Upcoming Dive-In Sponsored Events

Becoming Allies & Advocates for a More Inclusive Workplace


October 15th, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, the VIMS Diversity and Inclusion Committee will welcome  Dr. Eileen O'Brien as she hosts an active bystander training session.  

In this workshop, we review foundational concepts for understanding and analyzing power dynamics related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and other forms of inequality, oppression and marginalization. We also review the difference between individual level prejudice and more systemic level dynamics where the focus is on outcomes rather than intent. Importantly, we will distinguish being an ally and an active bystander or advocate. Toward these action-oriented outcomes, we will then present a continuum of four strategies for confronting situations of racism, sexism, etc., and then engage participants in active role-play to reconsider related situations from their own environments and/or hypothetical case studies. Participants will leave with a tool kit of strategies for being active bystanders and advocates.   

This training will take place in-person in the Davis Hall Owens-Bryant Board Room. Attendees alternatively have the option of participating virtually. Total attendance is capped at 30 participants. 

Please RSVP by October 13th. 

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Past Events


Virtual Lunch N Learn 
May 25th, from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
(Hosted by the VIMS Diversity and Inclusion Committee)


"Understanding the American with Disabilities Act (ADA): Access and Inclusion"

This workshop will provide information for the VIMS Community about the ADA, accommodations, helpful resources, and practical guidance.  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is crucial as it prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in several areas, which includes employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications and access to state and local government programs and services.  This workshop is designed for all members of the VIMS community to attend, as the ADA and accommodations impact both students and employees alike.  There will be interactive breakout sessions as well as time for Q&A. 

The event will be facilitated by Carla Costello, the ADA Coordinator and Deputy Compliance Officer at W&M, and Deborah Howe, the Deputy Chief Human Resources Officer at W&M, as members of the W&M Office of Compliance & Equity.