Diversity certificates available for professional training; register by Sept. 18

September 15, 2014 | UToday
By Leisha Lininger

A direct result of responses on the Campus Culture Climate Survey, the Culture Building Institute and the Diversity Certificate Program became a reality in 2013.

Now entering its fourth cohort and with 49 graduates, the program boasts a comprehensive series of workshops on topics ranging from poverty to body image to gender identity.

Open to UT employees, the Diversity Certificate Program has about 10 seats open for fall.

Participants must complete six required sessions and at least five optional sessions to earn the certificate.

Kicking off with Building a Culture of Diversity Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in Rocket Hall Room 1530, this seminar will focus on discussing the impact and implications of social interaction of varied cultures.

The certificate program will continue with seminars hosted mostly on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, with some Friday sessions.

New programs include the experiential seminar Socioeconomics, Bridges Out of Poverty, Friday, Dec. 12, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in Rocket Hall Room 1530.

The experiential learning sessions vary each semester. Sessions for this fall include a lecture by model, journalist and activist Yomi Abiola Thursday, Oct. 30, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Doermann Theater and a free daylong trip to the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Mich., Friday, Nov. 14, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with transportation provided.

Focused on building a culture of diversity, the Culture Building Institute program provides training tailored to the University.

“Each session focuses on a specific dimension of diversity, but all sessions are from a University of Toledo perspective,” said Jeff Witt, program manager of equity, diversity and community engagement. “Sessions are geared to any UT employee who provides service to or interacts with students, patients, families or other UT employees. Graduate assistants are also invited to participate.”

“The certificate is unique to UT and is a wonderful opportunity to learn and engage on campus,” said Dr. Shanda Gore, chief diversity officer and associate vice president for equity, diversity and community engagement.

With about 45 hours of training required to complete the certificate, participants can elect to finish it in one semester or take it over two semesters. To learn more, visit utoledo.edu/diversity/training/index.html.

The deadline to register for the fall Diversity Certificate Program is Thursday, Sept. 18, but participants may register for individual sessions at any time. Seating is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

The Culture Building Institute Diversity Certificate Program also will be offered in spring semester.

For more information, contact Witt at 419.530.8573 or jeffery.witt@utoledo.edu.
For questions regarding registration, contact Eva Curtis at 419.530.2036 or eva.curtis@utoledo.edu.

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