Save the Date: 2015-2016 Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program

To:  UC Santa Cruz Staff

From: Sheree Marlowe, Campus Diversity Officer for Staff and Students

Mark your calendars: Registration begins Tuesday, September 1 at 8:00 am

The Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) is excited to announce the course schedule for the 2015-16 ODEI Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program. The Program is designed to offer participants an in-depth examination of diversity and differences in order to gain a greater understanding of how we can and why we should work together to build a stronger and more inclusive UC Santa Cruz community. The Program provides a valuable professional development opportunity at no cost to employees or employee units.  The courses range from two to three hours and will be taught by various internal and external instructors in different formats. The core courses are offered twice during the academic year while the elective courses are offered once. Since the program began in 2010, we have had 219 graduates. We continue to receive positive feedback about this program that strives to promote diversity and inclusion on campus.

For new registrants who are pursuing a certificate, the program requires a completion of nine courses (seven required core courses and two electives of your choice).  Participants who complete all nine courses within two academic years qualify to receive a certificate of completion. Individual courses are also open to those who are not pursuing a certificate; individuals have the option to take courses based on their own interest. Due to the popularity and high demand for this program, we have initiated new program guidelines regarding cancellations and no shows.
We are very pleased to announce that this year we are offering two new classes on race that will be taught by two of our distinguished faculty members. Associate Professor Alice Yang is teaching a core course, “Race in America,” and Assistant Professor Christopher Chen is teaching an elective course, “Race: A Brief History of an Idea.”

Note: If you completed the previous core class on race, “Understanding Race, Ethnicity, and National Origin,” it satisfies the same requirement taught by Associate Professor Yang this year. Please do not sign up for the new “Race in America” class if you already satisfied that core requirement in order to open space for those who need that class.

Mark your calendars: Registration begins September 1, 2015 at 8:00 am. Please plan accordingly if you are out of the office because classes fill up quickly. (Class size is limited.) Our courses for this academic year officially begin on October 6, 2015. To find out more about our excellent program, register for classes, and view the complete course descriptions, click on the following link: