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Human Resources Newsletter - September 2017

Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace: New Courses from Talent Development

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At American University, diversity and inclusion are key components of our culture. We foster an open, accepting, inclusive, and collaborative environment for all. To support these tenets, the Talent Development team (formerly Workplace Learning and Development) has expanded our professional development program to include a new Diversity & Inclusion course series, which consists of 24 offerings that focus on this core competency and help build skills in awareness, self-exploration, and allyship.

This series also includes five 90-minute courses from our second season of the Leadership Development Speaker Series. This year, Talent Development is collaborating with AU's Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) to present courses that raise awareness and encourage campus-wide discussions about diversity and inclusion topics, such as race, bias, gender, and privilege. View our new 2017-2018 Diversity & Inclusion course catalog.

Diversity and inclusion courses are open to all faculty and staff. For a list of upcoming courses, see the September-October training calendar. To register for a course, visit AsuccessfulU.

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Get to Know AhealthyU, AU's Faculty & Staff Wellness Program

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Achieve your personal development and wellness goals with AhealthyU, American University's Faculty & Staff Wellness program.

AhealthyU is creating a culture that inspires living well and promoting a healthy work-life balance by providing programs and resources to support and enhance the health and wellness of our faculty & staff. The program offers a variety of engaging opportunities to strengthen each dimension of wellness in your life, from fitness to financial education to healthy eating.

Join us in any of our AhealthyU programs, whether you want to move more, learn to cook something new, or recharge your mind, body, and spirit. See our fall program line-up below. To stay connected, follow us on Facebook or email to join our email list.

A Sample of AhealthyU Fall Programs

Monthly Recharge Sessions
Renew your mind, body, and spirit at Recharge monthly sessions. American University experts lead interactive and engaging discussions. Enjoy snacks and conversation in a safe space. Join our next session, "Sustaining the Soul of Summer," on Monday September 18. Click here for details.

Group Fitness Classes
Be active on your lunch break or after work with AhealthyU's group exercise classes, running now – December 8, 2017. From Zumba to Yoga, AhealthyU offers a variety of group fitness classes for every level. Click here for details.

Cooking Demonstrations
Learn how to cook new healthy recipes. AU Dining will provide instruction on how to make quick and nutritious meals. Learn how to make smoothie bowls at our next session on Friday, September 15. Click here for details.

See the full list of AhealthyU programs at

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Events Calendar RSS

Today's Events Nov 20

  1. Register Your Points to AhealthyU Game Board

Coming Soon

  1. Register Your Points to AhealthyU Game Board

  2. Sign Up for Seated Massage on 12/5

  3. AhealthyU Luncheon Learn

  4. Fall Yoga @ SVB

Full Calendar

Academic Calendar

AhealthyU Calendar

AU Farmers Market
Wednesdays | 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Quad
Now-November 15

Weight Watchers®

Thursdays | 12 p.m. | MGC 245

From the Farmer

Tuesdays | Afternoons MGC, WCL, & 3201 New Mexico Ave.

View the full AhealthyU calendar

One-on-One Investment Counseling Sessions

Tuesday, September 12
Thursday, September 14

Click here to schedule.

Wednesday, September 13
Wednesday, September 27

Call 800-732-8353 to schedule.

Campus Events

Crochet & Knitting Group
Every 1st & 3rd Monday | 2-3 p.m.
For more info, contact Susana Marin at

Learn How to Get the Best Hospital Care for Your Loved One from AU Alumna Bonnie Friedman

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Caring for a loved one in the hospital can be overwhelming and at times confusing. However, there are things you can do to help cope with stress and make managing the hospital environment easier. Learn more at AhealthyU's upcoming Luncheon Learn on Thursday, September 28 as AU alumna and author Bonnie Friedman discusses her book Hospital Warrior: How to Get the Best Care for Your Loved One.

When faced with her husband's long-term hospitalization, Bonnie Friedman became a "hospital warrior" and advocated for the best care for her husband.

"Patients are in no position to cope with the complexities and nuances [of hospital care], particularly when they're sick," Friedman said. "You need someone who is able to represent the patient's needs and can speak up effectively on behalf of the patient."

In Hospital Warrior, Friedman shares her experience taking care of her husband for 24 years while working full-time and raising two children. She gives advice on balancing time in the hospital with work and parenting. Chapters also include interviews with health-care experts and information on patients' legal rights.

"Each time Bob had a major hospitalization, I was learning more and more about the hospital environment and how to advocate effectively," Friedman said.

To those with a loved one in the hospital, she offers three pieces of advice:

  1. Take care of yourself so you are as healthy as possible and able to give all you can.
  2. Stay informed. Medical jargon can be confusing, you will learn what you need as you become more familiar with the environment.
  3. Find your voice and use it.

Meet Bonnie Friedman at AhealthyU's Luncheon Learn workshop on Thursday, September 28 at noon in Butler Boardroom where she will share her advice and insights valuable to all who may find themselves caring for a loved one in the hospital. Lunch will be provided. Copies of Hospital Warrior will be available for purchase ($16.99).

Register for the workshop on AsuccessfulU at

Points to AhealthyU players, ask for your 1 pt stamp!

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Manage Your Prescriptions Abroad with Express Scripts®

Are you planning to work, travel, or conduct research abroad? If you are an American University CareFirst BlueChoice Advantage participant, you can manage your prescriptions while abroad using Express Scripts® to order or refill your prescriptions online.

Follow the tips from Express Scripts below to safely travel with your medicine:

Notify your doctor. Discuss your abroad plans with your doctor who can help you make any changes to your medication schedule.

Research prescription medicine regulations at your destination. Some countries have different regulations on prescription medications. Make sure your medicine is allowed in your destination country. Complete any necessary paperwork before you leave.

Stock up on one month's worth of medicine with "vacation override." Refill all prescriptions before you travel. If you're not eligible for a refill yet, ask for a "vacation override," an exception that allows Express Scripts members to get an extra refill larger than your normal supply without penalty. Vacation override is covered by your benefits plan, including the co-pay cost.

Pack essential medications in your carry-on bag in the original containers. On planes, passengers can take all medications on board as long as they go through security. Keep the medication in its original container with the drug name, doctor, and your name. Doing so will make the container easier to identify during security searches.

Contact the EXPAT team. The EXPAT team from Express Scripts can verify your overseas address and make sure you have enough medicine for the duration of your stay.

Set reminders to take your medication. Working abroad, you might be adjusting to different time zones, a new place and schedule. Set reminders to take medication so you continue to adhere to the prescribed schedule.

For more information, visit or contact Express Scripts Customer Service at (877) 486-5984.

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Talent Development September-October Professional Development Calendar

Register for the instructor led courses listed below by logging into AsuccessfulU, AU's online training registration system via the portal.

How to Access the Learning Module in AsuccessfulU:

  • Click here to access AsuccessfulU's portal page.
  • Click the "Go to AsuccessfulU" button in the middle of the page.
  • From the "Home" tab on the top left of the page click on "Learning" from the drop down menu.
  • This will launch your personal profile in the "Learning" tab. You can search and register for training sessions here.

Thursday, September 14
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Identifying Your Networks
Thursday, September 21
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Science of Inclusion: The Brain and Bias 1 - New
Tuesday, September 26
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Gender and Leadership Assumptions We Make 1 - New
Thursday, October 5
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Extraversion and Introversion at Work 1 - New
Tuesday, October 17
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Navigating Difficult Conversations 1 - New
Tuesday, October 31
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Influencing Without Authority: Choosing Your Style 1 - New

1. This course is a part of the new Diversity and Inclusion Course Series.

Scheduled course offering dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Please check the Professional Development Training page for updated listings. For questions, contact the Talent Development team at

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