"OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts"

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To take the OUCH! Training: 

  • Faculty and staff: The training is available under the Courses tab in Blackboard
  • Graduate and Law students: The training is available under the Courses tab in Blackboard. 
  • Undergraduate students: Undergraduate students must self-enroll in the training. To do so, follow the instructions here

If you are having problems accessing the training, please reach out to the contact person in your unit. 


What is ‘OUCH!’?

“OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts” is a training available via Blackboard to help participants identify hurtful stereotypes and respond appropriately. The objectives of the training are to understand the impact of stereotypes and biased statements even when spoken casually, identify the most common reasons people stay silent in the face of bias and stereotypes, and enhance skills for speaking up against stereotypes without blame or guilt.

The course has five parts: a review of basic concepts and terms, a video on the impact of hurtful stereotypes, ways to respectfully speak up when you hear demeaning comments, a practice session and a final assessment.

The training takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and is supplemented with a workbook. There are assessments throughout the program and a final assessment at the end.

Why do I need to take this training?

We are a vibrant campus of various ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds and political beliefs, among other differences. These differences are strengths, not weaknesses, and ensuring we have the skills to work in harmony with one another will help increase the inclusivity and sense of belonging on our campus.

Stereotypes and biases, however, can be detrimental to that vision. Trainings such as these help make our campus a more welcoming and belonging place for all members of our campus community. 

Is the training required?

While the training is not required, we highly encourage all members of our campus community to participate in the training.

I am responsible for adding participants to the course. How do I do it? 

Instructions for adding participants to the Blackboard module can be found here

I have questions. Who can I contact for more information?

A list of points of contact in each college/department/unit can be found here.