Certificate Program

The Augsburg University Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program is designed to help faculty and staff continue to grow in their intercultural competence and to build the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to create more inclusive campus spaces inside and outside the classroom.

The Certificate Program Offers Participants:

  1. the opportunity to further develop skills necessary for diversity and inclusion work;
  2. access to cross-culturally valid assessment tools;
  3. direct experience effectively communicating across cultural differences; and
  4. a better understanding of institutionally-based bias and microaggressions faced by marginalized communities.
Register for the Certificate Program

Completion Requirements

In order to complete the Certificate Program and receive the certificate, participants must complete 18 credits of specified inclusion-based training. The 18 credits of training consist of the following 7 requirements:

1. Complete Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Process, 4.5 Credits

  • Sign-Up for the Next IDI Cohort
  • Complete the online Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)
  • Attend an IDI Group Profile Session
  • Attend an IDI Individual Feedback Session

2. Attend Intercultural Communication and Conflict Styles Workshop, 3 Credits

3. Attend Working Towards Inclusive Spaces Workshop, 2 Credits

4. Attend Ally Training I, 3 Credits

5. Attend Disability as Diversity: Building Bridges To Full Inclusion Workshop, 2 Credits

6. Attend All About Bias Workshop, 1.5 Credits

7. Attend From Microinequities to Inclusion Workshop, 2 Credits

**Scroll down to view workshop descriptions and to register.**


Notes

  • Certificate Program participants will receive their certificate at the end of the academic year in which their program was completed.
  • Certificate Program completion generally takes two or less academic years.
  • Certificates will be presented by the President and the Chief Inclusion Officer to all staff participants who complete the Certificate Program at the end of each academic year during the Annual Staff Appreciation Awards.
  • Certificates will be presented by the President and the Chief Inclusion Officer to all faculty participants who complete the Certificate Program at the end of each academic year during the Annual Faculty Recognition Luncheon.
  • All Certificate Program Recipients will be honored at the Annual May Creating an Inclusive Campus Conference.
  • All Certificate Program Recipients will have their names added to the Certificate Recipients tab on the Equity and Inclusion Initiatives Website.

Maintaining Good Standing

After receiving a Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program Certificate, individuals will have their names and the year they completed the Certificate listed on the Equity and Inclusion Initiatives Website. In order for individuals to maintain their good standing with the Certificate Program, they must attend no fewer than 3 diversity, equity and/or inclusion-based events (i.e. workshops, trainings, discussions, panels, etc.) every following academic year during their time at Augsburg University. After completing an event, individuals should email the event name, date, time, and location to inclusion@augsburg.edu so that the event can be recorded.

Need more options to help maintain your Good Standing? Try an Online Diversity and Inclusion Workshop, click HERE to register!

Obtaining Advanced Standing

Faculty and staff who have completed the Certificate Program may also work towards an Advanced Standing designation. In order to achieve Advanced Standing, faculty and staff must complete 6 diversity, equity and/or inclusion-based events (i.e. workshops, trainings, discussions, panels, etc.), each lasting at least 1 hour, within 1 academic year. Any event listed on the Equity and Inclusion Initiatives Event Calendar that is not a part of the Certificate Program can count towards the Advanced Standing designation along with any off-campus events. To receive credit for event attendance to be applied towards the Advanced Standing designation, email the event name, date, time, and location to inclusion@augsburg.edu so the event can be recorded.

Need more options to help you obtain Advanced Standing? Try an Online Diversity and Inclusion Workshop, click HERE to register!

Maintaining Advanced Standing

After receiving the Advanced Standing designation in the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program, individuals must attend no fewer than 6 diversity, equity and/or inclusion-based events (i.e. workshops, trainings, discussions, panels, etc.) every following academic year during their time at Augsburg University in order to maintain their good standing with the Certificate Program. After completing an event, individuals should email the event name, date, time, and location to inclusion@augsburg.edu so that the event can be recorded.

Need more options to help maintain your Advanced Standing? Try an Online Diversity and Inclusion Workshop, click HERE to register!


Workshop Descriptions

Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Process

The Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®) Process includes:
1) Completing the Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®), a 50-item online questionnaire that can be completed in about 20 minutes;
2) Attending an IDI Group Profile Session (approximately 3 hours) led by an IDI Qualified Administrator;
3) Participating in an Individual Feedback Session (approximately 1 hour) with an IDI Qualified Administrator; and
4) Working on an IDI Individual Development Plan.

The IDI assesses intercultural competence: the capability to shift cultural perspective and appropriately adapt behavior to cultural differences and commonalities. The IDI will assess an individual’s intercultural competence using the Intercultural Development Continuum (IDC). The IDC describes the knowledge/attitude/skill sets (i.e. orientations) toward cultural difference and commonality that are arrayed along a continuum from the more monocultural mindsets of Denial and Polarization through the transitional orientation of Minimization to the intercultural or global mindsets of Acceptance and Adaptation. This continuum is adapted by Mitch Hammer from the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS) originally proposed by Milton Bennett and is considered the premier metric in the field intercultural competency. For more information about the IDI Process, email inclusion@augsburg.edu.

Note: Augsburg University uses the Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®) Guided Development as our preferred guiding framework in our diversity, equity, and inclusion work. 

Learn more about the IDI or Sign-Up for the Next IDI Cohort

Intercultural Communication and Conflict Styles

This workshop makes use of the Intercultural Conflict Style (ICS) Inventory, which describes an individual’s preferred approach or style for resolving conflict by reflecting the individual’s culturally learned patterns for dealing with disagreements and expressing emotions. Additionally, this workshop will not only teach individuals about their own preferred approach and style, but also about the preferred approaches and styles of others. Finally, this workshop will give participants tangible skills that can be used when navigating communication and conflict across cultural differences. The increased understanding of intercultural communication and conflict styles and tangible skills participants will receive from this workshop can both enhance their overall intercultural competence, increase their effectiveness when working to resolve disagreements across cultures, and help them to create more inclusive campus spaces at Augsburg.

For more information about this workshop, email inclusion@augsburg.edu.

Register for the Intercultural Communication and Conflict Styles Workshop

Working Towards Inclusive Spaces

This workshop will highlight four common ideologies, misunderstandings, and behaviors that many well-meaning individuals frequently subscribe to that inadvertently sabotage their best attempts to create and maintain welcoming and inclusive spaces at Augsburg. Additionally, this workshop will provide participants with historical, current, and relevant examples connected to these ideologies, misunderstandings, and behaviors. Finally, this workshop will also allow participants to engage in small group activities and discussions and large group share-outs all related to Augsburg-specific spaces.

For more information about this workshop, email inclusion@augsburg.edu.

Register for the Working Towards Inclusive Spaces Workshop

Ally Training I

This workshop provides participants with the tools, skills, knowledge, and resources to be intentionally supportive to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) communities. Additionally, this workshop will cover definitions and terminology, tackle current issues and challenges facing LGBTQIA+ students, and practice skill-building scenarios. Finally, this workshop will help faculty and staff to develop and grow their inclusive understandings of gender and sexuality while creating and maintaining Augsburg spaces that affirm the wholeness of identities. Please Note: Those who attend Ally Training I will receive an ally placard that they may place on a visible surface near their Augsburg work area.

For information about this workshop, please contact Maxwell Poessnecker at poessnec@augsburg.edu.

Register for Ally Training I

For information about LGBTQIA+ Student Services, click HERE.

Disability as Diversity: Building Bridges To Full Inclusion

This interactive workshop allows participants will explore the concept of ableism and other various models of disability. Additionally, participants will examine disability through the lens of diversity and identify underlying sources of prejudice and discrimination commonly experienced by people with disabilities. Finally, this workshop will share tips and resources for creating spaces at Augsburg and beyond that welcome and include people of all abilities.

For more information about this workshop, contact Kathy McGillivray at mcgillik@augsburg.edu.

Register for the Disability as Diversity: Building Bridges to Full Inclusion Workshop

For information about CLASS/Disability Resources, click HERE.

For information about Accessibility at Augsburg University, click HERE.

All About Bias

This workshop has a hybrid, e-learning group format that provides participants with an introduction to understanding and responding to unconscious bias during workplace interactions and in workplace settings. Relevant to faculty and staff of all levels, participation in this workshop can positively impact all aspects of Augsburg University. Additionally, this workshop explores the hidden and pervasive nature of unconscious bias. More specifically, it examines how unconscious bias works in the human brain, how it impacts decisions, and how individuals can respond when they encounter it in themselves and others.

For more information about this workshop, email Hana Dinku at dinku@augsburg.edu.

Register for the All About Bias Workshop

From Microinequities to Inclusion

This workshop has a hybrid, e-learning group format that provides participants with an introduction to understanding and responding to microinequities during workplace interactions and in workplace settings. Relevant to faculty and staff of all levels, participation in this workshop can positively impact all interactions and spaces at Augsburg University. Additionally, this workshop allows participants to explore microinequities across cultures as well as through social identities related to gender, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, ability, age, etc. Finally, this workshop shares tips and examples for learning how to identify, minimize, and respond to microinequities in specific scenarios.

For more information about this workshop, email inclusion@augsburg.edu.

Register for the From Microinequalities to Inclusion Workshop

 


Online Workshop Descriptions

Accommodating Disabilities (30 Min)

This online workshop provides the fundamentals of disability discrimination law and best practices for employees at Augsburg University.

Register for the Accommodating Disabilities Online Workshop

Diversity: Inclusion in the Modern Workplace (45 Min)

This online workshop examines identity, power, privilege and communication strategies to promote inclusivity and respect at Augsburg University.

Register for the Diversity: Inclusion in the Modern Workplace Online Workshop

Managing Bias (20 Min)

This online workshop explores how to identify and reduce the negative effects of bias at Augsburg University.

Register for the Managing Bias Online Workshop

To view and/or register for the Certificate Program Workshops visit the Equity and Inclusion Initiatives Events Calendar by clicking HERE.