Training and Development

The Human Resources Office offers a variety of training opportunities for employees of Red Rocks Community College including Supervisors Training, Diversity Training, Sexual Harassment Awareness, and Workplace Violence Awareness. Please contact your HR Representative to schedule a training session or to have access to any training resources.


Inclusive Excellence Professional Development Opportunities

We did want to make note of a few new opportunities:

  • Intercultural Competence Level 2 is using a new personality assessment tool this semester. Even if you’ve completed this session in the past, you may want to take it again to see how you fit into this new method!
  • Two new sessions will be offered this semester: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Promoting Engagement for a Community of Diverse Learners and Poverty 101.
  • Faculty who have completed Intercultural Competence Levels 1 – 4 will be receiving a separate message inviting you to join our pilot of Reflective Practice Groups this semester. These groups will be guided by the Center for Urban Education (CUE) Equity Scorecard Process and include active learning and experimentation in adapting classroom practices.

Intercultural Competence Level 1
Date/Time: TBD
This training is the first in a four-part series that will explore how cultural differences impact our interactions with our students, co-workers, and community. In level I, we will define culture and discuss the elements of culture that affect interactions, increase our cultural self-awareness, and identify the impact of communication styles on interactions across cultures.

Intercultural Competence Level 2
Date/Time: TBD
The second part of our four-part series in intercultural competence focuses on personality styles. Participants will take the complimentary PDI (Personality Diversity Indicator) to learn about their own personality style, other personality styles, and gain a sense of appreciation for styles different from their own.  We will explore ways to identify and bridge differences when interacting with others to enhance our communication, relationships, leadership skills, and “team” success. Participants do not need to have completed Intercultural Competence Level 1 in order to attend this session.

Intercultural Competence Level 3
Date/Time: TBD
Part three of our training series will guide participants through exercises in understanding identity, beliefs, attitudes, and values in cultural context, help them to articulate their personal and cultural values, and introduce the concept of privilege as it relates to identity and membership in various cultural groups. Participants must have completed Intercultural Competence Levels 1 in order to attend this session.

Intercultural Competence Level 4
Date/Time: TBD
The fourth part in our series focuses on accepting the reality and difficulty of difference and developing empathy. Building on the concepts of level 3 – bias, power, and privilege – we will deepen our skills to have meaningful dialogue about difference and to engage with challenging topics such as race, ethnicity, and gender differences. Participants must have completed Intercultural Competence Levels 1 and 3 in order to attend this session.

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Promoting Engagement for a Community of Diverse Learners
Date/Time: TBD
Using a framework supported by the works of Pierre Bourdieu, Sonia Nieto, and Zaretta Hammond, this professional development seeks to help faculty and staff better serve an increasingly culturally and linguistically diverse student population. We will discuss the sociopolitical and historical contexts that impact all individuals in higher education and share strategies that cultivate affirming learning environments and help students better engage with course material and their peers.

Poverty 101
Date/Time: TBD
Poverty adversely affects potential opportunity, development and growth of our students, our community, and our economy. Join us for a miniature "Poverty 101" session and scratch the surface of what it means to be "Poverty Informed." Learn how to define social class experiences and shatter common myths related to poverty. Together we can help to alleviate some of the barriers faced by our students, even the people we work with.

Safe Zone
Date/Time: TBD
The purpose of Safe Zone is to raise awareness of ways homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism affect everyone and to explore ways Allies can support the LGBTQ+ community. The Safe Zone symbol is a message to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) students and colleagues that you have knowledge of LGBTQ issues, are supportive, and are trustworthy. People will know they can come to you for help, advice, or just to talk with someone who is supportive of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Dream Zone
Date/Time: TBD
Undocumented students face many barriers in higher education, not the least of which is stigma attached to their citizenship status. This training will provide you with the tools and resources to better serve our undocumented students and help you to become a better ally to this community of learners.