Diversity & Inclusion Certificate

Diversity and 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, NCBI workshops, 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.

For information about Elective Sessions, contact Miguel Hernandez at mahernandez@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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