Inclusive Excellence


Inclusive Excellence

The Inclusive Excellence Education Certificate is awarded to faculty, staff, or students who participate in three (3) or more workshops or other intercultural learning opportunities over the course of one (1) semester and who engage in a reflective thinking piece. Participants gain a deeper insight into their own identities, how to create an inclusive campus climate, and how being able to work with a wide array of people can drive their future career success.

Recipients are furnished with limited-edition lapel pin, certificate, and Badgr credential for use in LinkedIn, professional websites, and email signatures. Faculty participants also receive a letter of participation for use in promotion and tenure applications. 

Add some of the Upcoming Learning Sessions page, and check out contributing events from the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center and the Office of Access & Success

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Words Are Powerful: Inclusive Terms and Language

This session allows participants to more deeply understand and define identity-centered terms and how to apply them in real-life; with the ultimate goal of creating an inclusive environment for all.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will be able to identify and define terms and phrases that are new or newly understood
  • Participants will be able to summarize one potential impact of using an inaccurate term
  • Participants will understand how to apply the terminology learned

Open Doors: Diversifying Student Organizations

This session is designed for student organization members and leaders to learn approaches to support and promote healthy DEI practices, programs, and initiatives within their organization.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will be able to understand diversity, inclusion, and equity in a student organization context
  • Participants will learn how to assess how inclusive a student organization is and learn how to create and maintain inclusive spaces
  • Participants will be able to identify ways in which you can be an advocate for underrepresented populations

Finding Common Ground: How to Facilitate a Civil Dialogue

This session helps participants identify and practice techniques to have meaningful and productive intercultural communication.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to identify practices for engaging in difficult conversations. 
  • Participants can reflect and apply these practices through dialogue. 
  • Participants will more deeply understand the other participants' different experiences, perspectives, and identities.

The Journey from Awareness to Action

This session allows participants to understand and develop their sense of allyship and implement healthy and sustainable practices to become better allied to various social justice causes.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will understand and develop their sense of allyship
  • Participants will identify at least 3 viable behaviors that are appropriate for an ally
  • Participants will learn how to use learned behaviors in relevant environment

How Cultural Competency & Inclusion Drive Teamwork

This session helps participants grow their foundational knowledge of the theory and practices of cultural humility, explore microaggressions, and create an action plan.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Participants will be able to connect at least one of the cultural competency theories discussed with professional behavior in the workplace
  • Participants will be able to identify at least two intercultural concepts
  • Participants will create an action plan that identifies inclusive and affirming behaviors appropriate for a chosen environment