DEI Certification

The IDEA Institute is a Comprehensive DEI Certification Program for members of the SHSU community. This two-part program (faculty/staff version and student version) offers a multifaceted approach to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training on the campus.

Faculty and staff can participate in the IDEA Institute with a self-paced learning style. To sign-up for a workshop, faculty and staff must register through Talent Management. The IDEA Institute is also available to students with a cohort learning style. The program is designed for participants to engage and learn through a cohort model with their SHSU peers.

Earn an Ally Certification

This certification track is designed to help you learn the foundations of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Upon completion, you will earn a certificate, DEI Shirt and an invitation to an recognizantion ceremony.

How to Sign Up

Faculty and staff can sign up by registering for each session through Talent Management. If you need any assistance, please contact the Office Equity & Title IX via email at inclusion@shsu.edu, or via phone at 936-294-3080.

Register as an Employee

Courses

To earn your certificate, you must complete the required courses listed below.

Foundations in Diversity & Inclusion

The first of the core course series is designed to create better understanding of the concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). This first workshop offers a foundation for defining diversity, equity and inclusion, along with the barriers and obstacles to meaningful DEI work.

Next Course Date(s)

February 8 at 10 – 11:30 a.m. in LSC 324

Unconscious Bias

This workshop will explore unconscious and everyday bias in higher education. The presentation focuses on ways to identify and address unconscious bias for improved professional relationships and communication.

Next Course Date(s)

February 22 at 10 – 11:30 a.m. in LSC 320

Equity vs Equality

In the final core workshop of the beginners track, participants will examine the distinct difference between equity and equality; discuss historical and ongoing inequities in higher education; and build skills for fostering equity.

Next Course Date(s)

March 4 at 2 – 3:30 p.m. in LSC 323

Developing & Implementing Inclusive Practices

The second workshop will examine the university environment, including space, programs and curriculum, to determine their impact on the university’s campus climate.

Next Course Date(s)

March 10 at 12 – 1:30 p.m. in LSC 324

How to Sign Up

Students interested in the certificate program must complete an application, undergo the review process, and be selected in order to participate. If you need any assistance, please contact the Office Equity & Title IX via email at inclusion@shsu.edu, or via phone at 936-294-3080.

Apply as a Student

Courses

To earn your certificate, you must complete the required courses listed below with your cohort.

Foundations in Diversity & Inclusion

The first of the core course series is designed to create better understanding of the concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). This first workshop offers a foundation for defining diversity, equity and inclusion, along with the barriers and obstacles to meaningful DEI work.

Next Course Date(s)

February 24 at 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Equity vs Equality

During this workshop, participants will examine the distinct difference between equity and equality; discuss historical and ongoing inequities in higher education; and build skills for fostering equity.

Next Course Date(s)

March 31 at 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Unconscious Bias

This workshop will explore unconscious and everyday bias in higher education. The presentation focuses on ways to identify and address unconscious bias for improved professional relationships and communication.

Next Course Date(s)

April 13 at 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Transitioning Words into Inclusive Actions

The final workshop will focus on ways to take DEI into action. Participants will learn how to implement inclusive practices into everyday activities in order to create a sense of belonging.

Next Course Date(s)

April 22 at 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Level up with an Advanced Certification

For more information regarding the DEI advance track offered by the College of Criminal Justice and the College of Education, please contact Nu’Nicka Epps at nepps@shsu.edu, or Dr. Benita Brooks at bxd019@shsu.edu.

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