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April 28, 2020

Iowa State University Diversity and Inclusion COVID-19 Resources

During this unprecedented time, we recognize that Iowa State University’s campus footprint has increasingly expanded into digital and virtual environments. The campus community should be aware that climate considerations continue to extend into all spaces where our members engage. Therefore, we ask that everyone be vigilant to uphold our Principles of Community despite our physical and social distancing. The University’s commitment and methods to respond to reports of campus climate incidents remain in place during COVID-19. Find professional development opportunities online

April 20, 2020

For resources to use during the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit the 

Finding Answers Now page.

eLearning Resources

1 in 5 teens and young adults report living with a mental health condition. If you are an adult who interacts with youth (ages 6-18), this 6-hour, virtual course introduces common mental health challenges for youth and reviews typical adolescent development. 

Creating Accessible Digital Documents will help participants to become more intentional about creating (and modifying) Word documents so that they are easily read by those with vision impairments (including use of assistive technology). While the class focuses on the use of MS Word, the concepts can be carried over into other MS Office products like Excel, PPT, and Outlook. Class material provides the step-by-step “how-to” approach for all Office products.

Starting a new job can be overwhelming, especially within a complex organization like ours. Orientation is important and necessary. 

The onset of COVID-19 and the restrictions it brought made it necessary pause face to face orientation. To aid new staff i becomming familiar with our organization, a virtual introduction to Extension and Outreach, 'Things You Need to Know on Day One' was created.

Virtual New Staff Orientation


In Beyond the Basics and Advanced Features learn about polling, downloadable file options, recording, layering and much more.

Topics include: Joining, scheduling, and hosting a Webex meeting, navigating the meeting window, Canvas LTI integration overview. This webinar was also offered March 26 and March 27.

Topics include: joining, navigating, scheduling, inviting others, host controls, recordings, and Q&A.

Learn how to login, create a meeting room, use existing meeting rooms, conduct a webinar or meeting. 

An *introduction* to Connect, Zoom, and Webex will be given. You will learn which technology is best suited for what purpose.

Consider these online learning resources for your personal and professional development. Remember to visit with your supervisor prior to beginning a professional development opportunity. 

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The Professional Development Unit directly supports Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s strategic plan, aligning the professional skills of our people with the needs of our organization. We conceptualize, design and present development opportunities that will motivate, challenge, strengthen and enlighten county and campus-paid staff, faculty and elected council officials.

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Signature Programs

Crucial Conversations - What is Crucial Conversations? It’s a course teaching skills for creating a positive environment for dialogue. A crucial conversation is a discussion where the stakes are high, opinions vary and emotions are strong. These conversations, when handled poorly, lead to negative results.

Navigating Difference Cultural Competency - The Navigating Difference series is designed to assist professionals in expanding their skills in working with diverse audiences. The curriculum consists of five modules developed by Washington State University Extension staffspecifically for extension professionals.

Everything DiSC Workplace, DiSC Management, Conflict Management and Work of Leaders - Everything DiSC Workplace is a full-day workshop offered to improve communication in the workplace by discovering your DiSC style, understanding the styles of others and how different styles can affect the workplace.

Emotional Intelligence: A Pathway to Self-Understanding and Improved Leadership - Emotional Intelligence refers to a distinct combination of emotional, social skills and competencies that influence our overall capability to cope effectively with the demands and pressures of work and life. This workshop utilizes an instrument that provides an intuitive framework to address questions at an individual, team, and organizational level. 

A flyer is available online and for download.