Author: Cresandra Smothers

LIVE WEBINAR: Bias and Microaggressions–Addressing Current Issues

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

1-2:30 p.m.

Racism and xenophobia, along with many other types of microaggressions and bias, have increased as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Asians and Asian Americans have faced harassment, discrimination and violence, while a shift to remote or virtual online learning has left many without equitable tools to learn. The use of masks by many people of color further illuminates the cultural bias society has as some are perceived as criminals although the use of protective facial coverings is advised for many across the world.

How can campuses address these key equity and inclusion concepts in light of the current health crisis?

How can faculty, staff and administrators educate and respond both virtually and in on-campus environments?

headshot of presenter
Naomi Sigg

This live webinar is designed to raise awareness, address incidents and lessen exclusion within your community.

Naomi Sigg, director of Multicultural Affairs at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, will be the presenter. She will offer actionable takeaways to help delve into these issues and effectively combat incidents within the campus community and beyond. Participants should develop a foundational understanding of important equity and inclusion concepts, the ability to assess their own biases, and strategies to address microaggressions, bias, discrimination and hate towards a variety of communities whether virtually or in person.

To register for the webinar go to

After registering for the event, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the webinar and retrieve materials.

This event is presented by PaperClip Communications.

Inclusive Collaboration Programming Grants Available

In an effort to create an environment which fosters the advancement of diversity and inclusion, The University of Alabama’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in partnership with the Division of Student Life invites you to apply for the Inclusive Collaboration Programming Grant.

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is accepting funding requests from campus departments and student organizations that support and are aligned with the University’s diversity initiatives. We welcome programming ideas and projects that support all students, faculty and staff.

Applications should:

  1. Increase awareness of various dimensions of DEI projects
  2. Provide opportunities for in depth and interactive learning experiences about DEI
  3. Build skills which lead to greater cultural competencies

Fall 2020 Programming

Applications for Fall 2020 programing grants will be accepted March 9 through May 1, 2020. Notification of funding approval will be May 15, 2020. All program planning and marketing information must be finalized and submitted by June 26, 2020.

Spring 2021 Programming

Applications for Spring 2021 programing grants will be accepted Sept. 7 through Oct. 16, 2020. Notification of funding approval will be Oct. 30, 2020. All program planning and marketing information must be finalized and submitted by Nov. 6, 2020.

If you have questions, please contact the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at (205) 348-2053 or