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Equity & Inclusion Certification Program

Course Code: 8877CF

Dates: February 7-28, 2023

Meets: Four Tue., 6-8:30PM Begins 02/07 (MT)

Location: TBD

Non-Member: $462.00

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Whatever your work or volunteer setting, it is critical that you have a solid understanding of the concepts and practices involved in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). This 10-hour program is the recommended minimum requirement to empower professionals to become more proficient in DEI concepts, practices, goal setting, measures, and ideas to test locally. The certificate program covers key DEI concepts and skills building, and centers best practice DEI strategies within evidence-based organizational change models. The training is accessible to all professionals, regardless of position, previous training, or level of knowledge. It starts with the assumption that we are all socialized within environments (e.g., families, schools, communities) that influence our perceptions and practices. Becoming effective DEI practitioners involves lifelong resocialization in the form of continual exposure to best practices DEI concepts and dedication to building of skills that can mitigate harm in our perceptions and practices.
Training topics include:
  • Awareness building: Increase awareness of how unconscious bias, microaggressions, stereotype threat, privilege, power, oppression, identity and intersectionality shape human and organizational behavior.
  • Action, skills building: Learn to mitigate the impact of unconscious bias, microaggressions, stereotype threat, and so on through active allyship practices at the individual and organizational levels.
  • Organizational change: Learn how to set DEI goals, measures to track success, and ideas to test locally using the evidence-based model of improvement.
  • Community building to encourage sustainability: Engage in ongoing reflection and discussion of DEI goals, measures, and idea testing. Assess what worked, what didn’t work, and modifications to further advance DEI practices.
  • Social Justice Associates is a business whose mission is to empower people and organizations to thrive through just equity and inclusion practices. They bring a fresh, lively and humble approach to equity and inclusion training and education—spanning bias reduction in the workplace and classrooms to educating juries, law enforcement and health care providers on how bias influences outcomes. Their work is rooted in intersectional research, organizational theory, and real world examples from popular culture, news media, history, finance, and law. They also provide executive coaching for business leaders and expert testimony for legal professionals to achieve equitable and just processes and outcomes. Participants will receive a certificate of completion from Social Justice Associates at the conclusion of the training. Social Justice Associates was founded by Amy Bonomi, PhD, MPH, an award-winning professor, founding director of the Women’s Leadership Institute at Michigan State University, and author of more than 150 articles/essays on bias, equity, and violence prevention. Dr. Bonomi co-authored the award-winning book, Women Leading Change in Academia: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff, and Slipper, which addresses DEI barriers women face and strategies to remove those barriers. A strategic leader certified in restorative justice and mediation, Dr. Bonomi has guided thousands of individuals in DEI quality improvement across all types of organizations. She is also an expert witness in domestic and sexual violence-related cases.


    Class time is in MT. Good internet connection and a laptop or device with camera and mic is needed. You should download Zoom in advance of class. It is free to install, Look for an email from your instructor with the subject line CFU Zoom class for the link. Be ready to log on and join the meeting 5-10 minutes prior to the class start time so you will be ready when class begins. If you have trouble using the link, just go to, click "Join a Meeting" and enter the meeting ID provided in the instructor's email.
    Fee: $462.00

    Save $12.00 with a CFU Membership


    Location to be announced as soon as details are known.
    Date Day Time Location
    02/07/2023Tuesday6 PM to 8:30 PM TBD
    02/14/2023Tuesday6 PM to 8:30 PM TBD
    02/21/2023Tuesday6 PM to 8:30 PM TBD
    02/28/2023Tuesday6 PM to 8:30 PM TBD


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