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'Crucial Conversations' Focus of Professional Development

Jennifer Hamer, Vice Provost for Diversity & Equity
Thursday, October 19, 2017, 1:54 p.m.
KU Lawrence Unclassified Professional Staff
KU Lawrence University Support Staff

Sent on behalf of Vice Provost for Diversity & Equity Jennifer Hamer


The Office of Diversity and Equity invites you to

“Crucial Conversations in Difficult Moments”

A professional development opportunity for KU Staff

Monday, Oct. 30


Dear Colleague,

The implementation of concealed carry on our Lawrence and Edwards campuses has left many at the University of Kansas looking for resources to guide them through challenging situations when uncertainty abounds. Staff across campus have expressed interest in professional development programming to help them effectively and safely have difficult conversations with colleagues and others.

“Crucial Conversations in Difficult Moments” will focus on the nature of difficult conversations in the workplace, how one manages the conversation as emotions become heightened, and will provide opportunities for peer-to-peer sharing. The session will be facilitated by Tami Albin, associate librarian; Linda Luckey, chief of staff for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Precious Porras, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs; and Sharon Riley, organizational development coordinator for KU Libraries.

“Crucial Conversations in Difficult Moments”

Monday, October 30, 2017

10:30 a.m. - noon

Malott Room, Kansas Union

Please RSVP (https://lindaluckey.wufoo.com/forms/october-30-2017-staff-gathering/) by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 27.

This session is specifically for staff at the university. No preparation is necessary and refreshments will be provided.

The Office of Diversity and Equity is working with other offices on campus to establish ongoing, formal professional development on this topic specifically for staff, graduate students, and faculty.  In the short term, a series of professional development opportunities have been created for each of these campus communities. I hope that you will consider and accept this invitation to attend.


Jennifer F. Hamer
Vice Provost, Diversity and Equity
Professor, Department of American Studies
Joint Appointment, Department of African and African American Studies

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