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What we don’t value….

discrimination and harassment

This week all ISU Extension employees are attending training on preventing and addressing potential problems of discrimination and harassment. The goal is to make Iowa State a comfortable place to work, a place where all are welcome. A place free of hostility.

Iowa State implemented a new policy on discrimination and harassment in 2006. The policy covers protected classes mandated by state and federal laws, and it goes beyond those classes. The introduction to that policy says,
“Respect is the foundation for interchange of ideas, for learning and for working toward common goals.
Consequently, Iowa State University is committed to assuring that its programs are free from prohibited discrimination and harassment based upon
national origin,
physical or mental disability,
age (40 and over),
marital status,
sexual orientation (including gender identity),
status as a U.S. veteran (disabled, Vietnam or other), or
any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law.
Discrimination and harassment impede the realization of the University's mission of distinction in education, scholarship, and service, and diminish the whole community.”

The American workplace is diverse.
The culture of the future is global. Those who work for a higher education institution should lead the way in studying and learning about these differences---every one of us. The one-hour training should be simply the opening chapter. With knowledge, we understand more and become more open to differences. We can communicate better. Each one of us is unique….and different. Diversity provides a real richness in the workplace, in life. Don’t miss it.

"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood."
- Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights leader and Baptist minister (1929 – 1968)

The Iowa State policy, http://policy.iastate.edu/policy/discrimination
Learning about diversity, http://www.hrs.iastate.edu/training/diversity.shtml
ISU Campus Climate Assessment Report, Nov. 2004, http://www.hrs.iastate.edu/AAO/eod/finalreport.pdf