DEI at Grand River Solutions

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION EDUCATION

 

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are evolving concepts that should be continually and consistently explored and evaluated. Grand River Solutions utilizes evidence-based research and adult learning models in the training development process, ultimately creating engaging educational experiences that recognize diverse learning styles and varying levels of understanding among participants. Our trainings are designed to empower participants to promote equity and inclusion within their community, institution, or organization.

 

We host live in-person and virtual training sessions. Explore the virtual sessions that open to professionals across the country below. We also offer customized training modules tailored to meet the specific needs of a campus, community, or workplace.

ABOUT OUR CURRENT TRAININGS

Diversity Foundations

Diversity Foundations: Bias Awareness and Mitigation

Description

This course challenges participants to reframe their understanding of bias and provides practical definitions for several diversity, equity, and inclusion terms. Real life examples and relevant research highlight best practices for uncovering and mitigating bias. Tools such as worksheets, action planning forms, and resource lists will be provided to assist participants in creating bias mitigation plans.

The agenda includes:

  • Establishing common terms and definitions
  • Discussion on the effects of implicit bias in the workplace
  • Recommended tools for uncovering bias
  • Action plans for creating consistent and transparent processes

Audience

Human Resources Professionals
Higher Education Administrators
K-12 Administrators
Non-Profit Administrators
Direct Service Staff Members

Inclusive Search Practices

Inclusive Search Practices: Culture Add vs. Culture Fit Recruitment

Description

What is an inclusive search process and how can it strengthen diversity recruitment? This training provides participants with a blueprint of best practices for an inclusive search process. It highlights various checkpoints within the search process that can help maximize an institution’s opportunity to diversify their workforce. It prepares attendees to assess current faculty and staff search processes, and utilize the CCC’s (Consistency, Consideration, and Communication) to mitigate barriers that limit candidate diversity.

The agenda includes:

  • Understanding affirmative action
  • How to prepare for an inclusive search process
  • Diversity Recruitment myths and realities
  • Best practices for an inclusive search

Audience

Chief Diversity Officers
Higher Education Administrators
Human Resources Professionals
Hiring Managers
Search Teams
Supervisors

QUESTIONS? INTERESTED IN CUSTOM TRAINING? WOULD YOU LIKE TO EXPLORE OUR TRAINING SOLUTIONS?

GRS transformed the way we plan for and respond to Title IX, harassment, discrimination, and other related incidents.

“Partnering Grand River Solutions (GRS) transformed the way we plan for and respond to Title IX, harassment, discrimination, and other related incidents. GRS helped us improve our policies, processes, and practices to be more effective and efficient. GRS staff is experienced, knowledgeable, professional, and responsive. Through trainings and consultations – GRS staff have been invaluable in helping us promote an inclusive environment for our students and employees.”

Rosalia Messina, EdD, MPA
Executive Vice President
University of Western States

The training provided was thorough, thoughtful, and engaging, and it laid the groundwork for a successful year.

The team at Grand River Solutions was wonderful to work with, providing prompt response and a tailored approach to training that fully considered our unique situation. The training provided was thorough, thoughtful, and engaging, and it laid the groundwork for a successful year.  I am grateful for their support, and look forward to continued partnership with Grand River Solutions.

Michael Patterson, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

Their programs are engaging, thoughtful, and community-focused.

“My colleagues and I really appreciate the training and support provided by Chantelle Cleary and the whole Grand River Solutions team. Their approach weaves together legal expertise, practitioner experience, and common sense — plus a profound commitment to fairness and care for others. Their programs are engaging, thoughtful, and community-focused, and we look forward to working with and learning from them.”

Michael Dunn
Assistant Vice President of Equity and Inclusions; Title IX Coordinator
St. Mary's College of Maryland

The training materials prepared were relevant; they incorporated feedback about our campus culture and climate, while offering practical skills for our decision makers, advisors and investigators.

Grand River Solutions provided our Title IX grievance pool with a great refresher training on the fundamentals of the Title IX adjudication process. The training materials prepared were relevant; they incorporated feedback about our campus culture and climate, while offering practical skills for our decision makers, advisors and investigators. The Grand River Solutions team exceeded our expectations during the mock hearing. Drawing on the challenges seen in the past year they provided our decision makers and advisors with expert guidance on managing the various aspect of the Title IX hearing.

Nicole L. Johnson
Title IX & Compliance Director| Title IX & Compliance Office
Spelman College

Grand River team is a helpful mix of professional and approachable, delivering expertise, a breadth of services, and continually adding value.

Our partnership with Grand River Solutions provides our member colleges and universities with expert Title IX, Clery Act, and diversity, equity, and inclusion support services at the touch of a button. We are thrilled to continue to work with the Grand River team, who is a helpful mix of professional and approachable, delivering expertise, and a breadth of services.

Brent Wilder, President, Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities

Our partnership has not only improved the experiences for students… but is has also enhanced our community’s confidence in our process.

We have been beyond pleased with our partnership with Grand River Solutions. Having easy access to a talented pool of trainers, investigators, hearing officers, and conduct consultants through Grand River has been wonderful. I believe our partnership has not only improved the experiences for students who are involved in sexual misconduct, but it has also enhanced our staffs’ capacities to respond effectively and our community’s confidence in our process.

Dr. Lisa Landreman, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Willamette University

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