FSDP: Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program

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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.

Watch this video for a brief overview of the DICP series!

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 are expected to track their own progress and report completion of required courses to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion using the following online DICP Completion Form.

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:

  • Baby Boomers to Millennials: Respect and Productivity in the Workplace
  • Different Like You: Recognizing Stereotypes and Removing Barriers
  • Gender Theory, Gender Diversity, and Trans-Inclusive Spaces
  • Identity, Power, and Privilege
  • Individuals with Disabilities: Creating an Accommodating and Inclusive Environment
  • Intercultural Competency
  • Microaggression: Recognizing and Challenging a Subtle Form of Bias
  • Religion Diversity: Challenging Assumptions to Advance Inclusion
  • Supporting Trans and Non-binary Community Members
  • Understanding Harassment: How to Recognize and Respond
  • Veterans on Campus: Understanding Resources and Opportunity
  • Workplace Bullying: Understanding a Barrier to Equal Opportunity

(Virtual) Baby Boomers to Millennials: Respect and Productivity in the Workplace

Presenter: Warren McCoy, Institutional Equity Specialist
   Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Time: 9–11:00 a.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented remotely using Zoom. Specific login information will be sent to registrants via email two days before the above date - please use the registration link below.

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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(Virtual) Different Like You: Recognizing Stereotypes and Removing Barriers

Presenter: Warren McCoy, Institutional Equity Specialist
   Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Time: 9–11:00 a.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented remotely using Zoom. Specific login information will be sent to registrants via email two days before the above date - please use the registration link below.

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 perspectives of each 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 perspectives and backgrounds of others. Participants will learn to identify and examine one’s own stereotypes and prejudices and how these may influence 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 ways to promote respect and dignity for others.

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(Virtual) Fostering a Diverse and Inclusive Environment: The Why and How

Presenters: Cheryl Ruffin, Institutional Equity Manager
Warren McCoy, Institutional Equity Specialist
   Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Date 1: Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Date 2: Thursday, June 4, 2020
Date 3: Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Time: 9–11:00 a.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented remotely using Zoom. Specific login information will be sent to registrants via email two days before the above date - please use the link below to register.

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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(Cancelled) Identity, Power, and Privilege

Presenter: Mario C. Browne, Director
   Office of Health Sciences Diversity & Inclusion

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Time: 9–11:00 a.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented remotely using an online platform. Specific login information will be sent to registrants via email two days before the above date - please use the link below to register.

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

This workshop is designed to provide a safe space for participants to begin a conversation about identity, power, and privilege in ways they may not have before. The workshop facilitators will guide the conversation around social identities, dominance and oppression in society, and the definition of key terms. Activities will provide insights in how identity, power, and privilege play out in individual lives.

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(Cancelled) Individuals with Disabilities: Creating an Accommodating and Inclusive Environment

Presenters: Leigh Culley, Director
Noreen Mazzocca, Disability Specialist
   Disability Resources and Services

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Time: 9–11:00 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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(Virtual) Intercultural Competency

Presenters: Delo Blough, Director
Katherine Von Lehman, Associate Director of Outreach and Assessment
   Office of International Services

Date 1: Friday, April 17, 2020 – CANCELLED
Date 2: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 – VIRTUAL
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform. Specific login information will be sent to registrants via email two days before the above date - please use the registration link below.

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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(Virtual) Microaggression: Recognizing and Challenging a Subtle Form of Bias

Presenter: Warren McCoy, Institutional Equity Specialist
   Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Date 1: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Date 2: Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Time: 9–11:00 a.m.
Location: Virtual – These workshops will be presented remotely using Zoom. Specific login information will be sent to registrants via email two days before the above dates - please use the registration link below.

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
Carrie Benson, Prevention and Education Coordinator
   Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Date 1: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 – VIRTUAL
Date 2: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 – CANCELLED
Time: 1–3:00 p.m.

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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(Virtual) (New) Supporting Trans and Non-Binary Community Members

Presenter: Carrie Benson, Prevention and Education Coordinator
   Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Time: 9–10:15 a.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented remotely using Microsoft Teams. Specific login information will be sent to registrants via email two days before the above date - please use the link below to register.

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

This session will provide participants with the opportunity to practice inclusive language, discuss societal barriers to inclusion and gain tools that can be used in their own department. Facilitators will provide basic information and terminology during the first part of the session. Next, participants will discuss a relevant scenario. The session will end with an overview and discussion of resources and tools that can be used to create more inclusive spaces. 

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(Virtual) Veterans on Campus: Understanding Resources and Opportunity

Presenters: Aryanna Berringer, Director
Brett Foley, Program Coordinator
   Office of Veterans Services

Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Time: 9–11:00 a.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented remotely using Microsoft Teams. Specific login information will be sent to registrants via email two days before the above date - please use the registration link below.

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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(Virtual) Workplace Bullying: Understanding a Barrier to Equal Opportunity

Presenters: Paula K. Davis, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity
   Office of Health Sciences Diversity
Cheryl Ruffin, Institutional Equity Manager
   Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Time: 9–10:00 a.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform. Specific login information will be sent to registrants via email two days before the above date - please use the registration link below.

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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