DCR’s Education and Training Unit

DCR Anti-Discrimination Trainings

The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) offers trainings aimed at preventing and addressing discrimination through its Education and Training Unit. These interactive sessions educate participants about their rights and responsibilities under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, the New Jersey Family Leave Act, the Fair Chance in Housing Act as well as raise awareness about current anti-bias issues.

All trainings are currently being offered for FREE to the public.

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Training Requirements

DCR uses Zoom for all virtual trainings. Zoom is a free platform for participants that can be accessed on the web or downloaded as an app. All trainings are interactive and require the following guidelines:

  • Cameras are requested to be turned on
  • Each attendee must individually register
  • Each attendee must be on a separate device (smartphone, tablet or computer)
  • Attendees must log onto zoom using the same name used for registration
  • Full attendance is required to receive a certificate of completion

Trainings with insufficient registration may be subject to cancellation. If so, registrants will be notified at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled training date and can then register for a different training date.

Rights and Responsibilities

These trainings educate participants about their rights and responsibilities under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, the New Jersey Family Leave Act, and the Fair Chance in Housing Act.

The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination in the Workplace

All employees are entitled to a workplace that is inclusive and free from discrimination. This training will provide an overview of how the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) protects employees from harassment and discrimination. Through case studies and other interactive exercises, participants will examine the rights afforded to all employees and the responsibilities of employers to protect those rights. Topics include what constitutes a hostile work environment, workplace accommodation requirements, employer liability, and reporting processes. Participants will also explore the ways in which implicit biases can lead to discrimination, and how to foster respectful environments in which discrimination and harassment are not tolerated.

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July 14, 2022 – 9:30am-11:30am
August 9, 2022 – 9:30am-11:30am
September 22, 2022 – 9:30am-11:30am
October 27, 2022 – 9:30am-11:30am
Your Legal Rights as Educators

Educators have the right to work and students have the right to learn in a school environment free from discrimination and bias-based harassment. In this training, educators will learn about their rights and obligations under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) and the New Jersey Family Leave Act (NJFLA). Using legal case studies and examples, participants will explore when conduct crosses the line to become a violation of the LAD, and how to respond when they witness or experience discrimination or harassment. Additional topics include the rights of pregnant and breast-feeding employees, family leave, and retaliation.

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October 4, 2022 – 9:30am-11:00am
NJ Division on Civil Rights Fair Chance in Housing Act Webinar

Today, nearly one-third of the adult working age population in the U.S. has a conviction record. Many of these people have been denied housing, though most pose no threat to their communities. New Jersey’s Fair Chance in Housing Act (FCHA) remedies this form of discrimination by establishing a fair process for consideration of conviction histories during the application process. Join us for this interactive webinar that will provide an overview of FCHA, including effective implementation strategies and model forms that can be utilized by housing providers. Participants will also explore how conviction record screenings have disproportionately impacted communities of color, and consider ways to create discrimination-free housing environments.

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July 13, 2022 – 9:30am-11:00am
August 11, 2022 – 9:30am-11:00am
September 13, 2022 – 9:30am-11:00am
Hair Discrimination and the NJ Law Against Discrimination

This training will focus on race discrimination based on hairstyle. It will cover the history of this type of discrimination and the Division on Civil Rights (DCR) investigation into a hairstyle-related incident at a high school wrestling match. It will also cover a guidance document issued by DCR explaining that race discrimination includes discrimination based on a trait inextricably intertwined or closely associated with race, such as hairstyle, and the CROWN Act, which codifies these protections into law in NJ and in other states.

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July 12, 2022 – 9:30am-11:00am
September 29, 2022 – 9:30am-11:00am
October 18, 2022 – 9:30am-11:00am

Discrimination and Harassment Prevention

These trainings offer a deeper dive into anti-bias topics. They proactively address discrimination and bias-based harassment by examining real world situations. Each training provides participants with practical strategies for preventing bias, harassment and discrimination.

Understanding Implicit Bias

This interactive, virtual training will introduce participants to the concept of implicit bias. Participants will consider how implicit bias manifests in our interactions with others and explore strategies for addressing implicit bias in ourselves and in the workplace. Participants will also learn about how the NJ Law Against Discrimination protects individuals from discrimination and bias-based harassment in the workplace.

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July 7, 2022 – 9:30am-12:30pm
August 2, 2022 – 9:30am-12:30pm
September 7, 2022 – 9:30am-12:30pm
October 13, 2022 – 9:30am-12:30pm
Recognizing and Responding to Microaggressions

Recently there has been much discussion about microaggressions, the subtle acts of exclusion that many people routinely experience. This interactive, virtual training will explore the ways that implicit bias – including microaggressions – manifest in our lives and impact our relationships with others. Through case studies and discussion, participants will deepen their understanding of implicit bias, learn how to identify microaggressions, and investigate strategies for responding effectively to microaggressions that they experience and commit. Participants will also learn about the NJ Law Against Discrimination and how microaggressions can contribute to a hostile work or school environment.

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July 21, 2022 – 9:30am-11:30am
August 17, 2022 – 9:30am-11:30am
September 28, 2022 – 9:30am-11:30am
Strategies for Effective Bystander Intervention

This interactive, virtual training explores the factors that inhibit and encourage bystander intervention, especially in situations involving bias, harassment and discrimination. Participants will investigate the cognitive and psychological processes that influence whether and how people get involved, and delve into strategies for intervening to support targets of bias and in response to other problematic behavior. Participants will also learn about the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and consider the importance of bystander intervention within the context of civil rights law.

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July 19, 2022 – 9:30am-11:00am
August 16, 2022 – 9:30am-11:00am
September 15, 2022 – 9:30am-11:00am
October 20, 2022 – 9:30am-11:00am

Youth Bias Prevention

These trainings are for participants who have an interest in protecting young people from discrimination and/or educating youth about anti-bias topics.

Having Anti-Bias Discussions in Class

This virtual training will address the importance of creating “brave spaces” to discuss topics related to prejudice and discrimination in the classroom. Participants will explore guidelines for discussing sensitive topics, how to manage conflict, and pedagogical tools that facilitate critical thinking. Participants will also learn how the NJ Law Against Discrimination protects students and educators from biased-based harassment and discrimination.

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July 26, 2022 – 9:30am-11:00am
August 10, 2022 – 9:30am-11:00am
September 21, 2022 – 9:30am-11:00am
October 25, 2022 – 9:30am-11:00am
Understanding the Needs of LGBTQIA+ Youth

New Jersey has been at the forefront of fostering equality for its LGBTQIA+ young people, including strong protections in the NJ Law Against Discrimination, incorporation of LGBTQIA+ content in school curricula, and the extension of rights for transgender people. Yet LGBTQIA+ youth remain at disproportionate risk for bullying, harassment, homelessness, suicide, and involvement in the foster care and law enforcement systems. This interactive training will introduce participants to the varied identities and experiences of LGBTQIA+ youth, explore the types of bias and discrimination they face, and offer strategies for protecting their rights in various settings.

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July 20, 2022 – 9:30am-11:30am
August 18, 2022 – 9:30am-11:30am
September 20, 2022 – 9:30am-11:30am
October 19, 2022 – 9:30am-11:30am
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