Diversity & Inclusion Certificate Program

The Clark University Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The program is open to staff, faculty, and graduate students. Building an inclusive environment that promotes diversity and inclusion requires the active participation of everyone on campus.

The Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program consists of nine sessions (7 core sessions and 2 electives).

This program provides a valuable professional development opportunity. The Program is designed to offer participants an in-depth examination of diversity and differences in order to gain a greater understanding of how we can and why we should work together to build a stronger and more inclusive Clark community. Participants will gain valuable knowledge and skills that will enable them to more effectively and enjoyably work and lead in a multicultural, diverse environment.

Participants who complete all nine sessions within two academic years qualify to receive a certificate of completion. Individual sessions are also open to those who are not pursuing a certificate; individuals do have the option to take sessions based on their own interest.

The three hour sessions will be taught by various internal and external instructors in different formats. The core sessions are offered at least twice during the academic year while the elective courses and graduate specific sessions are offered once. Please be sure to discuss with your supervisor your availability to attend sessions and participate in the program.

SESSION SCHEDULE   SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

Registration

Registration will officially open Wednesday, September 7th and close on Wednesday September 20th.

Participants have two options to enroll in the program:

  • Option One consists of nine sessions (7 core sessions and 2 electives of your choosing). Participants who complete all nine sessions within two academic years qualify to receive a certificate of completion that will be awarded at an annual graduation ceremony hosted by President Angel. During the second academic year in the program, priority registration will be provided for participants enrolled in Option One to complete their certificate in a timely manner.
  • Option Two allows individuals who are not pursuing a certificate to enroll in sessions of interests periodically. This option does not include the added benefit of earning a recognized certificate.

The sessions range from two to three hours and will be taught by various internal and external instructors in different formats. The core sessions are offered twice during the academic year while the elective sessions are offered once.

Registration Instructions

  1. Start the registration process. Opens Thursday, September 7th at 8:00 am.
  2. You will need to provide registrant information then select a session you wish to attend.
  3. Repeat step 2 for all session(s) you plan to attend for the 2017-2018 academic year.
  4. As you register for each session you will be provided a Moodle enrollment key to access session materials.

If you have questions about the registration process or the program, please reach out to Maria Gallant.

REQUIRED “Learning into Practice” Project

All participants, whether enrolled in option one or two, are required to complete a project of their choosing that is relevant to their respective department or discipline utilizing the knowledge gained in the program. This project will allow participants to actualize what they have learned and translate that into their working and learning environment at Clark. Participants can partner with others in the program to create and complete their project. (Example: A faculty member who focuses on food and environment justice partners with a staff member from dining services to conduct a workshop on food and environmental justice, and to develop an avenue to help diversify the food menu options by surveying students from various backgrounds).Participants must submit their project proposal idea via this online DICP Project Proposal Form by Friday, April 6, 2018. Projects are due the following academic year on or before Friday, March 1, 2019.

Cancellation and No-Show Policy

We understand that unplanned or unexpected events come up. Due to the popularity and high demand for this program that is currently free to participants, please review the following guidelines, established to reduce the number of last minute cancellations and no-shows and ensure that those who sign up for the program have the time commitment to attend the classes:

  • Any participant who has 2 no-show attendances will be removed from the program
  • Any participant who has 3 last minute cancellations (48 hours or less notice) will be removed from the program

We encourage you to speak to your supervisor or manager prior to registering for classes to receive their approval to attend.

FAQ

How do I enroll in the program?

  1. On September 7, you can click Register for DICP to start the registration process. This link will remain inactive until registration opens.
  2. You will need to provide registrant information then select a session you wish to attend.
  3. Repeat step 2 for all session(s) you plan to attend for the 2017-2018 academic year.
  4. As you register for each session you will be provided a Moodle enrollment key to access session materials.

What’s the difference between ‘core’ and ‘electives’ sessions?

All the sessions offered provide valuable insights and information in expanding our understanding and engagement with diversity, equity and inclusion on campus and beyond. For those earning a certificate, core sessions are required for the completion of the program, while two electives of your choosing are required. Elective sessions offer a chance to expand and explore more specific topics based on the interests of each program participant.

If I am enrolled in Option Two and do not plan to earn my certificate, can I enroll in any session that I choose?

Yes, all sessions are open to those who are not pursuing a certificate. We understand that not everyone has the flexibility in their schedule to complete all required sessions within the timeframe allotted. If you are enrolled in Option Two and plan to participate in sessions periodically, you can enroll in as many core and elective sessions as you wish. This option does not include priority registration or the added benefit of earning a recognized skills-based micro-credential.