Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program

Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program

The Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program (DICP) is designed to reinforce the University’s core values of diversity and inclusion through a series of six workshops open to all faculty and staff. The workshops address both individual behaviors and University policies that can impact an environment of opportunity and success for all members of the University community. Participants will leave these workshops with an increased awareness of the importance of diversity and inclusion to an environment of academic and workplace success, as well as tools and strategies for foster inclusion.

 

The Program requires completion of two required workshops and four elective workshops. All workshops required to earn the DICP certificate will be offered on a rotating basis each fall and spring through the Faculty and Staff Development Program (FSDP).  Participants can take these workshops in any order.  To complete the program, participants will be asked to participate in a capstone conversation session facilitated by a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Office. Click here to register for courses offered this semester.

 

Participants track their own progress using the Completion and Tracking Form and report completion of required courses to rzepecki@pitt.edu

 

The Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program consists of the following workshops:

Two Required Core Workshops:

  • Fostering a Diverse and Inclusive Environment: The WHY and HOW
  • Preventing Sexual Misconduct: Understanding Your Responsibility

 

Choose Four Elective Workshops:

  • Individuals with Disabilities: Creating an Accommodating and Inclusive Environment
  • Intercultural Competency: Beyond the Basics
  • Microaggression: Recognizing and Challenging a Subtle form of Bias
  • Veterans on Campus: Understanding Resources and Opportunity
  • Workplace Bullying: Understanding a Barrier to Equal Opportunity

 

DICP will continue to collaborate with our University partners to create new workshops to enhance our program.

 

CORE WORKSHOPS

Fostering a Diverse and Inclusive Environment: The WHY and HOW

Presenters: Office of Diversity and Inclusion

When we talk about Diversity and inclusion, diversity is the more familiar topic. The discussion must go beyond seeking and building a diverse workforce to include how we make those whom we work with feel both valued and included. Workshop participants will discuss the differences between diversity, inclusion, and exclusion. They will also leave this workshop with a heightened awareness of the importance of inclusion to a successful workplace and, how to promote inclusion in their workplace.

 

Preventing Sexual Misconduct: Understanding Your Responsibility

Presenters: Office of Diversity and Inclusion/Title IX Office

This workshop is designed to promote a common and consistent understanding and application of the University of Pittsburgh policies, standards, and processes with regard to Title IX. The workshop facilitator will address required timeliness that all potential responders must adhere to upon becoming aware of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, discrimination, and harassment.  Participants will leave this workshop with an enhanced awareness of the various forms of harassment, sexual misconduct and domestic violence as well as their responsibility to promote a culture of prevention and safety for all. 

 

 

ELECTIVE WORKSHOPS

Individuals with Disabilities: Creating an Accommodating and Inclusive Environment

Presenters: Disability Resources and Services

The University is committed to fostering an environment where individuals with disabilities can thrive academically and in the workplace. In this workshop, representatives from Disability Resources and Services (DRS) will provide an overview of the resources available to faculty and staff with disabilities as well as policies around the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA.) DRS will discuss their role in determining reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities and the process for accessing services for disabled faculty and staff.  This session will provide specific information of DRS processes, an overview of services and a general discussion of disabilities.

 

Intercultural Competency: Beyond the Basics

Presenters: Office of International Services

Working and providing services in a diverse environment requires a knowledge and understanding of cultural differences, values, and behaviors. This fun, yet informative, session will help participants gain understanding to enhance the quality of their interactions with international and diverse students, faculty, and staff at the University and elsewhere.

 

Microaggression: Recognizing and Challenging a Subtle form of Bias

Presenters: Office of Diversity and Inclusion

What are Microaggression's? How can they harm individual members of the University community? Participants in this workshop will gain a better understanding of this form of bias and the building blocks that contribute to Microaggression. The workshop instructor will facilitate exercises and discussions to help participants recognize Microaggression and learn strategies for addressing the subtle messages sent that can create a feeling of marginalization among community members.  

 

Veterans on Campus: Understanding Resources and Opportunity

Presenters: Office of Veterans Services

This workshop is designed to educate faculty and staff about the veteran and military-affiliated student body and the services available to them on campus. Facilitators will share common transition issues for veterans in higher education, nationwide trends, and military culture. Participants will learn about tools and resources available for building a veteran-friendly University environment.

 

Workplace Bullying: Understanding a Barrier to Equal Opportunity

Presenters: Office of Health Sciences Diversity and Office of Diversity and Inclusion                                

The workplace is a common site of interpersonal conflict. Some conflict is a natural outgrowth of interpersonal differences; other conflict is a result of repeated behavior meant to intimidate, degrade or offend others. Workplace bullying creates feelings of defenselessness and robs individuals of their right to respect and dignity at work. This workshop will define bullying behavior, its causes and effects, and resources available to those who have experienced it.