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Diversity and 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 and greater understanding of how we can and 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 the workplace.

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.

2020-2021 Session Schedule
2020-2021 Session Descriptions
2020-2021 Facilitator Bios

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 (5 core sessions and 4 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 Clark’s ninth president, David P. 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 one drop-in workshop 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. We understand that not everyone has the flexibility in their schedule to complete all required sessions within the timeframe allotted. However, please note that this option does not include priority registration to sessions or the added benefit of earning a recognized skills-based micro-credential. Participants in option two can, if space is available, enroll to up to two sessions per academic semester.

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 participants to translate what they are learning in the program into their working and learning environments on campus and beyond.

Participants enrolled in Option 1 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.

Participants must submit the first draft of their project proposal via this online DICP Project Proposal Form by the end of their first year in the program. The deadline this year will be March 22nd, 2021.

The ODI 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.

Drop-In Workshops

Participants are required to attend one “learning into practice” drop-in workshop within two academic years. The purpose of the workshop 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. This year, the workshops will be held virtually. More details will follow.

Thank you for your interest in the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program (DICP). Due to an overwhelming response, registration is currently closed for Fall/Spring 2020-2021 sessions. Please reach out to Ashley May or Michael Vidal at dicp@clarku.edu with any questions.

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 (5 core sessions and 4 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 priority registration and 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. NEW PARTICIPANTS: Start the registration process.
  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 2020-2021 academic year.

If you have questions about the registration process, please reach out to Ashley May.

Priority Registration*

Returning participants eligible for priority registration will be contacted by September 29th with additional information and registration access.

Priority registration will begin on September 29

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 October 2nd, 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 2020-2021 academic year.
  4. As you register for each session you will be provided a Moodle link 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 four 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 time frame allotted. However, please note that this option does not include priority registration to sessions 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. 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 Fithian in the spring.

Contact Information

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

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