The knowledge and skills necessary to navigate an increasingly diverse campus and interconnected world are substantial. The Diversity Certificate is designed to equip faculty and staff with a variety of tools and resources necessary to address the challenges and maximize the potential of a diverse campus through workshops, seminars and trainings.
The certificate program is a year-long, cohort-based certification that is approved for the One Step Incentive at FSCJ. Come learn and grow with us!
|FALL FOUNDATIONAL COURSES (mandatory for all cohort participants)|
BEAD Part 1
BEAD Part 2
Diversity in the Classroom
Sustaining Diverse Populations
|FALL ELECTIVE COURSES (must complete 3 between Fall & Spring course offerings)|
Understanding ADA and Disability Support Services
Diversity and Inclusion Through Cinema
Advocacy vs Ally-ship: What Works?
Implications of Mental Health and Marginalized Communities
|SPRING FOUNDATIONAL COURSES (mandatory for all cohort participants)|
BEAD Part 1 (make-up course)
BEAD Part 2 (make-up course)
Working with Diverse Populations Part I
Working with Diverse Populations Part II
Diversity in the Classroom (make-up course)
Sustaining Diverse Populations (make-up course)
|SPRING ELECTIVE COURSES (must complete 3 between Fall & Spring course offerings)|
Diversity and Social Media
Diversity in Higher Education
To successfully complete the program, the staff member must:
For those that did not complete the 5 diversity events, electives, or if they are missing 1 core class, we have an alternative:
Participants can make up to 3 missed courses by completing an online assignment. For each elective or diversity event that has been missed (up to 3), an assignment can be completed. For example, if you missed BEAD and needed to attend another diversity even, you will need to complete 2 assignments. If more than 1 core class was missed, participants will need to wait until next year to complete the certificate.
The following are the online assignments:
We all see the injustices plaguing communities every day, but have you ever felt helpless on how to help? This discussion will review the differences and similarities of advocacy and ally-ship and the various ways you can support communities. The goal of this workshop is to give participants a database of resources and ways to support underrepresented communities and to provide a foundational framework of advocacy and how to supply it to communities. The workshop will also define advocacy and ally-shop and how privilege also plays a role in supporting underrepresented communities.
Cultural Intelligence refers to one's ability to effectively interact with people with differing identities. This workshop will explore diversity. Participants will engage in activities that will encourage self-reflection, practical incorporation of best practices when working with diverse populations. Topics will include; identifying stereotypes, cultural identities and intersectionality. Lastly, with the emergence of additional recruitment efforts to international students best practices when working with international students.
Part II of B.E.A.D will further engage participants in a number of activities that will encourage dialogue, self-reflection and practical incorporation of best practices when working with diverse populations. Topics will include; identifying stereotypes, cultural identities and intersectionality.
As Higher Ed professionals, it is important that our interactions with students are grounded in current research and trends to promote best practices for our students. This session will explore current data, research, and articles to take a critical look at diversity and inclusion from a national standpoint and how we can apply those practices at FSCJ.
Diversity and Inclusion Through Cinema will explore diversity within film. Film has the ability to take the viewer on a journey to experience worlds and places unknown. For many, the experience of taking in a film is enjoyable. For some the experience depending on the subject matter can be transformational. Artistic expression allows one to see a life, a moment, an experience unfold from a different perspective. A comprehensive list of films has been generated which will allow the viewer to immerse themselves in cultural phenomena that will encourage self-reflection and awareness of diverse experiences.
In this interactive session, participants will have the opportunity to engage in personal stories about their own values, experiences, and biases and how those are impacted (or not) through the power of social media. We will discuss how social media perpetuates prejudice but also how social media can be used to combat prejudice. The goal of this workshop is to show participants how to use social media as an avenue of advocacy for marginalized communities through education and engagement. This workshop will also address the dangers of social media and analyze impact on stereotypical beliefs and prejudicial attitudes
Faculty are on the front-line working in direct contact with a diverse population of students. In the classroom setting faculty are charged with developing minds, meeting specific expectations set by the department/institution, balancing the demand of academic rigor and expectations of non-traditional students. Adding the additional element of identities and cultural intelligence in this environment can seem daunting. When looking at the demographics of our students- we are increasingly serving marginalized populations. How do we engage ALL students? How do we become effective allies and advocates without alienating students? This workshop focuses on the practical application of research-based techniques to best engage diverse populations within the classroom setting.
Mental Health is important but is not “one size fits all”. This session will explore how various communities deal with mental health and how we can assess the student’s individual needs and provide resources to assist students with coping mechanisms, motivation, etc. The goal of this workshop is to provide a holistic view to mental health and how it adversely affects various communities and its implications in the classroom and providing resources to the students.
A rudimentary definition for bias would be a preference of some sort. When working with diverse populations, it is important to know what bias we may hold and ways to work through these in order to effectively work with ALL students effectively. This course will explore bias and delve deeper to assist participants in identifying bias they hold that may not be known. Using a tool developed by Harvard students we will learn about implicit bias and practical ways to work with ALL students.
Pioneers Chester Pierce and D.W. Sue have studied the phenomena of microaggressions. Microaggressions is best described as casual derogatory statements that are made towards marginalized populations based on their identities – many times without intent to harm. This course will explore different kinds of microaggressions and the ways that we can support all students by becoming more self-aware and interrupting language or phrases that could be damaging to students.
This course is intended for faculty and staff who have an intermediate knowledge of Diversity and Working with Diverse Populations (must complete foundational coursework) and would like to learn more about advanced strategies to help further current efforts and improve the culture to better serve our diverse student population.
This course will provide a basic understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act in a postsecondary educational environment and how students can access Disability Support Services. This training will review the eligibility process, documentation requirements, services that are available to students and how they may impact you in the classroom, the grievance process and OSSD contacts by campus.
In the workplace a plethora of experiences, identities, belief systems work together to achieve a common goal for all. By learning how to effectively navigate working with diverse populations each individual can contribute to a culture of inclusion, effective communication, collaboration and partnership with intentionality, increase outcomes and improve overall productivity.
Part II of Working with Diverse Populations will further engage participants in how to effectively navigate working with diverse populations, strategies to promote a culture of inclusion, effective communication, collaboration and partnership with intentionality, increase outcomes and improve overall productivity.