Continuing the tradition of the Equal Opportunity Institute, the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity now provides the Inclusive Excellence Certificate (IEC).
In this thoughtful and empowering program, participants examine several aspects of diversity and inclusion and skills that will increase their effectiveness in creating workplaces and classrooms that exhibit inclusive excellence.
Inclusive Excellence Certificate (formerly EOI)
To earn the IEC, participants must attend four workshops within the academic year. Three of the workshops are required:
Unconscious bias acts below awareness and can influence our decision-making. This course introduces the basics of unconscious, or implicit, bias and reviews different types of unconscious bias. Participants engage in group activities and small group discussion while they learn how implicit bias influences their decisions at the university. Finally, participants learn scientifically sound strategies to combat bias in their own lives. The course is open to any and all participants — previous understanding not required.
This course provides participants with a fundamental understanding of equal opportunity and affirmative action laws and policies. The session outlines relevant laws, such as Title VII, Title IX and the ADA, including the groups protected by each, and touches on corresponding institutional policies. Participants learn how to identify discrimination, harassment and retaliation, see examples of how prohibited conduct may appear in a professional or academic environment and review relevant case law on these topics. This course also includes a brief explanation of how affirmative action works in both employment and academic contexts.
Microaggressions are “brief, everyday exchanges that send denigrating messages to certain individuals because of their group membership” (Sue, 2011). This course provides participants with an understanding of the impact of microaggressions both on the individual and within the environment. Though often unintended and brief, microaggressions left unaddressed may cause harm, specifically to marginalized groups.
The fourth workshop is chosen by the participant from an approved list of diversity, equity and inclusion topics. Below is a list of currently approved workshops, with others to come:
- Green Zone Training
- Applied Skills in Equal Opportunity
- Exploring Oppression
- Foundation of Global Success: Working Effectively Across Cultures
- Trans 101
- Introduction to BIRT
- Interpersonal Violence (IPV) on a College Campus
- Supporting Student Survivors of Interpersonal Violence (IPV)
- Creating a Trauma-Informed Practice
Another facet of the program is optional debrief sessions. These monthly lunchtime sessions provide a space for IEC participants to further unpack and discuss the topics they have learned and examined.
This outstanding professional development opportunity is offered FREE OF CHARGE to NC State University faculty, staff and graduate students.