategies for how we can address our own unconscious biases. Minimum 2 hours.

Programs & Resources for Men

Identify opportunities for men to get involved in creating an equitable and inclusive culture around gender through participating in programs like Man: Educate Yourself (MEY) and the Feminist Fight Club for Men. Discussions can also focus on what resources are available for learning more about gender, privilege, and how men can effectively leverage their position and identities to advocate for culture change.

Inclusive Language & Microaggressions

This session focuses on the power of our word choices and explains that using inclusive language is about respect for individuals, not political correctness. Hands-on examples of how to make our language more inclusive are shared. Minimum 2 hours.

Women & Gender Initiatives on Campus

Learn more about the Women & Gender Collaborative, how it connects to other campus groups working on gender-related efforts, and ways to get involved. Discussions can focus on specific programs offered through the Women & Gender Collaborative, including professional and leadership development opportunities for employees, and which resources are available to develop foundational knowledge about gender, equity, feminism, and intersectionality.

Inclusive Pedagogy

This 4-part training series is designed for faculty looking for pedagogical frameworks and strategies to make their classroom more inclusive. Minimum 8 hours.

Recruitment, Hiring, Retention, and Promotion of Diverse Faculty and Staff

University leaders know well the importance of a diverse unit to enhance efficiency and creativity.  Yet, efforts to increase recruitment and retention of diverse individuals within units has often had lukewarm results.  This session will highlight best practices to enhance efforts and broaden capacity.  Participants will walk away with practical next steps that can be implemented immediately.

Principles of Community

This training discusses the significance of the 5 Principles of Community and empowers each member of the CSU community to uphold these principles when engaging with one another and acting on behalf of the University. Minimum 1 hour.

Managing Hot Button Moments in the Classroom

This training helps participants develop skills for managing conflict in the classroom and navigating hot button moments. Minimum 3 hours.

Customized Staff Training/Retreat

To request a training not listed above, please fill out this form. Minimum 1 hour.