Equity & Diversity Certificate Program

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Equity and Diversity Certificate Program

The Equity and Diversity Certificate is a program developed by the University of Minnesota System’s Office of Equity and Diversity.  This ally model series of workshops helps participants develop tools necessary for advancing equity and diversity in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. It’s free of charge and open to all faculty and staff on all campuses of the University of Minnesota.

UMD has spent the last three years building internal capacity to offer this certificate. Thanks to those efforts (supported by all VC units and the Chancellor's Office) we are able to offer all 10 workshops in the Basic Certificate on the UMD Campus.

Details and Workshop Descriptions  

Frequently Asked Questions

Fall 2017 Offerings:

OED Certificate Workshop: LGBTQIA Identities and Communities (#10)
Thursday, September 28th, 2017, from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm, at Griggs Center (KSC 202)
In discussions of “diversity,” not everyone recognizes that gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation are important points of cultural difference that merit recognition and voice. Members of the University who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer often face isolation, silence, and invisibility. This workshop is an opportunity for participants to learn about LGBTQIA identities and communities, and to identify strategies they can employ to create a more open and welcoming campus climate.  

OED Certificate Workshop: Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Making the Case for Women's Equity (#8)
Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017, from 9:00 am-12:00 pm, at Garden Room 
The media makes it sound like women have reached equality. What's the truth? And how do you make the case quickly, i.e., in the time it takes for an elevator ride? In this interactive workshop, increase your knowledge of women’s status today, share ideas for breaking the ceiling, and practice making a one-minute case explaining how achieving women’s equity benefits everyone.
OED Certificate Workshop: Leadership in the Context of Equity and Diversity (#2) 
Thursday, November 30th, 2017, from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm, at Griggs Center (KSC 202) 
This workshop explores leadership in both traditional and non-traditional contexts, as well as both personally and institutionally. We ask: how can I leverage what formal and informal power I have to move equity and diversity work forward - in my workplace and in other parts of my life? What do I need to be a leader, and what will it mean to see myself as a leader on these issues? What will it take for my unit/department/college/university to be seen as a leader on issues of equity and diversity?
To register: 
  • Please visit this page to access ULearn.
  • Scroll down slightly to find “Accessing Ulearn” and click on “Sign in to Ulearn” using your X.500.  
  • Once signed in to ULearn, locate the search box at the top right corner of the ULearn home page. Please type or paste in OED Certificate Workshop name and search. 
  • From the list of search results, click on the workshops you are interested in. 
  • View the list of sessions offered and click on the session you'd like to attend. Please make sure to request the sessions that are offered at UMD.