Spring 2023 DEI Foundations Certificate Opportunities 

The Diversity Equity and Inclusion Foundations Certificate is designed to offer faculty and staff the opportunity to engage in workshops to broaden awareness about DEI topics, engage in dialogue, and increase understanding of current issues. 

The certificate includes three two-hour workshops: Exploring Subtle Acts of Exclusion, Implicit Bias, and Cultural Consciousness.  The workshops are designed to introduce foundational concepts and encourage reflection. They aim to provide an opportunity to discuss, learn in community, and help build a more inclusive community.

Please note:

  • Participation in all three workshops in one semester is not required.  
  • The certificate is designed to be completed at an individual pace.
  • Certificate participants can complete the program over the course of three semesters.
  • Additional opportunities will be available in the summer and fall for the same workshops. 


Exploring Subtle Acts of Exclusion (Microaggressions) Explore the ways subtle acts of exclusion can impact communities. This workshop dives deep into the definition of subtle acts of exclusion, equips participants with an understanding of what can be a subtle act of exclusion, what to do when we experience one, and what to do if someone tells us we have enacted one.  It offers tools to plan out interventions and/or hold ourselves accountable when faced with subtle acts of exclusion.

Register Here:

Friday, January 27 | 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Zoom)
Wednesday, March 29 | 2:30 p.m – 4:30 p.m (In Person)
Tuesday, May 9 | 10 a.m – 12 p.m (In Person)


Implicit Bias (Unconscious Bias) This interactive session will explore unconscious bias: what it is, how it forms, how it can affect ourselves and our peers, and what we can do to mitigate our own unconscious biases moving forward.

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Friday, February 10 | 2:30 p.m – 4:30 p.m. (Zoom)
Tuesday, March 7 |  8:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. (In person)
Wednesday, April 26 | 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. (In person) 

Cultural Consciousness:

This session aims to deepen self-awareness of our individual cultural self and expand an understanding of others across social categories and a variety of differences. Cultural consciousness can be defined as the process of developing awareness of culture in the self, which can result in expanding understanding of culture and developing deeper cultural knowledge about other individuals and contexts.

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Friday, February 17 | 2:30 p.m – 4:30 p.m. (Zoom)
Tuesday, April 11 | 1 p.m – 3 p.m (In Person)
Monday, May 1 | 3 p. m – 5 p.m (In Person)

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