Everyday Inclusion: Resources and Activities

In February 2019, staff across the Finance and Administration portfolio--including CPFM, Campus Services, Budget and Finance, Safety and Risk Services, and HR--participated in an Everyday Inclusion initiative.

Colleagues were able to watch a two-minute video on inclusion, take a one-minute survey, choose some weekly challenges, and engage in various in-person activities with colleagues.


Activities Date, time, and location

Guided tour of the art exhibit, Reframing the Fragments: The Best We Could Do, by its curators (hosted by Evey Lennon, Office of the VPFA)

Friday, February 8, 2:00-3:00pm, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

"Games that make you go hmmm..." (hosted by Dayle Gregory, Institutional Research)

Connect with co-workers to play Buffalo and Awkward Moment at Work--and find out if games really can change the world

Wednesday, February 13, 12:15-1:00pm, Swindells room - EMU 230

"Two Loops" (hosted by Sue Russell and Jen Mirabile, Human Resources)

Two 0.6-mile walks; chat as you walk; complete both loops or just one; dress for the weather (hope for sun but don't count on it!)

Thursday, February 14, 12:00-1:00pm, meet at the EMU amphitheatre
"A Walking Tour - Women in Campus Design and Landscape" (hosted by Eleni Tsivitzi and Jane Brubaker, CPFM)

Thursday, February 21, 12:00-1:00pm, meet at the east steps of Deady Hall

Empowering language and other disability inclusion strategies (Discussion with the Accessible Education Center's Student Voices Panel) Cancelled: may be rescheduled for VPFA later in 2019

"Desert Island 8" (The eight songs you'd take to a desert island, hosted by Martin Stanberry and Sue Russell, Human Resources)

Additional Sharing Option:
If you can't attend on Feb 27, you can still create a list to share with others in the portfolio.
Please send your name and list (8 songs including title and artist) to Sue Russell at susanr@uoregon.edu or via campus mail. 
Lists received by Feb 27 will be compiled into a PDF and shared with all who participated.

Cancelled due to inclement weather: may be rescheduled for VPFA later in 2019

The University of Oregon is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment of individuals with disabilities.  Requests for disability-related accommodations for events, including sign language interpreters, should be made to vpfa@uoregon.edu. We ask that requests for accommodation please be made at least five business days before the event.


Week 1 (February 4-8, 2019)

  1. REFLECT: Think about what diversity and inclusion mean to you. If someone asked what these terms mean to you, what would you say? Why is inclusion important in your life? (5 min)
  2. JOIN: Listen to a podcast you haven’t tried before—ask colleagues for suggestions (e.g., TED Radio Hour or the Good Life Project)
  3. GROUP: Get together with co-workers to watch this 2.5-minute video on positive micro-behaviors. Discuss which behaviors may or may not work for you. Are there other ideas you can think of? (7 min)
  4. CONNECT: Try talking with someone you haven’t really connected with before—in the break room, over coffee, during lunch.
  5. ONLINE QUIZ: Complete a Project Implicit self-assessment (15 min)

Week 2 (February 11–15, 2019)

  1. CONNECT: Ask someone close to you how you can be a better listener. Are you listening for your next opportunity to talk? Are you a “fixer,” trying to present solutions before hearing the whole issue? (3 min)
  2. REFLECT: Take a moment to reflect on how you react when someone makes a negative social or cultural comment. (2 min)
  3. MINDFULNESS: Make a conscious effort to pay attention to the people speaking in meetings today, without being distracted by your cell phone or task list.
  4. ON CAMPUS: Attend an event on campus—the university calendar lists opportunities to learn, connect with students, and broaden your horizons (e.g., attend a show at the University Theatre).
  5. INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITY: Try the diversity profile activity outlined at the end of the email (or online). (10 min)
Week 3 (February 18–22, 2019)
  1. GROUP: Examine your office lobby and meeting rooms. Is this a welcoming space to lots of different people? How do the pictures, positioning of furniture, reading materials, and signage make the space more or less inclusive? (10 min)
  2. RECOGNIZE: Has a co-worker done something really impressive recently? Make an effort to recognize their efforts. (2 min)
  3. INDIVIDUAL: Try to get input from someone you haven’t requested it from before. E.g., “I'd really like your opinion on…” (5 min)
  4. REFLECT: Think about ways to address comments that make you uncomfortable. E.g., “I wonder if there is another way to say that…(make a suggestion)…” (2 min)
  5. LEARN: Check out the Division of Student Life overview of pronouns (https://studentlife.uoregon.edu/pronouns), particularly the last section about why pronouns can be important—see a few examples below. (5 min)
Week 4 (February 25–March 1, 2019)
  1. AMPLIFY: Acknowledge people. When in a group, make a space safer for others if you can. If someone is dominating a conversation, ask “Does anyone else have something to add?”
  2. PARTICIPATE: Join in this week’s VPFA Desert Island 8 activity to answer the question, What are the 8 songs you’d take to a desert island? Participate in person, chat with your co-workers about it, or think privately about your list.
  3. GROUP: Chat with colleagues about which of the following workplace inclusion strategies might be effective in your department. What other ideas do you have?
  • Notice interruptions: Studies show women are more likely to be interrupted in meetings
  • Ask questions: When you have a negative reaction to a colleague’s statement/suggestion, consider leading your response with a question rather than a statement.
  • Credit ideas: Acknowledge the ‘owner’ of an idea during meetings or conversations.
  • Leave your assumptions at the door: Try to stop yourself from making assumptions about others and their workload, family life, interest, expertise level, etc.
  • Rotate who runs meetings: Giving different people creative control over meetings can get more people engaged, might change meeting dynamics, and may lead to inventive solutions.
4. REFLECT: If someone asked you what could be done to improve inclusion in your team, department, or area, what would you say?
5. INDIVIDUAL: Look back on the month of Everyday Inclusion activities—which parts stood out for you? What activities, ideas, people, or issues did you engage with?


Top five positive micro-behaviours (2:23 video from Skill Boosters, with captions)

How unintentional but insidious bias can be the most harmful (8-minute video from PBS, 2015, with transcript)

Inclusion starts with I (3:27 video from Accenture, 2017)

To speak up for inclusion, we need to speak about inclusion (4:07 video from RBC, 2018)

Moving towards a more inclusive workplace (Rafael Lopez, DEI, in partnership with HR at UO, July 2018)

Explore Kanopy (thousands of documentaries that are free for UO staff--login with your DuckID)


Finally, a definition of workplace inclusion that's truly actionable (2018 Quartz at Work article by Leah Fessler)

What Should Inclusion Really Look Like In The Workplace? (2018 Forbes article by Peggy Yu)

What's the Difference Between Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion? (October 2017 General Assembly blog post by Meg Bolger) 

5 Ways You Can Create a More Inclusive Workplace Immediately -- and Why You Should (September 2017 Entrepreneur piece by Franz Johannson)

50+ Ideas for Cultivating Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace (March 2017 blog on LinkedIn by Jennifer Kim)

Micro Affirmations: Tell People They Matter With Small Acts of Inclusion (2016 blog post by Scott Horton)

Six Simple Things You Can Do To Support Workplace Diversity And Inclusion (2016 Forbes article by Gaudiano and Hunt)

Small acts of kindness: micro-affirmations and campus climate (2014 post by Ron Castro on Campus Clarity)

Using Pronouns (UO Division of Student Life) and Understanding Gender (Gender Spectrum resource)

10 Things You Can Do as a Bystander (2015 Psychology Today article by Laura Martocci)

Tools for Inclusive Communication, (Chris Esparza, Director of Diversity, UO School of Law; shared as part of DEI's DAPTalks)


Micro-choices. Micro-actions. Micro-behaviors (SYPartners, no date)

Be Inclusive Every Day (Catalyst, 2016)

Explore Black History Month: The Journey of Us on Google Earth


Diversity Toolkit: A Guide to Discussing Identity, Power and Privilege (Jeremy Goldblach, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, 2017)

Diversity Discussion Starters - A Collection of Ice Breakers Designed to Start Conversation about Diversity (Pennsylvania State University, College of Agricultural Sciences, 2004) 

Small Acts of Inclusion--Creating Cultural Transformation (William A. Guillory, PhD, Innovations International, Inc., 2009)

Everyday Inclusion challenges: week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4


Cultural Heritage Events hosted and/or promoted on campus in February by the UO Division of Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

Thi Bui (author of the Common Reader: The Best We Could Do) in Public Conversation with Tuong Vu and Lynn Fujiwara, Thursday, January 31, Ford Alumni Center, 4:00-5:30pm

Practicing Resistance: becoming and growing as an ally, hosted by the Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS), February 11 or February 12

Affirmative Action Chronicles: From the Era of Colorblindness to White Nationalism, lecture by Cheryl Harris, Tuesday, February 19, 12:00-1:15pm, RSVP requested

PE & Rec Inclusive Rec Expo, Thursday, February 21, 4pm-6pm, Student Recreation Center (free for UO staff; try blindfolded yoga, adaptive climbing, etc.)

General Queer Ally Coalition training, Friday, February 22nd, 1:00-5:00pm or Friday, March 1st, 1:00-5:00pm

BE Cultura - Hip Hop Concert, Tuesday, February 26, 5:30-9pm, EMU Ballroom (free event; expand your musical horizons)

"Why Aren't There More Black People in Oregon?: A Hidden History" lecture by Walidah Imarisha, Wednesday, February 27, 4:30-6:00pm, Straub Hall, Room 156


Black History Month events in community and on campus throughout February

Asian Celebration, February 16 & 17, Lane Events Center

Minority Voices Theatre presents: Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World, February 21-24, Very Little Theatre

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