Diversity Certificate Program

Credit Option
Non credit
Program Type

More than ever before, American society  seeks to pursue equity for marginalized communities including Black, Indigenous and People of Color, Latin X, LGBTQ+, and women.

More than ever before, American society  seeks to pursue equity for marginalized communities including Black, Indigenous and People of Color, Latin X, LGBTQ+, and women. This pursuit to justice and equity was amplified not only based on moral and ethical grounds but due to the recognition of the need to prevent the inequities witnessed between communities during the COVID 19 crisis and an understanding that communities open and equitable for all would foster innovation and excellence.

To reach that goal, we seek to deepen public understanding of the structural nature of racism, sexism, and ableism via collective learning and increased awareness of discrimination, prejudice, the history of the United States, and committing to transformative change. The Diversity Certificate Program aims to facilitate collective learning to start looking inward on our own lived experiences and biases and to explore the scholarly work on historical, economic, social, and legal contexts underlying the creation of the current realities with the aim of transforming our community to be inclusive, equitable and just.

The workshops are open for all members of the community and you are welcome to join any or all the workshops we offer.  These include units on gender bias; access for persons with disabilities; cultural humility; diversity and linguistic differences; safe zones; and confronting racism, implicit bias, and white privilege.

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 seven required workshops in order to earn a certificate. The final workshop is free. Workshops can be taken in any order and digital badges will be awarded for each and a digital certificate will be awarded after completion of the seventh workshop. The Capstone Experience should only be taken for organizational cohorts.

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 all organizations.

Diversity and Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Practices

For any individual within the workplace, healthcare settings and 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 various settings. 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, manager, educator or healthcare administrator.

Title IX and Title VII

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) and Title VII (the law that protects people from discrimination based on sex in the workplace). You’ll focus on gender bias and discrimination in the workplace and classroom, and receive an overview of the federal law, as well as its history and implications in all 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 any organization.

Capstone Experience (For Schools and Organizational Cohort Programs)

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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