Strategic Practice Certificate

The next step after the introductory Inclusive Excellence Certificate Program, the SP Certificate enhances and digs deeper into DEI topics.

The Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity invites faculty, staff, and graduate students who have completed the Inclusive Excellence Certificate to consider the IESP Strategic Practice Certificate Program.

The Strategic Practice (SP) Certificate will:

  • Help participants identify individual and/or organizational inclusive practices to incorporate into workplace environments
  • Encourage participants to advocate for policy shifts that reflect a more equitable and inclusive culture
  • Allow participants to develop strategic relationships in order to foster impactful and meaningful changes within campus environments.

In this program, participants will expand upon the knowledge and skills gained through the Inclusive Excellence Certificate and not only dig deeper into DEI issues, but also work toward more active application of the skills they have gained. The SP Certificate offers two distinct tracks: JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) and SUP (Supporting Underrepresented Populations).

This professional development opportunity is offered FREE OF CHARGE to NC State University faculty, staff and graduate students. Registration is open now for both tracks!

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Strategic Practice Certificate – JEDI Track
Strategic Practice Certificate – SUP Track

Please note that completion of the Inclusive Excellence Certificate is required prior to registering for the Strategic Practice Certificate.

SP-JEDI Workshops

The SP Certificate – JEDI track requires completion of the following four courses within the academic year:

We’ve deliberately taken the vital steps to diversify our work environments and work product, yet some issues persist. To what extent have we considered the impact of intersectionality? In this session participants will learn:

  • The difference between intersectional and intersectionality
  • The impact of systemic discrimination as related to multiple identities
  • Actionable steps to leverage the practice of amplifying the voices and perspectives that relate to intersectionality

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“Exploring Professional Dynamics” is an engaging and interactive workshop designed to equip participants with essential skills and insights for navigating the complexities of the professional world. Through a blend of interactive discussions and case studies, this workshop offers an exploration of various dynamics present in the workplace. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of effective communication, conflict resolution, team collaboration, and leadership principles. Additionally, the workshop will delve into the nuances of workplace community, fostering a respectful and supportive environment for all. Whether you are a seasoned professional or just starting your career journey, “Exploring Professional Dynamics” will empower you to thrive in dynamic professional settings.

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In the Managed Heart, Arlie Hochschild defined emotional labor as, “The work for which one is paid, which centrally involves trying to feel the right feeling for the job while suppressing one’s feelings. While engaging in diversity, equity and inclusion work is rewarding, it can also be quite taxing and even toxic for the individuals serving as facilitators. The work becomes even more volatile for individuals with marginalized identities. This session is designed for formal practitioners of DEI and for those who are actively working to foster communities of practice that incubate equitable environments, where labor is responsibly shared and cultural competence and cultural humility operates as a standard.

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Knowing how and when to stand up and take action is one way to use your position or status in a positive manner. This course will present some ways in which colleagues and community members can respond, lift up, and become champions for students and colleagues in various professional situations.

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SP-SUP Workshops

New for ’23-’24: The SP Certificate – SUP track requires completion of the following five courses within the academic year:

Latinx populations are among the fastest growing in the United States. As more Latinx individuals access higher education both as students and professionals, there appears a need to understand the unique challenges this population can face. “Supporting the Latinx Wolfpack” aims to uncover barriers to success for Latinx students, faculty, and staff as well as create strategies to uplift and increase sense of belonging.

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Universal Design is a framework whose principles support accessibility, equity and inclusion. Universal Design was first conceived of in the built environment but is now commonly applied to a broad range of things and events and experiences we design. In this course, we’ll discuss the concept of Universal Design and invite you to consider how you might apply the principles to the work that you do.

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“Engaging & Serving NC State’s International Community” is a 90-min course developed and facilitated by the Office for Global Engagement for OIED’s Strategic Practice Certificate. This workshop will build on the learner’s foundational understanding of cultural identity and cultural generalizations from the Inclusive Excellence Certificate while gaining essential information about NC State’s diverse international population. This workshop will utilize interactive discussions and case studies for maximum engagement and workplace application. Learners should expect to gain tools for better supporting NC State’s international population through inclusive practices, policies, and advocacy.

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“Supporting Neurodivergent Populations” offers a comprehensive exploration of neurodiversity and strategies to create inclusive and supportive environments for individuals with diverse neurological profiles. Through a blend of theoretical frameworks, evidence-based practices, and practical applications, students will gain a deep understanding of neurodivergence, including conditions such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and intellectual disabilities.

Key topics include neurodiversity advocacy, inclusive education, effective communication strategies, accommodation and modification techniques, and fostering social and emotional well-being. Students will examine case studies, engage in hands-on activities, and participate in interactive discussions to enhance their ability to support and empower neurodivergent individuals across various settings, including education, healthcare, and workplace environments.

Course registration coming spring 2024

Description and course registration coming spring 2024

Strategic Practice Certificate Program Graduates