The Office of Employment Equity offers a DVD Library for faculty and supervisors that includes materials on such topics as diversity, ethics, solving conflict in the workplace, interviewing, managing, giving constructive criticism, and preventing sexual harassment. The DVDs may be used for individual education, departmental training sessions, or class instruction.

DVDs may be borrowed by Rutgers employees for up to 7 days by calling the Office of Employment Equity at 848-932-3973. DVDs may be viewed on standard DVD players and on computers with DVD components.

DVD Collection:

A Class Divided

In 1970, an innovative teacher attempted a daring experiment in her elementary school classroom. To evaluate how racial stereotypes affect young children, Jane Elliott divided her class between those with blue eyes and those with brown and gave blue-eyed children preferential treatment. This classic program presents the long-term effects of racial stereotyping in schools and suggests how new approaches can make a positive difference with students and teachers. The DVD also includes follow-up interviews with the original classmates who share how this experience changed their attitudes.

© 1986 | 60 minutes | English | Check out just the original documentary: Eye of the Storm
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Avoiding Litigation Landmines: A Survival Guide for Managers

One in every five managers will find him or herself in litigation at some time during his or her career. This program uses a compelling dramatization to teach managers not only how to avoid litigation landmines, but how to turn them into positive tools for unlocking the potential of the individuals within their work force.

© 2005 | 30 minutes | English and Spanish
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Between You and Me: Solving Conflict

This DVD offers practical and effective ways to resolve both interpersonal and professional conflicts at work. The program uses realistic role plays to help employees embrace teamwork and solve their own conflicts without management intervention.

© 2005 | 28 minutes | English, Spanish and Portuguese
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Diversity: Food For Thought

This unique program uses conversations between the owner of a diner and his diverse customers to emphasize the importance of understanding and accepting individual differences. The video also encourages employees to build relationships with people of diverse backgrounds, to find common ground, and to look for the best in others.

The program engages and enlightens viewers by focusing on the kinds of changes we can make that will positively impact our attitudes and improve our work relationships. Competing in today's business world means capitalizing on each and every advantage you've got. So, recognizing the value of diversity isn't just smart, it's absolutely necessary.

Viewers will learn about:

  • Respecting individual differences
  • The importance of open communication
  • Dealing with conflict

© 2003| 20 minutes | English
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Ethics 4 Everyone

With issues of integrity and accountability in the daily news, perhaps it’s time for a refresher course in ethics. This program covers it all—from taking home a few office supplies, to ethnic jokes, and more. Narrated by ethicist Eric Harvey, co-author of the best-selling “Walk the Talk” book series, these lessons have helped more than three-quarters of Fortune magazine’s “Most Admired Companies” turn values into value-added results.

Ethics 4 Everyone teaches viewers:

  • The Three R’s of ethics: respect, responsibility, and results
  • How to say ‘no’ with tact
  • How to manage conflicting rights
  • How to ‘walk the (ethics) talk’

Ethics 4 Everyone illustrates the cause-and-effect of corporate and individual responsibility, offering doable solutions, including how to make decisions that ensure a greater ethical response to professional issues.

© 2002 | 15 minutes | English
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Eye of the Storm

This best-selling program, produced by ABC News, was the first video to document Jane Elliott's courageous undertaking to help her third grade class understand the meaning of prejudice.

Following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Ms. Elliott sought to impress upon her students the significance of Dr. King’s mission. Living in the homogenous farming community of Riceville, Iowa, many of her students harbored subtle and not so subtle prejudices despite the fact that many of them had never even seen a black person before.  So where did these prejudices come from? And, more importantly, how could she make them understand how arbitrary and unfair they were?

This DVD chronicles her now famous exercise, where she divides her class based upon the color of their eyes and bestows upon one group privileges and on the other group impediments. The program shows how easily prejudicial attitudes can lead to frustration, broken friendships and vicious behavior.

© 2003 | 26 minutes | English | You may also like the follow-up DVD: A Class Divided
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Interviewing: Getting Beyond the Image

Job applicants arrive ready to “audition for the part,” armed with just the right image for the job. As an interviewer, however, you want to know more than what is presented to you. This program offers tips for developing interview questions, using behavioral and situational questions to predict future behavior, and techniques to use in committee interviews.

© 1996 | 27 minutes | English, Spanish and Portuguese
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It’s About Respect: Recognizing Harassment in a Diverse Workplace

Harassment represents one of the most destructive workplace issues faced by public and private employers today. Now more than ever, it's important to train all personnel to recognize the various forms that harassment may take and implement measures to prevent it in your organization. In addition to sexual harassment, there are liability issues associated with harassment based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability, age and other characteristics protected by law. Harassment can take the form of jokes, negative stereotyping, hostile acts or simple thoughtless comments. In addition to the costs associated with legal liability, harassment has a profoundly negative effect on individuals, inflicting emotional stress, lowering employee morale and reducing productivity at work.

This program will raise awareness regarding harassment and explain the dos and don'ts of creating a respectful work environment for everyone.

© 2007 | 21 minutes | English, Spanish
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Opening Lines: Understanding Respect

Understanding Respect is a five-minute meeting opener/closer that introduces fundamental and important concepts for promoting respect, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

© 2004 | 5 min | English
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Performance Matters: Need for Constructive Criticism

Hosted by John Cleese

Nobody enjoys being criticized, which is why few managers relish the prospect of criticizing their staff, yet is has to be done. Everyone makes mistakes, but no one can be allowed to go on making the same mistake, and people shouldn’t have to wait until an appraisal to discover they have done something wrong. This DVD highlights the importance of constructive criticism, preventing the recurrence of mistakes and improving staff performance. The program also:

  • Helps managers understand that criticism is an essential part of a manager’s responsibilities
  • Shows why people should only be criticized for what they’ve done and not for who they are
  • Emphasizes how criticism, presented badly, can make things worse
  • Lays down seven rules for ensuring that criticism is offered effectively and without acrimony

© 2005 | 24 min | English with option for on-screen English subtitles
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Priorities for Life, a 6 Part Series

Every individual in your organization has a unique potential for trust, energy, commitment, and ingenuity. Yet most of this capacity is never accessed. The Priorities for Life Series is made up of six distinctive videos, each offering highly practical guidance, a vital and motivational theme, and uncommon reminders for bringing out more of the best in ourselves and others. The titles in the series are: Leadership, Priorities, Change, Capacity and Energy, Excelling in a Changing World, and Reaching the Next Level and Beyond.

This DVD can be easily integrated into training programs such as leadership development, change management, motivation, time mastery, stress reduction, and work-life balance. This DVD provides viewers with memorable, thought-provoking, and actionable reminders.

© 2001 | Clips are 5 to 6 min each | English
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Sexual Harassment Claims: What the Law Demands

Five forms of sexual harassment are addressed through scenarios including: employee to supervisor, faculty to student, supervisor to employee, same sex and peer to peer. Also includes: historical development of the law, the Cole-Hustoles protocol for “How to Investigate a Sexual Harassment Claim,” pertinent case law, expert commentaries on all scenarios, how to manage administrative issues and links to related information.

© 1999 | An interactive DVD | English
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Sexual Harassment New Perspectives

The cost of sexual harassment extends beyond the monetary and takes a significant toll on employee morale and retention. This DVD drives home key training points by focusing on the perspective of the victim. Realistic and subtle scenarios in a variety of work settings clearly demonstrate:

  • The negative impact of sexual harassment
  • The importance of understanding others’ perspectives
  • How to avoid “unintentional” harassment
  • The need for victims to speak up

Also included:

  • Informative training points and bonus material for refresher or training talks
  • A customizable PowerPoint® presentation
  • Video-enriched training organized by learning objectives that facilitates discussion
  • A printable Leader’s Guide
  • Resourceful web links to organizations such as OSHA, FEMA, NSC and the CDC, where viewers can download and print information on regulatory standards.

© 2005 | 20 minutes | English and Spanish
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The 10 Commandments of Communicating with People with Disabilities

Tens of thousands of people have learned and laughed with The Ten Commandments of Communicating With People With Disabilities. It's training that uses humorous vignettes to deliver its disability awareness message.

With over 53 million Americans having a disability, large corporations as well as small companies use this outstanding media program to train employees, improve customer service and avoid losing talented employees due to ignorance or awkwardness. Human service agencies get “double duty” from this program when they utilize it to train their own staff and the community about disability etiquette.

© 1994 | 26 minutes | English
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Village of 100

If we could shrink the earth’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing ratios remaining the same, what would it look like? In three minutes, this program statistically approximates what that village would be like.

These dramatic figures underscore the need for both tolerance and understanding in our modern world.

Key Learning Points:

  • The importance of diversity
  • Understanding the diverse workplace
  • The value of accepting others’ differences
  • How we ourselves are part of the diversity of the world
  • The need for tolerance and understanding

Additional study materials are also included:

  • Village of 100 Activity Sheet
  • Facilitator’s Guide
  • PowerPoint Presentation

© 2006 | 3 minutes | English
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Without Regard to Race, Religion, Sex, National Origin, Age, or Disability

Whether intentional or by accident, employers who violate workplace discrimination laws face stiff legal and costly penalties, negative publicity, low employee morale and other consequences. Often times it’s the subtle comments, innuendos and stereotypes that are part of everyday workplace conversations that put organizations at risk.

Without Regard takes its anti-discrimination message to a unique level. The course teaches participants that by following six unarguable principles — Respect, Integrity, Honesty, Trust, Responsibility and Citizenship — discrimination can be prevented. Participants will also learn the definition of employment discrimination and view examples of discriminatory or harassing behaviors through 10 personal stories. A legal viewpoint explanation follows each of the 10 personal stories, as well as an explanation of the principles that can guide employees and managers through each issue.

© 2000 | 50 minutes | English
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Would I Work for Me?

Trying to get the most out of the people you supervise and inspiring them to go that extra mile isn’t easy, but most employees will tell you that their immediate supervisor affects their productivity more than anyone else.

Would I Work For Me? Demonstrates a supervisor’s behavior in realistic situations—first as a newly appointed supervisor, and then as a more experienced manager who has learned from his mistakes. Viewers will learn eight effective management skills that improve motivation and productivity.

© 2004 | 20 minutes | English and Spanish
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