Faculty Urged to Complete Cultural Competence Training by May

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The Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity launched its Increasing Cultural Competence Initiative last fall after several years of planning and evaluation.

To date, over two hundred faculty members have registered for the DiversityEdu online training and remain in progress at various points within the self-paced module, which only takes about 90 minutes to complete. Faculty have until the end of the academic year to complete this training or risk losing their “seat” in the course when the training licenses expire.

A small but growing number of faculty members have already completed the module and even gone on to earn the Foundations of Cultural Competence and Inclusivity Certificate, which includes the strongly recommended DiversityEdu online training and two additional optional course modules.

Cultural Competence Training Modules

The following modules comprise NC State’s Cultural Competence training offerings. All faculty should take the DiversityEdu online training.

DiversityEdu for Faculty: Personal Skills for a Diverse Campus is an online training course designed for faculty that focuses on engaging with diversity and growing inclusive culture and provides information and skills for building inclusive environments. (No cost to participants, two hours.)

The CQ Cultural Intelligence Assessment session is an introduction to the cultural intelligence model using the CQ instrument with an emphasis on communication across cultures as it relates to participants’ roles within NC State. ($100 cost per participant, three hours.)

Building Cultural Competence Knowledge and Skills is an in-person session in which participants practice skills for engaging effectively across differences and explore identities and the impact of socialization on identities. The online module is a prerequisite for this session. (No cost to participants, three hours.)

Why Faculty Should Take the Training

Associate Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement, Training and Education Stephanie Helms Pickett says, “The demonstrated skill of faculty to practice the tenets of cultural competence in the classroom is a critical aspect of student retention, success and connectedness to the material under exploration.”

  • Read about faculty member Carlos Goller, NC State’s first faculty member to complete the Foundations of Cultural Competence and Inclusivity Certificate.