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.

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 Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. 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 for Equity, 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 Workplace
  • Preventing Sexual Misconduct: Understanding Your Responsibility

Choose four elective workshops:

  • Baby Boomers to Millennials: Respect and Productivity in the Workplace
  • Creating Equal Access: Getting Started with Digital Accessibility
  • 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
  • Fostering Inclusive Environments: Gender Diversity in Higher Education
  • Understanding Harassment: How to Recognize and Respond
  • Veterans on Campus: Understanding Resources and Opportunity
  • Workplace Bullying: Understanding a Barrier to Equal Opportunity

Baby Boomers to Millennials: Respect and Productivity in the Workplace

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

Date 1: Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Date 2: Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Time: 10:00 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 link below to register.

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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Creating Equal Access: Getting Started with Digital Accessibility

Presenter: Angie Bedford-Jack, Director of Digital Equity and Special Projects
   Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Date 1: Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Date 2: Friday, June 3, 2022 at 10:00 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 link below to register.

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

Digital accessibility is a new topic and can be intimidating. We want all members of the Pitt community to be able to freely, independently, and easily access resources and materials, but we don’t always know how to make that a reality. In this workshop we will explore fundamental principles of accessibility and how they impact people with disabilities as well as how to create more accessible content in Microsoft Office products (Word and PowerPoint). Participants will learn easy, practical skills that they can begin implementing immediately.

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Different Like You: Recognizing Stereotypes and Removing Barriers

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

Date 1: Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Date 2: Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 10:00 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 link below to register.

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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Fostering a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace

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

Date 1: Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 1–3:00 p.m.
Date 2: Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Date 3: Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at 10:00 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 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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Gender Theory, Gender Diversity, and Trans-Inclusive Spaces

Presenter: Julie Beaulieu, Lecturer
   Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Study Program
   University of Pittsburgh

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2022
Time: 10:00 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 link below to register.

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

This course introduces participants to a brief history of gender theory with a focus on trans topics and trans theories as they relate to education and leadership. The facilitator will discuss trans contributions to our shifting understandings of sex, gender, identity, and the body as well as the history of trans identity in the U.S. and best practices for creating trans inclusive spaces. Participants will learn about the language, and other critical skills to respond thoughtfully in our ever-changing gender landscape. All are welcome.

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Identity, Power, and Privilege

Presenter: Mario Browne
   Associate Dean for Equity, Engagement, and Justice
   School of Pharmacy

Date: Thursday, April 28, 2022
Time: 1–3:00 p.m.
Location: 342 Craig Hall (in-person workshop)

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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Individuals with Disabilities: Creating an Accommodating and Inclusive Environment

Presenter: Lyron Graves, Employee Accommodation Coordinator
   Disability Resources and Services

Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Time: 10:00 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 link below to register.

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

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

Date 1: Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 1–3:00 p.m.
Date 2: Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 1–3:00 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 link below to register.

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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Microaggression: Recognizing and Challenging a Subtle Form of Bias

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

Date 1: Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Date 2: Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 1–3:00 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 link below to register.

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: Carrie Benson, Prevention and Education Coordinator
   Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Date 1: Tuesday, April 26, 2022 
Date 2: Tuesday, May 24, 2022 
Time: 1–3:00 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 link below to register.

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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Veterans on Campus: Understanding Resources and Opportunity

Presenter: Aryanna Berringer, Director
   Office of Veterans Services

Date: Thursday, May 17, 2022
Time: 1–3:00 p.m.
Location: 342 Craig Hall (in-person workshop)

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

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

Date: Thursday, June 9, 2022
Time: 1–3:00 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 link below to register.

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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