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LOD Programs

Below are the names and descriptions of the most common programs we offer in LOD. If you are interested in requesting one of these programs, Our Programs please complete this form. There is a dropdown menu to select your requested program.


UConnecT is an inclusive, yearlong immersive leadership and professional development program.  The goal of UConnecT is to promote growth and development for our highly motivated non-exempt staff who have two years of continuous service. Learn more about the application process here.

University of Tennessee Inclusive Leadership Academy (UTILA)

The purpose of the UTILA is to provide a thoughtful and intentional learning experience that will equip leaders with the content knowledge, leadership behaviors, and support to effectively lead our diverse workforce and create a culture of inclusion. Read more about the academy and how to apply here.


Understand your personality type, learn about other personality types, and develop strategies to improve communication. Knowing your own preferences as well as your teammates can improve teamwork and compatibility.


The DISC assessment is similar to the MBTI in that it will build great self-awareness and team awareness. The DISC assessment focuses on observable behaviors in the areas of how you manage problems, how you influence people, the pace of your life/work, and how you interpret policy set by others.


The CliftonStrengths talent assessment, based on the concept of intentionally developing your strengths rather than your weaknesses, identifies your Top 5 Signature Themes from a list of 34 talents. The strengths-based approach can improve departmental culture, enhance employee experience, and help your teams learn to work better together. Sessions are available for both staff and supervisors.


The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) is the premier cross-cultural assessment of intercultural competence that is used by thousands of individuals and organizations to build intercultural competence to achieve international and domestic diversity and inclusion goals and outcomes. Click here to learn more about IDI and to find the request form.

Leadership & Career Development

Learning & Organizational Development offers a number of personalized development opportunities for departments across campus. Just a few of the topics we have covered in the past include:

  • Team Effectiveness
  • Building Community in a Hybrid Workplace
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Resiliency

We are open to other topics as well. Please submit a custom request above to inquire about how we can best support you!

STRIDE for Staff

The purpose of STRIDE (Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence) for Staff at UT is to revitalize our efforts to hire and retain a diverse staff and faculty by using peer-to-peer instruction about academic research on bias and diversity. STRIDE for Staff can help your team understand the importance of diversity and inclusion both in your department and on campus.