The program is designed to provide students with an understanding of the foundations of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the workplace. Students will strengthen their skills and learn strategies to create an inclusive work environment and culture.
Program Scope and Schedule
The DEIB Certificate is a 15-hour program comprised of five, three-hour modules offered live via Zoom. A digital badge will be awarded upon successful completion of the 15-hour program.
Spring 2024 Schedule
For Higher Education Professionals
Wed., January 3rd, 1-4 p.m.: virtual via Zoom
Thurs. January 4th, 1-4 p.m.: virtual via Zoom
Tues., January 9th, 1-4 p.m.: virtual via Zoom
Wed., January 10th, 1-4 p.m.: virtual via Zoom
Thurs. January 11th, 1-4 p.m.: virtual via Zoom
This cohort is designed specifically for an audience of professionals working in the higher education field.
Penn State University employees are eligible for a 25% discount. Contact [email protected] for details.
Spring 2024 Schedule
Wed., March 20th, 6-9 p.m.: virtual via Zoom
Wed., March 27th, 6-9 p.m.: virtual via Zoom
Wed., April 3rd, 6-9 p.m.: virtual via Zoom
Wed., April 10th, 6-9 p.m.: virtual via Zoom
Wed., April 17th, 6-9 p.m.: virtual via Zoom
Aneesah Smith, M.S.
Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Penn State Abington
Who should enroll?
This program is intended for those seeking to expand their knowledge about diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the workplace and apply the information to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment where all feel welcome.
Module 1: DEI Foundations: A Look Within
This introductory module will give participants a baseline of common terms, current trends and the role diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging plays in their lives personally.
Module 2: Building an Anti-Racist Workplace
According to Glassdoor's 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Study, 42% of employees in the U.S. have experienced or witnessed racism in the workplace. This session will help participants build the capacity to discuss racism by exploring anti-racism tools to address systemic change to combat racial injustice and inequality.
Module 3: Beyond Race: Understanding the ISMs
This module will help participants develop a basic understanding and critical consciousness about the many types of oppression known as -isms and -phobias.
Module 4: Culturally Competent Communication and Customer Service
By developing one's own cultural competence, productivity and efficiency may increase and in turn improve one's customer service skills. Communicating in a culturally competent way means finding a way to communicate effectively that also respects and accepts cultural differences.
Module 5: Allyship and Creating an Inclusive Workplace
Understanding your role as an ally means having a responsibility to use your knowledge, skills and position of privilege to drive tangible change. Employees feel more valued and engaged in an inclusive workplace. Higher engagement leads can boost productivity, increase profitability and reduce staff turnover.