Trauma Informed Workplace

Project Overview

Beginning in April 2023, University Initiatives & Policy coordinated a multi-pronged approach to implement trauma informed practices and resources to campus community members.

black and white headshot of Katharine Manning

Katharine Manning, an expert in trauma and victims' rights, and author of "The Empathetic Workplace: 5 Steps to a Compassionate, Calm, and Confident Response to Trauma on the Job."

Trauma Support Webinar Trainings

University Initiatives & Policy partnered with Human Resources, Faculty Affairs, and the Office of Instruction   and Assessment to offer institution-wide webinar training sessions with trauma expert Katharine Manning for supervisors, faculty, instructors, and others who are in highly student-facing positions on using a trauma-informed approach to support students and employees.

Participants in the Trauma Support Training for Supervisors learned the skills to recognize and respond appropriately to employees in trauma and distress while also respecting boundaries and protecting themselves from secondary trauma and compassion fatigue.

Trauma Informed Workplace Trainings

University Initiatives & Policy partnered with Human Resources to host in-person and hybrid training sessions with trauma expert Katharine Manning for unit administrators including deans, department heads, chairs, directors, and assistant, associate, and senior vice presidents.  

Student and Employee Support Working Group

University Initiatives & Policy convened a Student and Employee Support Working Group of key stakeholders and impacted students and employees to implement the PAX Report recommendation to develop a post-crisis support plan and resources for students and employees. The Campus Emergency Response Plan has been enhanced based on the working group recommendations. The plan now includes sections on student and employee support after a crisis, communications to support students and employees, and disability access during and after a crisis. 

Post Crisis Response Guide for Supervisors (In Development)                      

Based on the recommendation of the Employee Support Working Group, and in consultation with Katharine Manning, University Initiatives and Policy, in partnership with Human Resources, is currently developing a Post Crisis Response Guide for Supervisors. 

This guide is intended for University supervisors at all levels of leadership across divisions, colleges, departments and units. It offers guidance on the following: 

  1. Reporting: Guidance about what information should be reported to University units or colleagues and how to report that information.      
  2. Communication to Affected Campus Community Members: Guidance about what information to share with students, faculty and staff members affected by a crisis in your unit or an area that you lead. 
  3. Resources and Support: Resources available to support students, faculty and staff members after a crisis event and considerations when offering support options. 
  4. Self-Care for Supervisors and Leaders: How to recognize compassion fatigue and helpful tips on how to practice self-care and prioritize your wellbeing.

Project Partners

ASUA Human Resources
Business Affairs Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences
CAPS Life & Work Connections
College of Education  Office of Instruction & Assessment
College of Engineering  Office of the Provost
College of Medicine Tucson Office of Public Safety
College of Science Office of Strategic Initiatives
Dean of Students Risk Management
Disability Resource Center ​​​​​​​Staff Council 
Emergency Management SSRI
Executive Office of the President UAPD
Facilities Management UITS
Faculty Affairs University Marking & Communications
Graduate College  

Project Contacts

Trainings: Danielle Oxnam,

Guide: Lori Van Buggenum,