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February 22, 2005

Diversity Training Message from Dr. Deckers

As part of our Affirmative Action Plan, the Health Center has committed to complete mandatory diversity awareness training for all employees by June 30, 2005. Although many of our staff completed the training over the past three years, there are still a number of employees who have not yet completed this training. It is essential that we meet the commitment made in our affirmative action plan to complete all outstanding training by June 30, 2005. We will need the full cooperation of every Health Center employee if we are to meet this target date for completion and meet Health Center’s affirmative action compliance obligation.

In order to achieve this goal, the Department of Human Resources working with the Office of Diversity Programs will be implementing a stepped-up training schedule for diversity awareness training. Over the next 4 ˝ months, numerous training sessions will run in either the Administrative Services Building (ASB) Conference rooms A&B, the Onyiuke Dining Room located in the main building or the first floor conference room in the Academic Research Building. The training session will last for 3 ˝ hours and include a break. A list of scheduled training sessions can be accessed through the HR website at http://employ.uchc.edu/training/diversity_training.html.

Each employee that has not completed this training, which has been offered over the past three years, is required to attend a session. If you have any questions regarding you or your staff’s attendance at the earlier sessions please contact Human Resources at 860-679-7577.

To schedule staff members or yourself for training, please select a date and time from the list of available times and either e-mail your choice to hrregistration@uchc.edu, or fax your registration to HR at 860-679-1051. All registrations must be in writing. Class size is limited to 25 persons and will be on a first come, first serve basis. Upon receipt you will receive confirmation of your registration. If a selected session is filled you will be contacted and an alternate date will be assigned.

Although law mandates the training, this is an important initiative that fits into the University of Connecticut Health Center’s goals of an inclusive environment whereby every member of the Health Center community feels valued and respected.

If you have any questions about the Diversity Training, please contact Ann Smith at 860-679-2523.

Peter J. Deckers, M.D.
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, UConn School of Medicine