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The Credential

The Credential is a cultural competency certificate program for faculty and staff. This is an intermediate level DEI program for individuals to complete during the 2021-2022 academic year.

About the Program

Integrating cultural competency training into our pedagogy and practice means going beyond the bare minimum. Students continue to report that cultural competency is an integral part of establishing and promoting a sense of belonging at NC State University.

The Credential for Faculty and Staff: Education, Exploration, IntrospectionIn The Credentialour certificate program for faculty and staff, individual participants have the opportunity to learn strategies for understanding, utilizing and promoting cultural competence in their respective roles. Participants start by examining their own cultural narratives and how they influence intention and perceptions. Individuals also learn how to assess their practice and pedagogy to make strategic advances to improve cultural competency and strengthen their sense of belonging. Participants build their skillset and cultivate tools and resources for fostering an inclusive environment, communicating clearly both verbally and nonverbally, and working with students, faculty and staff to promote individual and collective success.

By learning more about one’s own and others’ cultures, participants gain increased confidence in leading/learning in various culturally fluid scenarios to ensure a safe/brave space for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

The Credential offers two distinct tracks, one for faculty and one for staff, each focused on providing a common framework and resources to assist faculty and staff in providing not only a stellar culturally competent environment but also one that places considerable emphasis on inclusivity, equity and belonging.

Program Requirements

  1. Two diversity modules through EverFi
  2. Silver level Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) instrument ($50 cost)
  3. 8 hours of DEI coursework, approved by OIED
  4. DEI audit of your unit
  5. Case study analysis with cohort
  6. Reflection and plan of action

Program Outcomes

For the certificate, participants:

  • define cultural competency and culturally responsive practices and evaluate their current professional environment for strengths and weaknesses in cultural competency;
  • recognize many of the main obstacles to cultural competency and culturally responsive practices in their college/unit and propose strategies to overcome them;
  • describe incidents in which curriculum bias creates barriers and develop approaches to address these situations;
  • identify strategies for teaching in culturally competent ways and assess the environment in the classroom;
  • identify strategies for leading and supervising in culturally responsive ways and assess the workplace environment;
  • explain adaptations in one’s approach to difficult conversations in relation to knowledge regarding cultural competency;
  • describe underlying components of cultural competency, including bias, curriculum bias, socioeconomic status and other forms of cultural bias.

OIED Approved ribbonThis program is also “OIED Approved” to meet the DEI requirement for the EHRA and SHRA annual employee performance reviews.

Note: One of the required components of this program has a $50 fee. The remaining components are provided at no cost to individuals.

The application period for the Credential is now closed.