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Training session to educate about discrimination


By DaMarkus James

A training session, “Workplace Bullying,” which educates students on how to handle discrimination in the workforce, will be held 9 a.m., Monday, April 4 in the Diversity Resource Center at CSU-Pueblo.

The free training session also will be at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, April 7, and at 3:30 p.m., Friday, April 8 according to a flyer provided by the DRC.

“The training is about educating our campus community on how to prevent any form of discrimination on campus and to help students as they approach graduation and move into their professional careers,” said LaNeeca Williams, affirmative action administrator for CSU-Pueblo. “I hope that they may use this training to help them in their professional careers.”

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Williams will teach the session because she wishes to educate students about discrimination before they go into the workforce, she said. Also, she wants students to “understand what workplace bullying is and what it looks like, and how to stop it.”

Williams will present this topic to show students their rights in a professional setting, she said.

“I truly feel that it is important that students are aware of their rights when it comes to different types of discriminatory behaviors,” she said. 

Williams has conducted preventing discrimination seminars since she started working at CSU-Pueblo, she said.  

“Workplace Bullying” is a “special topics session” that supplements other training sessions during the spring semester, she said. Other “special topics sessions” she will present are about racism and disability in the workplace, Williams said.

She is inspired to do the first campus-oriented “Workplace Bullying” seminar because of its overall message, she said.

“This motivates me because I believe that the more informed that we are about these types of issues, the less that we will have to worry about loss of productivity, jobs or morale on campus,” Williams said. “Overall, I believe training campus members will make a better working and school environment for everyone on our campus.”

All students are welcome to attend that training session and are required to fill out a registration form in the DRC, Williams said, and the training session should last about 45 minutes to an hour.

Students can find out more about “Workplace Bullying” from Williams by visiting her in the DRC, Room 031 of the Occhiato University Center, or by calling her at 719-549-2210. Williams also said students can find out more from flyers posted around campus or by e-mails sent to their student e-mail accounts.