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Training Opportunities


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The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announces its yearly series of workshops on diversity and inclusion for the DOC workforce.

What do these workshops offer?

To further the Department’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) Strategic Plan, and continue to create and promote an inclusive organizational culture.  OCR is pleased to once again offer a series of workshops designed to provide Commerce employees with practical tools for supporting DEIA efforts and fostering a positive work environment. 

What platform will be used?

These highly interactive discussions will be offered remotely via Microsoft Teams and facilitated by Le Angela Ingram of HR Anew. The following sessions will be offered to employees in the D.C. metropolitan area from May 23rd through August 24, 2023 -- Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Scheduled Training Sessions/Descriptions

“Cross Cultural Awareness and Diversity”   

  • May 30, 2023 - Online - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST
  • July 18, 2023 - Online - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST

This full day course will use experiential activities and interactive discussions to assist participants in navigating the cultural differences that often impact our working relationships, e.g., communicating across cultures, evaluating performance, respect, decision-making, establishing trust, managing disagreements/conflicts, and providing feedback.  The discussions will enable attendees to understand, recognize and respond effectively to varying practices and situations.

"Emotional Intelligence”

  • June 1, 2023 - Online - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST
  • July 20, 2023 - Online - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST
  • August 24, 2023 – Online - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST

Emotional Intelligence (EI) or Emotional Quotient (EQ) is the ability to be aware of, and better manage our emotions and relationships. It has been said that “your Intelligence Quotient (IQ) will get you in the door, but it is your EQ that will determine how successful you are in life.”  This workshop will focus participants on understanding the components of EI, its benefits, assessing personal strengths, and areas for improvement, and developing strategies to recognize emotional triggers and mitigate their effects.

“Multi-Generations in the 21st Century Workplace”

  • June 15, 2023 - Online - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST
  • August 17, 2023 - Online - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST

This course helps participants recognize and value contributions that multiple generations bring to the workplace and the overall success of the organization. It also provides insights and strategies to enhance performance, attract and retain talent, minimize conflict, promote respect, and strengthen communication and collaboration.  By gaining insights, strategies and skills, attendees can help improve teamwork and create a more inclusive and welcoming workplace for all.

“Unconscious Bias”

  • July 11, 2023 - Online - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST

Unconscious bias is the habitual way of thinking that affects our understanding, actions, and decisions. This session is designed to deepen the participant’s understanding of unconscious bias and develop practical strategies for recognizing and responding to bias in the workplace.  By recognizing unconscious bias and its unintentional impacts, we are better positioned to anticipate, prevent, and minimize its effects and create a more inclusive and respectful workplace.

Training Enrollment and Logistics

All sessions will be held online from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST.  There is no charge for the workshop, however, space is limited to the first 40 participants, and pre-registration is required in the Commerce Learning Center (CLC). As with all training, you should get approval from your supervisor to participate. 

These workshops are physically accessible to people with disabilities.  Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to (202) 482-4481, or via e-mail to Slanguage@doc.gov Request for reasonable accommodations can be submitted to Lilia Irizarry-Felix at OCR.RAC@doc.gov or 202-482-8183.  Please request needed services as soon as possible so arrangements can be made.

If you have any questions regarding these workshops, please contact Carolyn P. Walker at cwalker3@doc.gov.


These events are part of the Office of Civil Rights’ “Inclusion is on Us” campaign and are designed to encourage an inclusive workplace and assist the Department in achieving its goal to be a Model EEO Employer. For additional information on the Department’s

DEIA Strategic Plan, click here.

Look for these training opportunities and other events in our events calendar