Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging in the Workplace Certificate

Program Overview

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 modules offered live via Zoom. A digital badge will be awarded upon successful completion of the 15-hour program.

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Fall 2024 Schedule

Dates: September 25–October 23
TIme: Wednesday evenings: 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Registration fee: $595.00

Instructor: 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 Overview

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.

Jamie Merida
Education Program Specialist
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