University of California, Riverside

Human Resources

Employee & Organizational Development

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UCR offers a wide variety of developmental programs to build job skills for the role you have and to foster the career we hope you develop. Programs extend to all segments of the workforce. Check out the many opportunities — classes and workshops, career programs, management development, UC systemwide programs, and certificate programs.

Employee Professional Development Catalog

Download a copy of the HR Course Catalog

The UCR Human Resources Employee & Organizational Development team would like to welcome you to the  2017-18 course catalog for employee development planning. It contains the training calendar for the fiscal year, course and program descriptions, as well as helpful advice on how to create an individual development plan. We hope this will allow employees to strategically plan their development throughout the year and align their learning with the university’s mission, vision, and strategic priorities.

Our goal is to grow organizational talent and increase the offerings that are available to you. We continuously look for relevant professional development options that allow you to increase your effectiveness in the workplace. We will continue to update our course offerings so please check often for development opportunities that meet your goals.


UC Managing Implicit Bias - Online Training Series

The UC Managing Implicit Bias Series is a six-course online training series designed to increase awareness of implicit bias and reduce its impact at the University. The series reinforces the UC diversity, equity, and inclusion values that enable the University to attract and retain a top talent workforce, and it further supports the UC commitment to developing effective leaders and managers of people. It is intended to supplement existing location programs and resources.

Employees may complete individual courses, or the entire series. Those who complete all six online courses will receive the UC Systemwide HR Managing Implicit Bias Certificate. The series will also be added as a core requirement to the existing UC Systemwide People Management Series and Certificate. As a UC People Manager, being aware of implicit bias and how it impacts the way we work and interact with others is especially important.

The series contains the following six self-paced, online interactive courses. Each course is 15 to 20 minutes in length. To learn more about this course, please expand by clicking on the + sign.

1. What is implicit bias?

Describes how the brain uses shortcuts and schema to process stimuli.

Explains how attitudes, stereotypes and biases form.

Differentiates between explicit and implicit biases.

2. The impact of implicit bias.

Describes the ways in which implicit bias can affect our actions.

3. Managing the influence of implicit bias: Awareness.

Assess your implicit bias.

Recognize situations wherein you are more prone to the influence of bias.

Recognize external factors that make you more prone to the influence of bias.

Evaluate whether you are being influenced by bias.

Understanding awareness and humility.

4. Common forms of bias.

Understand the common forms of bias.

5. Managing the influence of implicit bias: Mindfulness and conscious de-biasing.

Learn ways to minimize the influence of implicit bias.

6. Managing implicit bias in the hiring process.

Decouple the design procedures/structures that protect against biases by diversifying search committees, gaining more ideas, perspective, awareness, sensitivity and tapping into diverse networks.

How do I participate

Simply log into the UC Learning Center (LMS) and search the catalog for these courses using the search word: Implicit Bias.

2018 UC People Management Conference

Developing UC people managers for today and tomorrow

The UC People Management Conference brings together leaders from across the UC network to learn about current management topics, exchange best practices, collaborate with their peers, and continue their development and growth as UC people managers and leaders. This year’s conference will explore the importance of cultural change. After an unforgettable two days of learning, inspiration and fun, participants will walk away re-energized with knowledge, connections, and tools to help them achieve their goals and maximize their teams' full potential.

To learn more about this conference, please expand by clicking on the + sign.

Conference Topics

  • Leadership & General Management
  • Cultural Change
  • Change Management
  • Coaching
  • Human Resources & Management Practices
  • Risk Management

Conference Details

August 8 - 9, 2018

UCLA Luskin Conference Center
425 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, Ca

Cost per attendee: $395

Hotel Information: A limited number of guest rooms have been reserved at the Luskin Conference Center


Conference Eligibility

Eligibility for participation requires completion of one of the following:

  • UC Systemwide People Management Series and Certificate
  • Management Development Program
  • UC-Coro Systemwide Leadership Collaborative

For more information about the conference, please visit the UC People Management Conference website.

Print and post the conference flyer.

My UC Career On-Line Career Development Tool

The UCR My UC Career is a self-directed, online career development portal available to all UC employees. Career Development continues to be a focus area across the university and the portal provides a resource that supports employees in growing their UC career. A UC email address is all that’s needed to register for an account.

The systemwide My UC Career portal provides access to job openings at all UC locations via the Systemwide Job Board, as well as resources and tools to create and refine resumes, write cover letters, identify strengths, practice interviewing and find professional networking opportunities.   

The portal consists of the following six, easy to use modules:

  1. Begin Career Discovery: Use personal assessments to help identify values, personality, skills, and talents.
  2. Job Search: Leveraging the existing Systemwide Job Board, in one search, view all UC opportunities by job type, location, or career level. Create multiple alerts for new postings that are most interesting.
  3. Resume: Build a new resume or revise an existing resume using the step by step online resume workshop that uses answers to automatically build an accomplishment-based resume tailored to the identified career path. View resume building guides and resume samples by position or type.
  4. Tell Your Story: Create a pitch statement, cover letter, and references to tell what the employee has to offer and how they can help the organization succeed. Use the step by step online workshop to automatically build each document. View samples of each type of document.
  5. Network and Research: Optimize social media presence and use research tools to help leverage employee networks that uncover additional career opportunities.
  6. Pre- and Post-Interview: Practice interview skills by recording video interviews using pre-recorded portal interviewers that ask the employee questions review interview type guides, create a post-interview thank you note, and review the offer negotiation guide and decision making tools.

Additional information about My UC Career and other career development resources are as follows:

Print and post the flyer.

Facilitation Skills Workshop

The Facilitation Skills Workshop will give participants the opportunity to apply best practices when facilitating to an audience. The workshop discusses the differences between training, facilitation and presenting, and how to connect to the audience through storytelling, effective questioning, and a strong agenda.

Though not required, this workshop is one of the steps required to facilitate OE Certificate courses to a live audience.

Topics Covered

  •  Facilitator Skills
  •  Recipe for Success
  •  Asking Questions
  •  Organization
  •  Story Telling
  •  That "what if's"
  •  Action Planning
  •  Accountability

When is it

  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Central HR Training Room, University Village, Suite 208


To attend this course, you are required to register through the UC Learning Center (LMS).

Organizational Excellence: Leaders @ Change

Leaders @ Change is part of the Organizational Excellence courses in the bronze certificate series. This course uses the Franklin Covey Change Model and demonstrates how to become effective when navigating change at UCR.

Topics Covered

  • Why Change Fails
  • Reactions to Change
  • Franklin Covey Change Model

When is it

  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Human Resources Central Office | University Village, Suite 208
  • Tuesday, August 7, 2018  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Human Resources Central Office | University Village, Suite 208


To attend this course, you are required to register through the UC Learning Center (LMS).

Leading at the Speed of Trust

The ability to create trust is the single most critical leadership competency for leaders today, and creating it is a learnable skill. Leading at the Speed of Trust will help you understand what trust is, why it’s important, and the impact the lack of trust can have on teams and organizations. More importantly, Leading at the Speed of Trust will give you the tools you need to develop, restore, and extend trust in the teams you lead.

Topics Covered

  • The Case for Trust
  • The Trust Tax
  • Self Trust
  • Relationship Trust
  • Organizational Trust
  • Market Trust
  • Societal Trust

When is it

  • Thursday, June 28 and Friday June, 29, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Human Resources Central Office, University village, Suite 208

To attend this course, you are required to register through the UC Learning Center (LMS).

Organizational Excellence Certificate: LEAN Forward

Lean Forward is the 3rd course in the Organizational Excellence certificate bronze series which focuses on the transformative power of the Shingo guiding principles. This course demonstrates that Shingo is not a new initiative, but a new way of thinking, and how applying the Shingo principles can shape the culture of UCR.

Topics Covered

  • Shingo Model
  • Cultural Enablers
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Enterprise Alignment
  • Results
  • Lean @ UCR

When is it

  • Thursday, July 26, 2018 | 2:00 - 4:15 p.m.
    Human Resources Central Office, University village, Suite 208
  • Thursday, August 16, 2018 | 9:00 - 11:15 a.m.
    Human Resources Central Office, University village, Suite 208


To attend this course, you are required to register through the UC Learning Center (LMS).

Organizational Excellence: Collaborative Leadership

In this course, you'll learn the power and advantages of collaboration, characteristics of collaborative people and leaders, and leave with personal action items to work toward collaborating with others. This course follows Google’s quest to build the perfect team and what that research revealed. It will provide you with a deeper understanding of your own collaborative leadership style and how to apply it to the workplace.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand your personal leadership style
  • Review research associated with successful teams including the 5 dynamics that sets successful teams apart from other teams
  • Define collaborative leadership and the daily disciplines needed to become a successful contributor to the team, department and organization
  • Identify the benefits and challenges associated with successful collaboration
  • Plan for future success when working with your team

Collaborative Leadership is a part of the Organizational Excellence bronze series.

Course Dates

  • Friday, June 8, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    HR Central Office | University Village, Suite 208
  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018 | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    HR Central Office | University Village, Suite 208


To attend this course, you are required to register through the UC Learning Center (LMS).

Crucial Conversations

Crucial Conversations teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics—at all levels of the organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment.

A crucial conversation is a discussion between two or more people where the stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. These conversation—when handled poorly or ignored—lead to strained relationships and dismal results.

Topics Covered

  • Speaking persuasively, not abrasively
  • Fostering teamwork and better decision making
  • Building acceptance rather than resistance
  • Resolving individual and group disagreements

This course fulfills the Communications Elective of the UC People Management Certificate.

When is it

  • Tuesday & Wednesday, July 24 & 25, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    HR Central Office | University Village, Suite 208


To attend this course, you are required to register through the UC Learning Center (LMS).

Professional Development Courses

May/June 2018

To view the full offering of professional development courses, please review the calendar of courses.


A networking coffee/tea event for CORO alumni and participants to meet.

Meetings will be held on the 29th of each month at the Starbucks in Glenmor unless the date falls on a weekend. There will be no December meeting. Featured Courses

May 2018 is an online training library available to all staff and faculty via R’Space. It offers over 1,000 courses and video tutorials on a wide variety of software, technology, non-technical skill, and creative topics, supporting both professional and personal development. can be accessed from your laptop, tablet, Smart Phone or personal computer. Learn what you need, when you need it, where you need it – all at your own pace. 

Category Course Title

Business/Non-Technical Skills
  • Improving your Focus
  • Time Management Fundamentals

  • Forms in Depth with Word 2016
  • Mail Merge in Depth with Word 2016

  • Leadership Fundamentals
  • Managing a Customer Service Team

Just for Fun
  • Intermediate Acoustic Guitar
  • Mobile Photography Weekly

Building Core Supervisory Competencies

Please check back for the Spring Session Dates

The Building Core Supervisory Competencies Program is specifically designed for employees with two to five years of supervisory experience who want to develop a broad range of skills that can enhance their performance in carrying out supervisory duties.

The program focuses on critical competencies such as communication, conflict management, risk in the workplace, and a comprehensive offering of electives which provide instruction in other management areas. All aspects of the program emphasize participation and practice through the use of self-assessment inventories, assignments designed to take the learning back to the workplace, lectures, and small group exercises.

The program kicks off with an orientation for participants where they will meet the others in their cohort, and complete a management skills assessment.

Here's what past participants have to say about the program:

What Are They Saying
“The leadership qualities I was able to gain and develop inform all of my decisions and have truly changed me as a leader and a person. I highly recommend this program to those who would like to develop different leadership perspectives and make meaningful connections with
cross campus partners.”
“This has truly strengthened me as a leader and has contributed greatly to what I have to offer my department and the campus,” she said. “I am incredibly grateful for the experience and colleagues I have been able to connect with and learn from.”
“We each walked away with tangible skills that we’re putting to practice in our offices, and also a wider network of collaborators, committed to fostering professional development and promoting diversity and inclusion across UC Riverside.” “Not only did the trainings give me insight and tools to what it takes to be a competent supervisor, but I also learned much about UCR that I did not know – in spite of being on campus for more than 15 years.”

Participants must receive their supervisor's endorsement
to apply for the program.

For more program details, including program cost and application, please visit our Certificate Programs page

Please email your applications to Seana Nuñez-Grider at or extension 2-1442.

Our Services

  • Provide staff development courses designed to help employees enhance their contributions to the University's mission and goals; provide opportunities for career growth; and assist employees in performing current and emerging position responsibilities effectively.
  • Conducting organizational assessments and developing action plans.
  • Facilitating department/team meetings.
  • Facilitate assessments for personal and team development.
  • Designing and delivering customized training for organizational units.
  • To enroll in classes, please visit the UC Learning Center.

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Human Resources
1201 University Ave., Suite 208
Riverside, CA 92507

Tel: (951) 827-5588
Fax: (951) 827-2672