New: Diversity & Inclusion Foundations for Advancing Belonging (FAB) Training Certificate Series

“True belonging is not passive. It’s not the belonging that comes with just joining a group. It does not fit, claim or sell because it is safer. It is a practice that forces us to be vulnerable, to become uncomfortable and to learn to be present with people without sacrificing who we are. We want true belonging, but it takes tremendous courage to knowingly walk through difficult times. – Brene Brown

As Brené Brown notes in the quote above, “true belonging” is not a simple or easy task to accomplish. It is something that requires continuous work, reflection and courage, and it requires intentionality in our relationships with others, but also in our relationships with ourselves. And while true belonging is difficult to accomplish, it’s also extremely important to work towards.

Research shows that belonging experiences are strongly correlated with many positive and meaningful outcomes for both students and employees. For students, higher levels of self-reported belonging correlate with higher retention rates and a higher likelihood of perceiving their overall college experience as positive (Eunyoung, K. & Irwin, JP, 2013; Gopalan, M. , & Brady, ST, 2020). And in the workplace, belonging has been shown to lead to increased job performance, lower turnover rates, and a greater likelihood that employees will recommend their workplace to others (Kellerman, G & Reece, A., 2019).

With this research in mind, Diversity & Inclusion is proud to announce a new series of training certificates titled “Foundations for Advancing Belonging” or “FAB” for short. This certificate series consists of four 60-minute training workshops that begin with a focus on reflective learning and progress to ally and advocacy skills over the course of the series:

  1. Decision making, implicit biases and real dialogue
  2. Communication, trauma and de-escalation
  3. Intervention, types of aggression and bystander strategies
  4. Persuasion, public discourse and political dialogue

As these workshops build on each other, we recommend that participants attend in the order listed above. Upon completion of all four workshops, participants will receive a Foundations for Advancing Belonging training certificate.

This training series is open to all students, faculty, and staff at the University of Nevada, Reno. Each of the four FAB workshops will be offered at regular intervals to anyone wishing to participate, but will also be available upon request for groups or organizations on campus.

For more information on the Foundations for Advancing Belonging (FAB) four-part workshop series, including what each workshop covers, when they’re offered, how to register for scheduled sessions, and how to request a session for a group specific, please visit the Diversity and Inclusion Training and Education Webpage

Milton S. Rodgers