Diversity Certificate Program

Credit Option
Non credit
Program Type

Learn how to promote greater understanding, multicultural awareness, respect, and inclusion both inside and outside of the workplace, classroom, and community settings.

The workshops of the Diversity Certificate Program will help you to enrich your own cultural competency and ability to participate in workplace, school, and community settings so that you embrace the richness of human differences. You will learn how to encourage social learning and advance the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion in a wide range of social settings. The Diversity Certificate Program has been recognized as a Best Practice in Diversity Programming from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and it has been successfully adopted in a number of New York area school districts and workplaces.

Who can benefit:

  • Workplace Administrators, Managers, and Supervisors
  • Workplace Human Resource Personnel
  • Workplace Employees and Staff
  • Principals, Teachers, Teacher Assistants and Aides, Pre-K through College
  • Individuals in the Public Health, Nursing, Counseling, and Medical Fields
  • First Responders, Law Enforcement, Emergency Management Personnel
  • Social Development Advocates
  • Any individual in the business, education, social work, and civil society communities.


Complete all eight workshops below in any order to earn a certificate. The final workshop is free.

Understanding Racism

Learn how to recognize, define and better understand racism in today’s culture and society. A brief history of racism will increase your knowledge on this critical topic, and you’ll learn how racism has evolved, is communicated and is reinforced. You’ll develop skills and strategies for recognizing racism in our daily and professional lives.

Confronting Implicit Bias and Microaggressions

Learn how to recognize implicit biases and microaggressive behavior—whether it exists in others, or yourself. Develop skills to recognize, avoid and cope with implicit bias and micro-aggressions when they occur, particularly as they relate to race, religion, gender and gender identity, class, ethnicity, and people with disabilities.

White Privilege

What is white privilege, and how can you better understand it and address it in the workplace, school and classroom, and community settings? Learn the issues, behaviors and practices of white privilege; develop the skills and techniques you need to utilize non-judgmental approaches to anti-racism and cultural competence, and bring a deeper understanding of this important topic to educational communities.

Diversity and Cultural Competence

For any individual within the educational community today, understanding diversity and cultural competence is a critical skill. In this workshop, you’ll receive a general overview and rationale for the importance of promoting diversity and cultural competence in schools. You’ll address issues related specifically to race, ethnicity, gender, class and ability—and how these can be intersectional within individuals or groups. You’ll learn the skills you need to become a culturally competent leader, educator or advocate.

Title IX and Gender Bias

Explore gender stereotypes and bias, both conscious and unconscious, with particular emphasis on Title IX issues (the law that protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities). You’ll focus on gender bias in the workplace and classroom, and receive an overview of the federal law, as well as its history and implications in K–12 settings.


Become an ally. Learn the skills you need to create a SafeZone or take other actions, to help all people feel safe, supported and welcomed, particularly members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. You will explore microaggressive and discriminatory behavior; learn to use inclusive language, gain a deeper understanding of the complexity of sexual identity; and learn about different ways that you, as an individual or part of a group, can become an effective ally and SafeZone proponent.

The Americans with Disabilities Act: Issues of Access

Using the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as its foundation, you will learn disability etiquette, legal responsibility and accountability. You’ll gain a new awareness of equity and access issues and challenges. Learn the skills you need to become an advocate for individuals with physical, neurological or cognitive disabilities, and explore ways you can promote equity for all within the education system.

Capstone Experience

In this final workshop, you will summarize the new skills and key concepts you have learned, share your learning from the individual workshops and reflect on your personal and professional experiences as a result of the workshops. Importantly, you will have an opportunity to share how you plan to apply the program skills and knowledge you learned with action plans to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace. You will reinforce your learning goals and review the overall aims of the Adelphi University Diversity Certificate Partnership Program to create both personal transformation and real change within your school district.

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