FSDP: 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 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
  • Cross-Cultural Awareness and Understanding
  • Allies Network Training
  • Veterans on Campus: Understanding Resources and Opportunity
  • Workplace Bullying: Understanding a Barrier to Equal Opportunity
  • Microaggression: Recognizing and Challenging a Subtle Form of Bias

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: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: 342 Craig 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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(NEW) Individuals with Disabilities: Creating an Accommodating and Inclusive Environment

Presenter: Disability Resources and Services
Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Time: 9 a.m.–11 a.m.
Location: 342 Craig Hall
Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

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 faculty and staff with disabilities. This session will provide specific information of DRS processes, an overview of services and a general discussion of disabilities.

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Intercultural Competency: Beyond the Basics

Presenter:Office of International Services Staff
Date: Friday, May 5, 2017
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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(NEW) Microaggression: Recognizing and Challenging a Subtle Form of Bias

Presenter:Warren McCoy, Diversity Specialist
Date:Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Time: 9 -11 a.m.
Location: 342 Craig Hall
Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

What are microaggressions? 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.

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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: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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) Veterans on Campus: Understanding Resources and Opportunity

Presenter: Office of Veterans Services
Date 1: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Location: 342 Craig Hall
Date 2: Thursday, March 30, 2017
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Location: Dining Room B, William Pitt Union
Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

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.

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Workplace Bullying: Understanding a Barrier to Equal Opportunity

Presenter: Paula K. Davis, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Office of Health Sciences Diversity
Cheryl Ruffin, Manager of Affirmative Action, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Time: 9 – 11:00 a.m.
Location: 342 Craig Hall
Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

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.

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