Diversity & Inclusion Certificate

Diversity & Inclusion Certificate Series

The Diversity & Inclusion Council is proud to introduce the Florida State University Diversity & Inclusion Certificate. The certificate creates an opportunity for faculty and staff to explore strategic areas around diversity and to learn more about the ways in which they can assist in creating a welcoming and inclusive campus for all. The Diversity & Inclusion Certificate is a partnership between the Center for Leadership & Social Change, Human Resources and other diversity-related offices and programs across the university.

Upon completing all 6 classes and the required Theory to Action Project, submit the completion form to training@fsu.edu. By completing all the courses within the series, a participant can earn a Diversity & Inclusion Certificate of Completion. Participants must have their supervisor's approval to attend the classes if they occur during the employee's regular working hours. For additional program information, contact the Office of Training and Organizational Development at training@fsu.edu, 850-644-8724 or visit www.hr.fsu.edu/train.


The FSU Diversity & Inclusion Program requirements are:

Core Sessions (3 required)

  • FSU Diversity & Inclusion Certificate: An Introduction & Overview

    This overview is an interactive online presentation designed to introduce participants to the purpose and goals of the FSU Diversity & Inclusion Certificate. This session will outline the three components of the certificate in detail. The presentation will also provide tips on how to navigate the Certificate's Blackboard site. (PDDI01)

  • D&I Core Session 1 - Cultural Competence & Higher Education

    This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of multiculturalism and cultural competence within the broad context of higher education. This session will focus on enhancing our awareness, knowledge and skills in the area of multicultural competence in order to work more effectively with diverse student, faculty and staff populations. Our university's efforts related to diversity will be discussed and participants will explore the connection between multicultural competency and their professional role at the university. (PDDI02)

  • D&I Core Session 2 - Cultural Competence in Administration & Management

    The purpose of this workshop is to explore cultural competence as it relates to the administrative, management, and leadership tasks common throughout our campus environment. Participants will reflect on how diversity influences leadership, planning, and teamwork in their areas. The multicultural competencies associated with meaningful and culturally relevant services are identified, and strategies for developing these competencies are explored. (PDDI03)

  • D&I Core Session 3 - Cultural Competence in Teaching & Research

    This workshop will focus on exploring the awareness, knowledge and skills required by instructors and faculty in their central roles as educators in transforming higher education through teaching and research. During the session participants will explore recommendations related to multicultural competence in research and teaching, curricular transformation, and assessment. (PDDI04)

For information about core sessions, contact Miguel Hernandez at mahernandez@fsu.edu.

Certificate Elective Sessions (3 required for certificate) - subject to change

Elective sessions are offered to provide an opportunity for faculty, administrators, and staff to explore specific areas of interest or gaps in understanding in an effort to deepen specialized knowledge in this professional development experience. Certificate Electives are developed in collaboration with academic and administrative departments on campus, as well as community organizations that specialize in areas that incorporate diversity and inclusion strategies. In addition to certificate electives, there are also additional electives located on and off campus. These additional electives include the Social Justice Ally Training, Allies & Safe Zones sessions, as well as attending professional conferences and various community speakers and training workshops that cover topics that include diversity and/or inclusion themes. Similar to Core sessions, you must complete three (3) Elective sessions towards completion of the Certificate.

Universal Design on Campus: In our community of faculty, staff, and students, we each have a vast array of cultures that we add to the FSU campus. In this session, there will be an opportunity to learn more about deaf culture, and how you can aid in creating a campus that is accessible with universal design. This session is applicable to faculty and staff in any role on campus, whether it is in the classroom or an office. (PDDIE1)

Student Veteran Success: As a campus that strives to produce a smooth transition into college life for veterans, attend this session to learn more about student veterans. Learn about the successes, challenges, and opportunities for student veterans and discuss actions you can take to ensure graduation and a positive campus experience for veterans at FSU. (PDDIE2)

ADA: Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act: Learn how to navigate through the minefields of employment law by examining issues related to Disability Law at the Federal, State, and University Policy level. Participants will gain an understanding of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and what constitutes discrimination against a person with a disability. (COADA2)

EEO: Avoiding Minefields in Employment Practices: Examines issues related to Equal Employment Opportunity Law at the Federal, State, and University Policy level. Participants will gain an understanding of anti-discrimination law and discuss guidelines on how to recognize and avoid discriminatory behaviors at work. (COEE01)

Embracing Diversity: Cultivating Respect and Inclusion: The Office of Human Resources delivers unique and interactive diversity training, reaching far beyond race, culture, gender, sensitivity and tolerance. The training course covers an overview to diversity and inclusion, such as history, definitions, and what diversity and inclusion mean to FSU. Participants are introduced to the value proposition for diversity-What's In It For Me..."WII FM", culture as a framework for understanding diversity, different generations in the workplace, tools on how to handle conflicts, and much more. In addition, this course will include interactive activities and top-notch DVDs. (CODIV2)

Managing Intercultural Conflict: This workshop will introduce participants to various styles of intercultural conflict management and negotiation processes. Participants will learn how to assess their cultural management style in order to be more effective when working across cultures and manage cultural issues successfully. (CSMIC1)

Allies & Safe Zones 101: This workshop is a basic training in allyship and contemporary LGBTQ issues. (PDSZ01)

Allies & Safe Zones 201: Trans Ally is a two-hour training that will engage participants in understanding trans* identities, gender variance, socialized gender expectations, intersex identities, and becoming allies to people with trans and other gender variant identities. (PDSZ02)

Allies & Safe Zones 301: These "Train the Trainer" workshops allow attendees to learn how to facilitate Allies & Safe Zones trainings under the guidance of the Safe Zones coordinator. (PDSZ03)

Advising and Helping Skills: As a part of the Diversity & Inclusion Certificate, this elective session on Advising & Helping is focused on best practices for faculty and staff when working with diverse populations. College students have unique backgrounds, experiences, and identities, including academic interests and student organization membership. Through the use of real examples and application of theory, we will work towards building inclusive practices for our multifaceted student population. (PSAHS1)

Assessment in Action: In this Diversity & Inclusion Certificate Elective Session, learn about the use of assessment and evaluation through self - awareness and inclusive practices. Feel free to bring your own assessment instrument to the session to receive tips on how to improve it for use with students, faculty, and staff in courses, programs, and services. (PDAIA)

Using Inclusive Language: Political correctness is a goal for many, in the office, classrooms, and on campus. During this session, the history of the words and phrases often used and at times scrutinized will be shared. Join us for an open conversation that will increase your knowledge of inclusive language and bring your own examples of language you have questions about to the session! (PDDIIL)

Dialogue and Hot Topics: In the midst of a tumultuous year of religious warfare, police brutality, and political debates, conversations on these topics can escalate rapidly and break down opportunities for understanding. In this session, attendees can expect to learn more about the history and practice of dialogue, identify topics of concern in the media and on campus, and review facilitator skills that can assist in processing disagreements. This session is applicable to faculty and staff in any role on campus, whether it is in a classroom or office environment. (PDDIED)

For information about Elective Sessions, contact Estee Hernandez at ehernandez3@fsu.edu.

Theory to Action Project

As the capstone to the Diversity & Inclusion Certificate, each participant who has successfully completed the (3) Core Sessions and (3) Elective Sessions will be charged with creating and delivering a Theory to Action project.

The project will serve as a demonstration of the learning that took place throughout the completion of the certificate. Within the project, there will be a description of the project as well as a projected timeline for completion.

Examples of what a Theory to Action Project would be the following:

  • Program for students
  • Update in curriculum (design or readings)
  • Submission of an article for publication or conference presentation proposal
  • Presentation for faculty, staff, departmental colleagues or students in one's area of work

For information about the Theory to Action Project contact, Sandra Dixon at ssdixon@fsu.edu

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