Chancellor’s Certificate in Workplace Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

  • Date: Jan. 31, 2022 - May 27, 2022
  • Format: online
    $450.00
The Chancellor's Certificate in Workplace Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) is a highly interactive, fully online professional development program that explores the concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion with a focus on the workplace. Participation in this program will help prepare individuals to:
  • be advocates and leaders around diversity and inclusion issues
  • work more effectively with people from different backgrounds
  • make workplaces more welcoming and inclusive for everyone!
Upon completion of all the program requirements, participants will receive a Chancellor’s Certificate. This credential will be of value in any job sector including business, education, public service, healthcare, etc.

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Chancellor’s Certificate in Workplace Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Open to all professionals in Saint Louis and Saint Louis County.  Future cohorts may open for professionals state-wide. 

Description:

The Chancellor’s Certificate in Workplace Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) is a highly interactive, fully online professional development program that explores the concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion with a focus on the workplace. Participation in this program will help prepare individuals to:

          • be advocates and leaders around diversity and inclusion issues
          • work more effectively with people from different backgrounds
          • make workplaces more welcoming and inclusive for everyone!

The curriculum consists of three units (see more info below). For each of the completed units, participants will earn a digital credential that can be shared on social media profiles, email signatures and more.

Upon completion of all the program requirements, participants will receive a Chancellor’s Certificate. This credential will be of value in any job sector including business, education, public service, healthcare, etc. 

Successful completion of the program entails:

1. Participation in a 9-module online course involving watching short videos, doing activities, and participating in asynchronous discussion forums. Optional reading and additional resources offered.

2. Three application assignments:

Unit One: Apply concepts from the first three modules to write a diversity statement for a course syllabus, a company/organization, or for a job application. 

Unit Two: After completing the three modules in this unit, it is important that participants reflect on and discuss how these concepts show up in our workplaces and what we can do about them.  Participants are encouraged to attend a Zoom discussion, but have the option to do a written reflection as well.

Final Project: For this culminating final project, participants will apply all that they have learned in the course to do an evaluation of existing DEI efforts and develop proposal for improvements of a specific company/organization, either where they currently work or where they would like to work in the future. 

Course Introduction and Orientation 

      • February 4 from 12-1:00 (via Zoom)  
      • Meet & greet your facilitator and other course-takers
      • Get familiar with the course layout and expectations
      • Gain strategies for successful course completion
      • Q & A

Course Overview

Unit One – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Foundations                   January 31-February 18, 2022

Module 1:  Creating a Learning Community

This module sets the tone and expectations for participation in a peer-learning environment, as well as gives participants a safe and fun way to start to get to know one another.

Module 2: Overview of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)  

This module takes a novel approach to introducing the concept of diversity by exploring the myriad of meanings that the word invokes in organizational contexts.

To help participants move beyond the idea that diversity is simply about “doing the right thing” in regard to people who are “different,” this module provides a holistic, multi-level framework for understanding the importance of diversity in organizations, society, and our daily lives.

Module 3: Diversity and Identities

This module also helps raise participants’ awareness about how they define and view their own identities and how that in turn influences how they relate to others.

Unit Two – Understanding and Overcoming Obstacles to Inclusion           February 28-March 18, 2022

Module 4: Thinking Fast and Slow:  Introduction to Unconscious bias

This module provides a research-based and accessible overview of unconscious bias—something all of us have—and some ways to mitigate its influence on our decision-making processes.

Module 5: The Little Things We Say: Introduction to Microaggressions

This module takes a nuanced and balanced approach to introducing this somewhat controversial concept and its potentially harmful effects.

Module 6:  Margins and Mainstreams: Introduction to Privilege

This module presents an intersectional approach to the concept of privilege, one that focuses on race, gender, social class, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical ability, and religion. This approach allows all participants to explore those aspects of their personal identity that afford or deny them unseen and unearned privileges.

Unit Three –  Building and Fostering Cultures of Inclusion                            April 4- April 22, 2022

Module 7: What’s culture got to do with it? Introduction to Cultural Competence

Cultural competence is the ability to understand, communicate, and work with people from different cultural backgrounds.  This module provides a framework for developing cultural competence as well as tools to better understand one’s own cultural background and that of others.  

Module 8: Building Blocks for Inclusion & Action Planning 

The content in this module provides a framework and resources for building a culture of inclusion through our individual actions: inclusive attitudes, inclusive practices, and inclusive language. The culmination of this module is a personal action plan for implementing inclusive practices.

Module 9: DEI in the Workplace Strategies & Issues

In this module, participants will explore why some DEI initiatives fail, as well as learn about strategies have been effective in different types of industries.

Course Instructor

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Marlo Goldstein Hode, PhD
Senior Manager, Strategic Diversity Initiatives
University of Missouri St. Louis, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
[email protected]

 

 

 

 

Marlo (aka Dr. Hode) provides professional development, facilitation, leadership, and guidance to help make UMSL an even more welcoming, inclusive, and excellent institution.  She facilitates in-person and online educational opportunities for faculty and staff in topics such as unconscious bias, constructive communication, and cultural competence. She also helps develop and launch strategic initiatives and partnerships across campus to work collaboratively towards achieving UMSL’s Inclusive Excellence goals. Marlo holds a courtesy and adjunct faculty position in the Department of Communication at the University of Missouri - Columbia. As a scholar, she has several publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters on various topics including sexual harassment, neurodiversity, racial issues on campus, and the effectiveness of online professional development courses. She also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.

Marlo received her BA in Communication from North Carolina State University, an MA in Intercultural Communication from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, an LLM in Dispute Resolution from the University of Missouri School of Law, and a PhD in Organizational Communication with a minor in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri.