Anti-Racism Training 2023-2024

Training Information

During the June 9, 2020, town hall for faculty and staff, President Pribbenow announced seven new equity initiatives born out of response to the murder of George Floyd and Augsburg’s renewed commitment to accelerate and expand upon our university’s efforts to promote equity and inclusion during a national moment of racial and social justice reawakening. One of these initiatives was the requirement of Augsburg faculty and staff to complete an annual anti-racism training. The information provided below is provided to help the university community navigate this training.



Abdul M. Omari, Ph.D.
Founder & Principal
AMO Enterprise



Dr. Abdul M. Omari is in the business of human connection. He is the founder of AMO Enterprise, which focuses on leadership development and the inseparable ties to equity, inclusion, and diversity. Dr. Omari holds a B.A. in global studies, an M.A. in public policy, and a Ph.D. in comparative and international development education from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Omari is devoted to civic and public service. He served six years as an elected member of the Board of Regents at the University of Minnesota and currently serves on the University of Minnesota Foundation Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors for Achieve Twin Cities, and the Board of Directors for Plural. Dr. Omari has been featured in Minnesota Business Magazine’s “Young Entrepreneurs” and in 2019 was selected as one of 140 people nationwide to participate in the Young American Leaders Program at Harvard Business School. Additionally. Dr. Omari has been recognized as one of Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal 40 Under 40 and was named one of Minnesota’s Top 100 People to Know in 2021 by Twin Cities Business. Dr. Omari has been featured on National Public Radio, the BBC, and several local and national media outlets. He is a proud native of Minneapolis, Minnesota with immigrant parents from Kenya and Jordan and is a sucker for a good TV show and an avid sports fan.


Title: Understanding and Using Cultural Intelligence

Description: In this session, Dr. Omari will revisit the previous Augsburg Annual Anti-Racism trainings and introduce connections to Cultural Intelligence (CQ) to practically fight oppression and its many tenets. CQ is used to help participants better connect with themselves and others while examining oppressive
behaviors, assumptions, and mindsets.

The four facets of Cultural Intelligence include:
Behavioral/Action: The ability of behavior flexibility in intercultural interactions
Motivational/Drive: Capability to direct and sustain energy toward functioning
in intercultural situations
Cognitive/Knowledge: Knowledge and knowledge structures about culture and cultural
Metacognitive/Strategy: Mental ability to acquire and understand cultural knowledge


Thu, Dec 7, 2023
Via Zoom
3:30-6:30 p.m. (3 Hours)

Wed, Mar 27, 2024
Via Zoom
3:00-6:00 p.m. (3 Hours)

Thu, May 9, 2024
Via Zoom
8:30-11:30 a.m. (3 Hours)


*You must attend one of these three trainings in order to complete the employee requirement for the 2023-2024 academic year.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this training, please contact or indicate the accommodation on the registration form.


    • Augsburg faculty and staff participation in this training is required and will be tracked similarly to campus-wide sexual harassment, FERPA, information storage, etc. trainings.
    • This training will be offered twice during the 2023-2024 academic year, once during the fall semester and once during the spring semester. There will also be a make-up training in May 2024. (Faculty and staff must attend one of these three trainings.) 
    • Non-exempt employees and their supervisors should work together to plan in advance how their schedules can accommodate their participation in one of the three trainings without exceeding their normal weekly hours. (Some departments may receive an exception and be allowed to exceed normal weekly hours, e.g. public safety staff, facilities/custodial staff, etc. This, however, must be discussed and approved through division vice presidents.)
    • Adjunct Faculty: This training will be recorded and made available to adjunct faculty. Adjunct faculty are welcome to attend one of the three Zoom trainings, however, because these trainings will be available asynchronously, requests to be reimbursed for in-person attendance will be denied.

For more information about this training, please contact the Equity and Inclusion Initiatives Department at or 612-330-1126.