Diversity and Inclusion Certificate

The Diversity and Inclusion Certificate creates an opportunity for faculty and staff to explore strategic areas around diversity and improve their ability to contribute to the enhancement of UGA’s welcoming and inclusive environment.

The certificate will also enable participants to get a closer look at the people, institutions and initiatives that play a key role in supporting and fostering diversity at UGA. This closer look will potentially provide faculty and staff with additional resources through which they can both build their diversity competencies and identify areas of diversity partnership across the institution.

The Diversity and Inclusion Certificate is a partnership between the Office of Institutional Diversity, Training and Career Development (Human Resources) and other diversity-related offices and programs across the institution.

Enrollment in the courses listed for the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate are open to all UGA faculty and staff. UGA employees may take courses in pursuit of the certificate or they may take individual courses based on their own interests. Quarterly registration can be completed at http://www.hr.uga.edu/training .

Successful completion of the certificate requires completion of one core course and five elective courses in the program. A variety of courses will be offered each term. OID and the HR Training and development center will maintain a transcript of completed courses and will inform individuals when they have completed the requirements for the certificate. All courses taken for the program are free.

Courses for the Certificate are offered quarterly through the HR Training Development Center. Course offerings are announced every January, April, July and October. Sessions are filled on a first come first serve basis.

A combination of at least one core course and five elective courses are offered every quarter. To receive the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate, the completion of one core course and five elective courses is required.

Core Courses

Diversity @ UGA: Beyond the Numbers: This course will offer a detail look at UGA’s diversity by going beyond the historical and demographic interpretations often associated with UGA’s Diversity. It will also highlight the numerous diversity initiatives that make up UGA’s diversity web. Finally, it will illustrate crucial roles that faculty and staff can play in enhancing the culture of inclusion at UGA

NCBI @ UGA: Building effective relationships across group identities: This course will allow participants to experience strategies in prejudice reduction and welcoming diversity based on the National Coalition Building Institute model. The course will be facilitated by representatives of UGA’S NCBI team.

Elective courses

Note: This is an example of the elective courses that could be offered. Actual electives will change depending on the quarter and the availability of instructor.

LGBT Perspectives: This course will be designed to offer new perspectives on faculty and staff interaction with UGA's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. It will offer tools for education, engagement, and deliberate dialogue in order to provide an affirming and inclusive environment for all LGBT students, faculty, and staff.

Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy: This course is sponsored by the UGA Equal Opportunity Office and will provide participants with an overview of UGA’s Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy, Ombudsperson Program and Affirmative Action Plan. The course will also provide a unique opportunity for faculty and staff to be aware of the daily implication of these policies to their work and address common misconceptions.

Engaging Your Personality Style to Embrace Diversity: Using True Colors, participants will be able to identify their “color spectrum” using four cards that represent key personality types and understand how these differences, if not understood, can become barriers to interpersonal communication. The course will also enable participants to learn how to integrate this understanding of personality styles with cultural knowledge to ensure a more harmonious professional and personal environment

Disability and Access Awareness: This course will provide participants an opportunity to enhance their disability-related awareness and learn about campus and community resources for students, faculty and staff with disabilities.

Effective Communications in Diverse Groups: The focus of this course is to provide skills and tools for effective communication in a diverse workplace such as UGA. The course will explore the process of communication, areas of misunderstanding in intercultural and intergroup communication and key variables for effective communication in diverse groups.

Available Forms

Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Announcement