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Hard Science Soft Skills Series

This innovative lecture series focuses on addressing soft skills, including communication, conflict management, implicit bias, leadership, diversity, and equity and inclusion to facilitate the transition of traditional interpersonal communication and enable our employees’ success. Hard Science Soft Skills speakers have devoted significant work, research, and publications to these topics. This live lecture series provides a unique way for our employees to gain the knowledge and tools they need to succeed in working and engaging with their colleagues and collaborators.

Hollaback! Bystander Intervention

The Hollaback! Bystander Intervention workshop provides our employees with the methods to do their part to protect their neighbors, colleagues, friends, and strangers when witnessing bigotry and harassment. Employees are equipped with the Five D’s of bystander intervention to support someone who is being harassed and demonstrate to others that everyone has the power to make the community safer. This workshop provides our employees with the confidence and knowledge to successfully and safely intervene in instances of public bigotry and harassment, thereby fostering a proactive mindset to our sense of community, and ultimately making the world a more tolerant and pleasant place to exist. 

Leadership Development Program

STScI’s Leadership Development Program provides our managers with the tools they need to effectively lead a diverse and inclusive workforce, as well as grow personally and professionally. The program focuses on developing leadership skills for self-assessment, social awareness, recognizing skill gaps, and self- and relationship management. Topics include unconscious bias, diversity and inclusion, 360 feedback, and mentoring.

Micro-triggers at Work

Micro-triggers are subtle behaviors, annoying phrases, and micro-inequities that hit our hot buttons, cause us to disengage, and trigger reactions. This workshop helps employees identify and understand their own micro-triggers as well as potential micro-triggers of their colleagues, while also understanding their role in the workplace. The goal of this workshop is to help employees work to create a more inclusive work environment by sharing and understanding, as well as promoting mindfulness about the impact we have on others, no matter how small.

Safe Zone

STScI partners with Johns Hopkins University to offer Safe Zone Training, which equips our staff with the knowledge and terminology to become better allies with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community, especially those within our own organization. The Safe Zone mission is to promote an environment where the LGBTQ community and their allies flourish intellectually, socially, and emotionally, which aligns closely with STScI’s diversity, equity, and inclusion values and initiatives.

Unconscious Bias: Understanding Bias to Unleash Potential

Bias is a natural part of the human condition. It affects how we make decisions, engage with others, and respond to various situations and circumstances. It can also limit potential outcomes. There is nothing more fundamental to performance than how we see and treat each other as human beings. This workshop offers a principle-based, practical approach to identifying and addressing bias in our everyday lives by helping participants build practical skills that help them recognize bias in action and counter its potentially harmful effects.