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Diversity & Inclusion Certificate Program

The Clark University Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. This program provides a valuable professional development opportunity for staff, faculty, and graduate students. Building an inclusive environment that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion requires the active participation of everyone on campus.

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 work and lead in a multicultural, diverse environment.

At Clark, we embrace a learning model of liberal education and effective practice to put knowledge in practice. To that end, a key component of the certificate program is our “Learning into Practice” project that allows all participants to translate what they are learning in the program into their working and learning environments on campus and beyond.

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Session Descriptions

We encourage all faculty, staff and graduate students to get involved in this program. There are two options for participants to engage in this program.

Option One: Earn a Certificate of Completion

The Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program consists of nine sessions (7 core sessions and 2 electives) for those seeking to earn a certificate of completion. There are three requirements to earn a certificate: Participates must: (1) view the online introduction to the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program presented by President David Angel, (2) complete nine sessions over the course of two academic years, and (3) submit a proposal describing their plan to complete their “learning into practice” project and attend at least two drop-in workshops for your project. More details can be found on our webpage under the “Learning into Practice” tab.

Option Two: Individual Sessions of Interest

Individual sessions are open to those who are not pursuing a certificate. Those who take advantage of this option are responsible for a “learning into practice” project and attending at least two drop-in workshops for your project.

All participants will engage in the “learning into practice” project as we grow in our intercultural communication. Intercultural communication focuses on the mutual exchange of ideas and communication across different cultures and social groups. In an intercultural society, no one is left unchanged because everyone learns from one another and grows together.

At Clark, we embrace a learning model of liberal education and effective practice as we put our knowledge in practice. To that end, a key component of the certificate program is our “Learning into Practice” project that allows all participants to translate what they are learning in the program into their working and learning environments on campus and beyond.

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. Participants can partner with others in the program to create and complete their project.

Drop-In Workshops

Participants are required to attend at least two “learning into practice” drop-in workshops within two academic years. The purpose of the workshops is to create a knowledge sharing platform for the “learning into practice” project where participants can learn from one another and work together as we continue to foster an inclusive environment on campus. This can also be an opportunity for participants to get ideas for their project. The workshops will be available once a month in Dana Commons, Fireside Lounge. More details will follow.

Participants must submit the first draft of their project proposal via this online DICP Project Proposal Form by March 25, 2019. CODI Sheree Ohen will review all proposals and provide feedback to participants in order to finalize their project proposal.

Based on the project proposal, participants are expected to start the implementation phase of their project by the following academic year. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is available to assist with implementation strategies.

Registration will official open September 17. Please see details below.

Participants have two options to enroll in the program:

  • Option One is for participants who plan to earn a certificate of completion. Under this option, participants must select and complete nine sessions (7 core sessions and 2 electives) of their choosing. Participants who complete all nine sessions within two academic years will receive a certificate of completion that will be awarded at an annual graduation ceremony. 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.

Registration Instructions

  1. Start the registration process. Opens Monday, September 17th 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 2018-2019 academic year.

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

Priority Registration*

Returning participants eligible for priority registration will be contacted by September 7 with additional information and registration access.

Priority registration will begin on September 10

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. On September 17, 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 2018-2019 academic year.
  4. As you register for each session you will be provided a Moodle enrollment key to access session materials.

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.

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.

Participants who began the certificate program last year can choose their remaining sessions based on their areas of interests. There are no longer core or elective sessions. After completing your nine sessions and submitting your project proposal, you will earn your certificate of completion that will be awarded at a graduation ceremony hosted by President David Angel in the spring.