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Iowa State University Diversity and Inclusion COVID-19 Resources

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

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Foster Inclusion with Virtual Team Building

April 24, 2020

The events of the past few weeks have ushered in a deep sense of uncertainty. In the face of these fears, fostering a sense of safety and belonging starts with supporting each other. A great way to promote inclusion and support from afar is virtual team building!

Now that the majority Iowa State University Extension and Outreach employees are working remotely, they rarely get the opportunity to causally interact with their coworkers and managers like they would in a “regular” office.

While virtual teams have so many positive effects on production and work-life balance, they make organizations lose that “water cooler chat” that is so crucial to employee satisfaction and retention. Teams lose that opportunity to casually bump into each other and talk about things unrelated to work such as their home life, pop culture, and interests.

Some may think these interactions mean nothing, they are just useless small talk, but they actually impact team performance a great deal! When teams feel closer together and included, morale goes up, happiness goes up, and in turn, production goes up.

We all seem to be participating in video conferencing meetings with our teams. For remote teams, having an activity during a meeting that allows the team to take a few minutes to bond and focus on something other than work can help facilitate relationships and trust with their coworkers that they do not otherwise have the opportunity to see each other face-to-face. Find a variety of ideas and think about how you might foster inclusion and fun with virtual team building!

Your DiSC Style and Working Remotely

April 8, 2020

Your DiSC Style and Working Remotely

These times they are ‘a changin’ - including how we communicate. Physical distancing and working remotely don’t afford us our normal communication methods. Soon, if not already, we will notice the even bigger need to be aware of our communication style and the style of others.

The Everything DiSC concept of “stretch,” (those that have taken the workshop, remember the rubber band exercise) or flexing into behaviors not typically associated with our personality type, is important right now.

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Inclusive Excellence

April 2, 2020

We were thrilled to have Dr. Kevin McDonald, the vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion from the University of Virginia as the Keynote for our virtual Annual Conference this year. Dr. McDonald gave an inspirational message on Inclusive Excellence. Enjoy the video again that he shared with us: To Speak Up for Inclusion, we need to speak about inclusion.

What does emotional intelligence look like on a random Tuesday?

March 12, 2020

In 1995, psychologist and science journalist Daniel Goleman published a book introducing the concept of emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and manage emotions. Research shows that high emotional intelligence greatly increases our chances of success. But what does emotional intelligence look like, in everyday life?

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Vice President for Extension and Outreach Tuition Assistance Deadlines

January 10, 2020

Application deadlines:

  • Fall 2019                          June 17, 2019 - August 23, 2019
  • Spring 2020                     November 4, 2019 – January 10, 2020
  • Summer 2020                  March 9, 2020 - May 15, 2020

If you applied for 2019 Fall VPEO Tuition Assistance, deadline for reimbursement is January 31, 2020.     

Inclusive Design for Accessible Presentations

September 18, 2019

When you prepare for your next workshop or presentation, use these tips on how to tweak your slides so that everyone gets the most out of it, especially for individuals who are visually impaired.

Is your slide font readable? The World Blind Union (WBU) highly suggests using sans serif font types such as Helvetica, Arial, and Verdana. Unlike serif typefaces, these font styles do not have small finishing strokes, which makes them more legible and readable for people with low vision and dyslexia. A 32-point size font is the ideal text size to use in most room settings. This is so that near-sighted people can understand what you are pointing to, even from a distance.

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A Meeting of the Minds...and DiSC Style

August 6, 2019

Meetings. They are common in any organization. And to some, are a dreaded necessity - and for good reason. They can feel disorganized, too long, and downright unneeded. But there is hope - meetings can go from dysfunctional to functional!

Consider using your Everything DiSC Workplace assessment results to bridge any gaps between meeting attendees and good communication. Knowing your own DiSC style, and those of your coworkers, helps you to adjust your communication style—and even your meeting structure—to work better for everyone involved. 

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Inclusive Presentations: Make Sure They Hear Your Message!

August 6, 2019

The ability to plan and deliver effective presentations is an important skill–whether you are presenting to your staff or board, to an in-person audience of colleagues at a seminar or conference, to participants at a program at your institution, or in an online program. As educators, we give so much focus to the quality of the content we are presenting that all too often we don’t pay enough attention to the learning experience we are creating in the presentation of that content. If the presentation is not accessible and inclusive then the content you provide is not being effectively communicated to the broadest audience, including those with disabilities. 

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Coming Together for Racial Understanding

January 25, 2019

Civil dialogue involves creating a safe place for participants to assemble to discuss a challenging issue.  The process of dialogue typically involves some level of facilitation, agreement to a set of guidelines, and has a central focus on increasing understanding among participants on the topic.  Civil dialogue will always seek to foster listening and understanding.  This particular framework focuses the dialogue efforts on race relations.

eAccessibility Update: Closed Captions

November 7, 2018

Providing closed captions for videos is a best practice we should all be using. A study on television accessibility by Ofcom finds that 80% of people who use closed captions are neither deaf nor hard of hearing. And, while the remaining 20% is the most important audience to provide closed captions for, this goes to show how many environments call for closed captions.

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Creating Learning Objectives

July 17, 2018

Creating Learning Objectives is a critical initial step in planning a program and assessing learning.

ISU Extension and Outreach’s primary product is research-based programs. As an initial first step in planning a quality program, it is important to begin with the end in mind; create program learning objectives that align with the program’s intended outcomes.

Enhancing Your Impact - Emotional Intelligence

July 17, 2018

What exactly is emotional intelligence? It's all about self-awareness and self-management. Research shows that people with a higher EQ-i find more success in their work and personal lives. These individuals who "pick up" on the emotions of others and use that awareness to better manage their interactions with others, resulting in more positive outcomes.

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Give Mine to EIE

February 21, 2018

The Excellence in Extension Fund is designed to improve and enrich the quality of educational programs offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and supports staff and programs through the distribution of grants. Excellence in Extension provides competitive grants that are open to all ISU Extension and Outreach employees - campus, field, and county. 

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