Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certificate Program

Program Director: Zan Jones

Faculty and staff can earn the basic DEI certificate by participating in at least five workships and an advanced certificate by participating in 10 workshops. If you are only able to attend one or two workshops in an academic year, you can continue taking courses over the next few years to count toward your certificate.

All sessions for 2023-2024 will be delivered via Zoom.

Look for additional information on how to register in Daily Digest for upcoming workshops in the week or two immediately prior to each one.

    For many people, religion and spirituality are deeply personal, and create values that offer a sense of purpose and community.  However, in public contexts, religion may be seen as either impolite to talk about or as dangerously divisive. In this workshop, we will explore how religious, spiritual, and humanist identities interact with other social identities in a historical and modern context shaped by power and privilege, and address the complexity of balancing religious and spiritual expression with the separation of church and state within a public context.

    Presenters: Drs. Brent Woodfill, Margaret Gillikin, and Kristin Kiblinger

    October 20, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    The university is committed to increasing diversity among its staff, faculty, and students, and this includes supporting people of color, people who identify as women, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA communities and in other identities across campus. The presence of implicit bias and microaggressions are important to address in our classrooms, work environments, and search and selection processes. This workshop will expose participants to the breadth of implicit bias research and will help them recognize shortcuts that are the result of unexamined bias and how bias may produce microaggressions that can impact classroom and work environments. Participants will learn best practices and resources for addressing implicit bias and microaggressions on campus.

    Presenters: Dr. Monique Constance-Huggins and Dr. Crystal Glover will be the facilitators.

    January 12, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

    According to the CDC, health disparities are preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence, or opportunities to achieve optimal health that are experienced by socially disadvantaged populations. We also know that when individuals are experiencing health issues struggle in academic environments - including being more likely to miss school and experience sadness or hopelessness. In this session, we will be exploring how our students in socially disadvantaged populations may be more likely to experience a lower quality of healthcare and how that may be directly impacting their success in your classes.

    Presenters: Dr. Hope Lima and Dr. Joanna Jackson

    March 8, 2024 at, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    The impact of classism in our society leads to many barriers on our campus and in the broader community. Exploring classism is an essential part of understanding how wealth, status, and income are intertwined with social, cultural, and historical issues in the United States. Class and classism intersect with our identities and experiences, and challenging assumptions and biases about class is an important step in creating positive change at the University.

    Presenters: Dr. Mike Sickels, Dr. Sara English, and Dr. Dustin Hoffman.

    April 19, 2024 at, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Faculty and staff who have earned the basic or advanced DEI certificate may participate in the DEI dialogue circles. These are-person sessions that are group led to encourage certificate holders to continue the conversations surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    • SCOTUS Rules Against Affirmative Action: Now What? - September 28, 2023, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in 308 Tillman Hall.

    • Guided Meditation on Belonging-November 28, 2023, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in 308 Tillman Hall.

    • Immigration Process: How Can We Better Support International F/S? - February 29, 2024, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in 308 Tillman Hall.