BUILD: Understanding Introversion

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
2520D University Capitol Centre
200 South Capitol Street
Iowa City, IA 52240
This event is BUILD approved.

Discussion and research on introversion have blossomed in recent years. We are coming to new understandings about personality traits and working styles of introverts that sometimes don't appear to reflect generally accepted "strengths" in the workplace and in education. Far from being simply "quiet," "solitary," "shy," or "reclusive," introverts bring unique approaches and strengths to our classrooms, our offices, our teams, our departments and units, and our institution. At the same time, "introversion" and "extroversion" are both more complex ideas than have been traditionally understood, and we can all benefit from knowing where our own introversion/extroversion characteristics and strengths lie. Understanding how introverts work best and can contribute the most will benefit individuals by having their work more appropriately assigned, supported, and rewarded; and it will enhance departments, units, and the university as a whole by supporting and benefiting from the diversity of working styles among our university community members. The workshop will explore the definitions of introversion and extroversion, how introverts can be best supported to flourish in the workplace, and how characteristics of introversion can be best put to advance our departments/units and the university. The workshop will also allow for individual self-assessment and sharing among participants, as well as provide brainstorming time on how to improve the environment for introversion at the UI.

The Building University of Iowa Leadership for Diversity (BUILD) certificate is an initiative of the Chief Diversity Office that gives UI faculty and staff the opportunity to gain strategic knowledge and skills to contribute to a welcoming and inclusive campus environment. The certificate is earned by completing one core course and five electives. To learn more about the BUILD initiative and how to enroll visit:

Sign-up is available for employees through Employee Self-Service/My Training. To locate certificate courses search for “BUILD” and a list of eligible courses will appear.

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