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Office of Human Resources

Training & Organizational Development

Diversity & Inclusion Certificate Series

The Diversity & Inclusion Council is proud to introduce the Florida State University Diversity & Inclusion Certificate. The certificate creates an opportunity for faculty and staff to explore strategic areas around diversity and to learn more about the ways in which they can assist in creating a welcoming and inclusive campus for all. The Diversity & Inclusion Certificate is a partnership between the Center for Leadership & Social Change, Human Resources and other diversity-related offices and programs across the university.

Upon completing all 6 classes and the required Theory to Action Project, submit the completion form to By completing all the courses within the series, a participant can earn a Diversity & Inclusion Certificate of Completion. Participants must have their supervisor's approval to attend the classes if they occur during the employee's regular working hours. For additional program information, contact the Office of Training and Organizational Development at, 850-644-8724 or visit

The FSU Diversity & Inclusion Program requirements are:


  • FSU Diversity & Inclusion Certificate: An Introduction & Overview

    This overview is an interactive online presentation designed to introduce participants to the purpose and goals of the FSU Diversity & Inclusion Certificate. This session will outline the three components of the certificate in detail. The presentation will also provide tips on how to navigate the Certificate's Blackboard site. (PDDI01)

Core Sessions (3 required)

  • D&I Core Session 1 - Cultural Competence & Higher Education

    This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of multiculturalism and cultural competence within the broad context of higher education. This session will focus on enhancing our awareness, knowledge and skills in the area of multicultural competence in order to work more effectively with diverse student, faculty and staff populations. Our university's efforts related to diversity will be discussed and participants will explore the connection between multicultural competency and their professional role at the university. (PDDI02)

  • D&I Core Session 2 - Cultural Competence in Administration & Management

    The purpose of this workshop is to explore cultural competence as it relates to the administrative, management, and leadership tasks common throughout our campus environment. Participants will reflect on how diversity influences leadership, planning, and teamwork in their areas. The multicultural competencies associated with meaningful and culturally relevant services are identified, and strategies for developing these competencies are explored. (PDDI03)

  • D&I Core Session 3 - Cultural Competence in Teaching & Research

    This workshop will focus on exploring the awareness, knowledge and skills required by instructors and faculty in their central roles as educators in transforming higher education through teaching and research. During the session participants will explore recommendations related to multicultural competence in research and teaching, curricular transformation, and assessment. (PDDI04)

Certificate Elective Sessions (3 required for certificate) - subject to change

Elective sessions are offered to provide an opportunity for faculty, administrators, and staff to explore specific areas of interest or gaps in understanding in an effort to deepen specialized knowledge in this professional development experience. Certificate Electives are developed in collaboration with academic and administrative departments on campus, as well as community organizations that specialize in areas that incorporate diversity and inclusion strategies. In addition to Certificate Electives, there are also Additional Electives located on and off campus. These additional electives include the Social Justice Ally Training, Seminole Allies and Safe Zone sessions, as well as attending professional conferences and various community speakers and training workshops that cover topics that include diversity and/or inclusion themes. Similar to Core sessions, you must complete three (3) Elective sessions towards completion of the Certificate.

ADA: Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act: Learn how to navigate through the minefields of employment law by examining issues related to Disability Law at the Federal, State, and University Policy level. Participants will gain an understanding of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and what constitutes discrimination against a person with a disability. (COADA2)

EEO: Avoiding Minefields in Employment Practices: Examines issues related to Equal Employment Opportunity Law at the Federal, State, and University Policy level. Participants will gain an understanding of anti-discrimination law and discuss guidelines on how to recognize and avoid discriminatory behaviors at work. (COEE01)

Embracing Diversity: Cultivating Respect and Inclusion: The Office of Human Resources delivers unique and interactive diversity training, reaching far beyond race, culture, gender, sensitivity and tolerance. The training course covers an overview to diversity and inclusion, such as history, definitions, what diversity & inclusion means to FSU. Participants are introduced to the value proposition for diversity-What's In It For Me..."WII FM", culture as a framework for understanding diversity, different generations in the workplace, tools on how to handle conflicts and much more. In addition, this course will include interactive activities and top notch DVDs. (CODIV2)

Bridging Cultures III: Managing Intercultural Conflict: This workshop will introduce participants to various styles of intercultural conflict management and negotiation processes. Participants will learn how to assess their cultural management style in order to be more effective when working across cultures and manage cultural issues successfully. (CSMIC1)

Seminole Allies and Safe Zones 101: This workshop is a basic training in allyship and contemporary LGBTQ issues. Please visit for more information. (PDSZ01)

Seminole Allies and Safe Zones 201: Trans Ally is a two-hour training that will engage participants in understanding trans* identities, gender variance, socialized gender expectations, intersex identities, and becoming allies to people with trans* and other gender variant identities. Please visit for more information. (PDSZ02)

Seminole Allies and Safe Zones 301: These "Train the Trainer" workshops allow attendees to learn how to facilitate Seminole Allies and Safe Zones trainings under the guidance of the Safe Zone coordinator. Please visit zone for more information. (PDSZ03)

Theory to Action Project

As the capstone to the Diversity & Inclusion Certificate, each participant who has successfully completed the three (3) Core Sessions and three (3) Elective Sessions will be charged with creating and delivering a Theory to Action project.

The project will serve as a demonstration of the learning that took place throughout the completion of the certificate. Within the project, there will be a description of the project as well as a projected timeline for completion.

Examples of what a Theory to Action Project would be the following:
  • Program for students
  • Update in curriculum (design or readings)
  • Submission of an article for publication or conference presentation proposal
  • Presentation for faculty, staff, departmental colleagues or students in one's area of work