IT Academy training and events - February 2021

February 4, 2021

Hosted by the IT Staff Development team, Yale’s IT Academy consists of a robust speaker series, recommended online training offerings, and learning events to support the professional growth and staff development of Yale’s IT community.

New Diversity & Inclusion Resources page

In August 2019, the Yale ITS Climate, Culture, and Inclusion (CCI) Task Force, in partnership with ITS Staff Development, implemented the “Unconscious Bias Foundations” online training using content provided by Skillsoft. As of this publication, all ITS staff, including the most recent ITS new hires, have completed this required training course.

Leveraging our Microsoft Enterprise Agreement, which includes the LinkedIn Learning platform, the CCI Task Force has evaluated replacement content for Unconscious Bias Foundations on the LinkedIn Learning platform. We’ve made these resources available through the new LinkedIn Learning “Unconscious Bias Foundations” Learning Path. Future ITS new hires and anyone wishing a “refresher course” have access to this material.

Additionally, CCI and IT Staff development rolled out a new “Diversity & Inclusions Resources” web page. We’ve provided this page as a resource for personal exploration and growth. As an added benefit, this content raises awareness of the different issues surrounding diversity and inclusion in the workplace and the world. It includes suggested books, articles, films, TV series, and organizations to follow social media.

If you would like to suggest titles or resources for inclusion, please email suggested additions to

Call for speakers and ideas for upcoming events

Have an idea for a new speaker series topic? IT Staff Development is currently planning the remainder of the 2021 IT Academy Speaker Series schedule and requests ideas for Tech Talks, InfoSec Chats, and Café IT. To suggest a topic, volunteer as a speaker, or suggest another member of your team as a possible presenter, please email

Upcoming Sessions in February 2021

Developer Lunch and Learn: Accessibility

On Tuesday, February 16, from noon—1:15 p.m., join the Digital Accessibility team for a session on Accessible Layouts.

Yale ITS believes that learning accessibility and front-end best practices should be an ongoing, permanent training and skills development process. To support developers’ continuing education, the Digital Accessibility Team hosts lunchtime learning sessions where developers can learn something about accessibility that they can begin implementing right away.

Join the Lunch and Learn through Zoom

Pre-register for the February 16 Lunch and Learn training in Yale’s Training Management System (TMS). Login to Yale’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) may be required. The Zoom link will be emailed to individuals registered for the training session.

Tech Talk: “Spinup - Data Enclave”

Tenyo GrozevWednesday, February 10
3:00—4:00 p.m.
Speaker: Tenyo Grozev, Cloud Technologies Lead Engineer

Please join Tenyo in this Tech Talk for a presentation on “Spinup Data Enclave.” This demo will cover the use and basic functionality of Spinup secure data sets, which are built around AWS S3 and integrate with other Spinup services. We’ll go through uploading a sample research data set, managing access, and working with it from Windows and Linux servers.

Pre-register for the February 10 Tech Talk in TMS. Login to Yale’s VPN may be required.

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Café IT: “Happiness in Times of Stress: Evidence Based Practices to Improve Well-being”

Laurie SantosWednesday, February 10
3:00—4:00 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Laurie Santos

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a tough time for us all, but there are scientific ways we can take care of our well-being during this challenging period. Dr. Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology at Yale, will walk us through 7 evidence-based tips that we can use to improve our happiness and regulate our emotions during the next few months and beyond.

Dr. Laurie Santos is Professor of Psychology and Head of Silliman College at Yale University. Dr. Santos is an expert on human cognition and the cognitive biases that impede better choices. Her new course, Psychology and the Good Life, teaches students how the science of psychology can provide important hints about how to make wiser choices and live a life that’s happier and more fulfilling. Her course recently became Yale’s most popular course in over 300 years, with almost one of our four students at Yale enrolled.

Pre-register for the February 17 Cafe IT in TMS. Login to Yale’s VPN may be required.

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InfoSec Chats: “An Opportunity to meet Allison Henry, CISO, UC Berkeley”

Allison HenryWednesday, February 18 
3:30—4:00 p.m.
Speaker: Allison Henry, CISO, UC Berkeley 

Paul Rivers, Chief Information Security Officer for Yale, welcomes one of his peers, Allison Henry. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear about cybersecurity from the UC Berkeley’s Chief Information Security Officer. Allison is very well respected in her field and understands world-class research institutions’ complexities. More details of her presentation are forthcoming. In the meantime, please save the date and learn more about Allison Henry on her bio page, linked above.

Pre-register for the February 18 InfoSec Chat in TMS. Login to Yale’s VPN may be required.

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Tech Talk: “Supporting Research at Smaller Institutions with Student Research Computing Facilitators”

Kaylea NelsonWednesday, February 24
3:30—4:00 p.m.
Speaker: Kaylea Nelson, Ph.D. Senior Computational Research Support Analyst, YCRC

Please join Kaylea Nelson, from the Yale Center for Research Computing, who will discuss the CAREERS Cyberteam program. CAREERS supports research at smaller institutions with student research computing facilitators.

Pre-register for the February 24 InfoSec Chat in TMS. Login to Yale’s VPN may be required. 

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Café IT events - March to May 2021

“Caring for Ourselves in Challenging Times” with Danielle Casioppo
Wednesday, March 17
3:00—4:30 p.m.

“Emotions as Data, Applying Emotional Intelligence” with David R. Caruso, Ph.D.
Wednesday, April 21
3:00—4:30 p.m.

“Defining Leadership” with Ted Hanss, Assoc. CIO, Medicine & Health
Wednesday, May 19
3:00—4:30 p.m.

Pre-register for all of these 2021 upcoming Café IT events in TMS. Login to Yale’s VPN may be required. 

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