Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program

The new Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program (DICP) is designed to reinforce the University’s core values of diversity and inclusion through a series of six introductory-level 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.

The Program requires completion of two required workshops, four elective workshops, and participation in a capstone conversation session facilitated by a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Office. 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. Participants are expected to 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

  • Different Like You: Recognizing Stereotypes and Removing Barriers
  • Understanding Harassment: How to Recognize and Respond
  • Individuals with Disabilities: Creating an Accommodating and Inclusive Environment
  • Baby Boomers to Millennials: Respect and Productivity in the Workplace
  • Intercultural Competency: Beyond the Basics
  • Allies Network Training
  • Veterans on Campus: Understanding Resources and Opportunity
  • Workplace Bullying: Understanding a Barrier to Equal Opportunity
  • Supporting Our GLBTQA Community

Allies Network Training: Improving Visibility and Support on Campus

Presenters:Intercultural Competency: Beyond the Basics
Date: Friday, November 11, 2016
Time: 1–4:00 p.m.
Location: 342 Craig Hall
Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

The Allies Network is designed to improve visibility and support to lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, allied, and asexual (LGBTQIA) members of the University community. This training program, hosted by the Office of Student Affairs includes information that will help participants increase their knowledge of and sensitivity to LGBTQIA issues.

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Baby Boomers to Millennials: Respect and Productivity in the Workplace

Presenter: Warren McCoy, Diversity Specialist
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: 342 Craig Hall
Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

For the first time, we have as many as five different generations working together in a single workplace – Traditionals, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation 9/11. This workshop presents methods for bridging the gap between generations and shows participants how to avoid conflict and increase productivity in their generationally diverse workplaces. Workshop participants will learn about generational differences, generational similarities, how generational traits impact the workplace, and how good communication skills can develop a more respectful workplace.

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Different Like You: Recognizing Stereotypes and Removing Barriers

Presenters: Warren McCoy, diversity specialist
Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: 342 Craig Hall

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

Workforce diversity in the 21st century focuses less on what group a person is identified with and more on the unique diversity of each person as an individual. This workshop is an overview intended to increase participants' awareness of diversity issues in the workplace as well as their acceptance and appreciation of the unique perspective and backgrounds of others. Participants will learn to identify and examine one’s own stereotypes and prejudices and how these may guide behaviors and responses. Learn how recognizing barriers to accepting diversity can help to remove them and create an environment for academic and workplace success. Participants will identify at least one way to promote respect and dignity for others.

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(NEW) Fostering Diversity and Inclusion Environment: The WHY and HOW

Presenters: Cheryl Ruffin, manager of affirmative action
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Warren McCoy, diversity specialist
Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: 342Craig Hall

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

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.

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Intercultural Competency: Beyond the Basics

Presenter: Office of International Services Staff
Date: Wednesday, December 7. 2016
Time: 9 a.m.–noon
Location: 342 Craig Hall
Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

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.

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Preventing Sexual Misconduct: Understanding Your Responsibility

Presenter: Kristy Rzepecki, Senior Title IX and Diversity Specialist
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Time: 9–11 a.m.
Location: 342 Craig Hall
Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

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.

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(NEW) Understanding Harassment: How to Recognize and Respond

Presenter: Katie Pope, Title IX Coordinator
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016
Time: 9–11 a.m.
Location: 342 Craig Hall
Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

Gain a better understanding of how harassment harms and interferes with the work environment. This session provides information on policy and prevention and gives real scenarios to help employees recognize and address incidents of harassment in the workplace.

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