Education & Outreach

Education & Outreach

​​The Maryland Commission on Civil Rights provides services, information, and training support to agencies and individuals in Maryland. MCCR seeks to provide current and accurate information on issues affecting equal access and opportunity under Title 20 of the State Government Article and Title 19 of the Finance & Procurement Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, in housing, employment, public accommodations and state contracts. Through our Community Outreach & Education program, we offer workshops and seminars to agencies, businesses, and organizations throughout the State.

Training modules that are currently available include:

MCCR Overview

 

This short educational program provides a review of the basic services of the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR) and is typically included along with all training workshops.

Workshop content includes:

  • MCCR Purview & Mission
  • Types of Cases Processed & Maryland’s Protected Classes
  • Case Processing & Procedures
  • How to File a Complaint
  • Investigation Info & Current Statistics
  • Legal Unit Information
  • Education and Outreach Opportunities
  • FAQs
  • Office Locations & Contact Info
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Conflict Resolution

 


This interactive training workshop examines the role of interpersonal conflict and its’ impact on the workplace. The workshop provides both insight and information on the causes and process of conflict and offers conflict management techniques.
Workshop content includes:

  • Causes of Conflict
  • Cycle of Conflict
  • Conflict styles
  • Case Studies
  • Conflict Management Tools & Techniques

Dimensions of Diversity

 

This interactive training workshop provides both information and opportunity to examine and understand the concepts of culture, cultural information and its’ origin, and how it impacts the workplace.
Workshop content includes:

  • Key Diversity Definitions
  • Cycle of Information/Misinformation
  • Examining of Cultural Roots
  • Multi-Cultural Communication Awareness
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Disability Issues, Awareness & the Law

 

This interactive training workshop includes a review of applicable disability-related laws and reasonable accommodations. The workshop also provides relevant statistics and discusses appropriate etiquette, behavior and language when interacting with persons with disabilities.
Workshop content includes:

  • Applicable Laws & Definitions
  • Reasonable Accommodations (requests, documentation, verification of documentation, etc.)
  • Exclusions Under Federal Law
  • Elements of a Prima Facie Employment Discrimination Case & Possible Defenses
  • Current Case Law & Common Workplace Scenarios

Employment Discrimination Prevention

 

This training provides information regarding preventing employment discrimination within the state of Maryland. Workshop content includes:

  • Applicable Laws & Definitions
  • Possible Defenses for Employers & Remedies for Employees
  • Legal Exemptions/Exclusions
  • Harassment & Retaliation
  • Current Case Law & Common Workplace Scenarios
  • Tips for Preventing Discrimination

Housing Discrimination Prevention

 

This training provides information on fair housing law and housing discrimination issues. Special interest topics such as senior housing, housing and disability accessibility/accommodations, fair housing in real estate and new construction may also be addressed. Workshop content includes:

  • Applicable Laws & Definitions
  • History of Fair Housing Law
  • Legal Exemptions/Exclusions
  • Possible Defenses and Legal Remedies
  • Harassment & Retaliation
  • Current Case Law & Common Workplace Scenarios
  • Tips for Preventing Discrimination

Investigative Techniques

 

​​(Coming Soon)

Public Accommodations/Services Discrimination Prevention

 

This training provides information regarding preventing discrimination in public accommodations and/or services. The training includes legal definitions, what constitutes a “public” accommodation or services, examples of discrimination, exemptions, defenses, retaliation, as well as remedies for discrimination.

  • Applicable Laws & Definitions
  • Possible Defenses & Remedies
  • Legal Exemptions/Exclusions
  • Harassment & Retaliation
  • Current Case Law & Common Workplace Scenarios
  • Tips for Preventing Discrimination

Religious/Spiritual Awareness, Accommodation & the Law

 

This interactive and informative workshop provides a current review of applicable Maryland law on the issue of religious accommodation in the workplace, current cases, and possible defenses. The session will included relevant statistics, discussion and information on religious/spiritual practices that may impact the workplace.
Workshop content includes:

  • Key Definitions and Statistics
  • Religious Accommodations, the Law, and Defenses
  • Workplace-Related Information on the Major Religious Groups in Maryland
  • Workplace Case Studies

Retailiation

 

​(Coming Soon)

Sexual Harassment Prevention

 

This workshop begins by focusing on current Maryland law as it relates to sexual harassment. The workshop will also concentrate on the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace as well as what to do if and when it does occur.
Workshop content includes:

  • Applicable Laws
  • Definition and Types of Sexual Harassment
  • Examples and Case Studies of Sexual Harassing Behavior
  • Dealing with Sexual Harassment
  • Employer Liability/ Damages

Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

 

This engaging training workshop highlights current information regarding sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination law in Maryland. The workshop also provides information on the basic concepts, definitions, and issues that may arise in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Workshop content includes:

  • Definitions
  • Applicable Laws
  • Kinsey Scale of Sexuality
  • Orientation and Identity Issues
  • Orientation and Identity in the Workplace

LGBTQIA Safe Spaces

 

A partnership between the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights and Salisbury University, this workshop is designed to help people reduce the often unwelcoming and even hostile environments in which Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Transgender, Intersex, and Asexual/Ally (LGBTQIA) people navigate in their daily lives. From the classroom bully to the unintentional exclusion by use of certain language, LGBTQIA people frequently find themselves excluded and uncomfortable in many situations. Using a hands-on approach, participants will examine their role and responsibility in creating a more welcoming environment at work, school, and civic or social organizations.

Workshop objectives include:

  • Participants will be able to identify sources of unwelcoming behaviors in a variety of settings.
  • Participants will learn to dispel negative stereotypes and develop a set of strategies to create more welcoming environments for LGBTQIA people.
  • Participants will become more familiar with and comfortable in using LGBTQIA-inclusive terminology.
  • Participants are provided the opportunity to commit to being an ally by displaying a Safe Spaces Sticker.

Training sessions are offered in 3 hour segments. Workshop booklets are provided for each participant. Fees are negotiable. If you are interested in attending a demo of the workshop, please contact Dr. Diane S. Illig or Tara Taylor.

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​​Education/Outreach Materials

For more information on MCCR’s Community Outreach & Education program or to make a request, please contact:

Tara Taylor
Education & Outreach Director
tara.taylor@maryland.gov
410.767.6459

Keith Merkey
Education & Outreach Associate
keith.merkey@maryland.gov
410.767.8560

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