Build inclusive excellence through free employee workshops

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This semester, Northern Arizona University employees will have the opportunity to boost their understanding of inclusivity in the workplace and beyond.

Beginning in January, NAU’s Center for Inclusive Excellence and Access, in collaboration with Human Resources, will offer a series of free professional development workshops focused on building employees’ awareness of implicit thought, developing a vocabulary of inclusive language and more.

Justin Mallett, NAU’s vice president of inclusive excellence and access, said the workshop series took a hiatus in 2023—but now it’s back and better than ever.

“We wanted to make sure that we are providing a welcoming and inclusive model and format, with learning outcomes that can be utilized in the classroom and within the community,” Mallett said.  

Level 1 of the series will focus on developing inclusive excellence from the individual perspective. The kickoff workshop, hosted by Mallett and Assistant Director for Learning and Development Lee Griffin, is “Implicit Thought: What Is it? How to Reduce It?” In future sessions—”Principles of Inclusion,” “Inclusive Language” and “Elevating Inclusive Voices”—speakers will explore how to speak and act in an inclusive way and how to recruit, retain and support diverse faculty and staff.  

Mallett said that in the spirit of inclusivity, employees will be able to choose between Zoom and in-person sessions. 

To enroll in the workshops, log in to LOUIE, select the Learning and Development Tile and search by course name. For questions or help, email

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Jill Kimball | NAU Communications

NAU Communications