First diversity certificate classes to begin Feb. 12

January 31, 2013 | UToday
By Samantha Watson

Starting Tuesday, Feb. 12, UT employees and students will have the chance to attend seminars designed to add to the culture of diversity at the University.

The free program is made up of six required and six optional seminars that discuss a topic on or related to diversity, some specifically dealing with UT. Those who wish to earn a diversity certificate must complete the six required seminars along with three of the optional seminars.

“The creation of the certificate is based out of demand since there is not a diversity certificate program like this in northwest Ohio,” said Dr. Shanda Gore, associate vice president for equity, diversity and community engagement. “I receive inquiries both on and off campus requesting more in-depth diversity trainings with a focus on specific areas like challenges or awareness building, accreditation fulfillment, and general questions on what it would take to become a diversity officer.”

Seminars will be held in Stranahan Hall and led by University employees who volunteer their time for the program. Seminars will include discussions on social psychology and diversity, compliance, supplier diversity and minority business, global citizenship and more.

“The classes are taught by experts in specific dimensions of diversity, and the required courses speak directly to UT policies that are in place,” Gore said.

While the program is aimed more toward employees, students are welcome to register and attend as well. To register, complete the form at and fax it to the Office of Quality and Continuous Learning at 419.530.6177.

For employees, registration forms must be signed by supervisors so they are aware that staff may require time off to take the classes.

Though the program is free, departments will be charged $150 if an employee is a no-show.

If there are any questions, contact Jeff Witt, program manager in the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement, at 419.530.8573.

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