Diversity Development Certificate Program
Diversity Development Certifications
The Diversity & Inclusion Development program offers a series of trainings to students, staff, and faculty to expand their awareness, knowledge, and skills related to diversity and inclusion to promote personal and professional growth. The workshops offered are organized according to three levels and are open to all MSU students, staff, and faculty. The requirements are outlined according to each level for those that want to earn their certification; however, the program is flexible and MSU members may take any individual workshop offerings of interest and not work towards a certificate.
MSU faculty will have the opportunity to earn credits through the Center for Faculty Excellence by attending the Diversity workshops. For those faculty who choose to attend and are interested in receiving Center credit, contact the Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence, where you will be asked to complete a short form.
Note: Many of the Diversity & Inclusion Development workshops incorporate elements from an experiential affective learning model rooted in recognizing that learning occurs through many channels that include the intellectual, emotional, relational, and experiential. Expanding self-awareness will often appear as part of the learning objectives, and as such, include experiential and/or interactive discussion activities rooted in self-reflection and self-disclosure of personal information. Confidentiality is asked of all individuals who participate. The degree of self-disclosure is at the discretion of each participant.
Level 1: Diversity & Inclusion Development - Foundations of Diversity & Inclusion
The Level 1 Foundations of Diversity & Inclusion course offerings include three workshops that introduce participants to some fundamental concepts related to diversity and inclusion. The workshops include didactic lecture, self-reflection, small and large group discussion, and experiential activities. These workshops would be useful for people wanting to gain an introductory knowledge base on the topics identified in the title workshops; engage in deeper self-reflection to further self-understanding related to one’s cultural identity, experience of privilege, and personal biases; connect, engage, and learn more about other MSU community members related to cultural identity; and practice cultural humility skills.
Exploring Cultural Identity is recommended as a precursor to the other two workshops in Level 1, but is not required. Those wishing to earn their certificate will need to complete all three Level 1 Foundations of Diversity & Inclusion courses.
Level 1 Diversity Certificate Workshops being offered for 2022 - 2023.
To register, visit the MSU Registration link and use your NetID and NetID Password
Level 2: Diversity & Inclusion Development - Dimensions of Cultural Identity
The Level 2 Dimensions of Cultural Identity series offers workshops that focus more specifically on different social group identities. Workshops may include didactic lecture, self-reflection, small and large group discussion, experiential activities, and/or panel presenters. These workshops would be useful for people wanting to explore and learn more deeply about different intersectional dimensions of cultural identity; engage in self-reflection to further self-understanding related to the socialization process along these dimensions of identity as it relates to one’s cultural lens; explore biases and microaggressions more specific to different social identity groups; and connect, engage, and learn more about other MSU community members related to these aspects of cultural identity.
The specific courses offered for Level 2 may vary from year to year. Those wishing to earn their certificate for Level 2 Dimensions of Cultural Identity will need to complete a total of 4 workshops from any 4 different identity dimensions offered.
Level 2 Diversity Certificate Workshops being offered for 2022 - 2023.
Safe Zone Modules 1, 2, 3
For scheduling go to:
Indian Education for All in Montana for One MUS
Online Modules http://www.montana.edu/iefa/
To register, visit the MSU Registration link and use your NetID and NetID Password
Level 1 - Diversity Course Descriptions
Level 1 - DIV100 Exploring Cultural Identity
Overview: In this workshop, participants will learn about the ADDRESSING and Big 10+ models of cultural identity. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect and apply these models to understand more about themselves as well as others. The concept of cultural humility will also be introduced and explored.
Level 1 - DIV110 Intersectionality & Privilege
Overview: In this course, participants will learn about the concepts of intersectionality and privilege, reflect on personal barriers that may impede self-awareness of privilege, and complete a privilege self-assessment. Participants will also engage in critical self-reflection while exploring the intersectionality of their identity and how this impacts experiences of privilege within larger social systems using Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Model. Finally, participants will have time to explore, identify, and commit to putting power and privilege into action at MSU to affect campus change.
Why you should attend: This course supports opportunities to sharpen cultural humility skills involving critical self-reflection, active listening, and empathy. Participants are supported in expanding their cultural self-awareness while also engaging, connecting, and learning more with MSU community members related to their cultural identities. This course also provides time to collaborate with community members to identify strategies to implement change using identified social dimensions of power and privilege.
Level 1 - DIV120 Implicit Bias & Microaggressions
Overview: In this course, participants will gain an understanding of the cycle of oppression, implicit bias, and microaggressions. Attendees will also identify areas of personal bias using a self-assessment tool and reflect on how these may get enacted through microaggressions. Finally, individuals will briefly be introduced to skills for responding if they become aware of enacting microaggressions.
Why should you attend: This workshop provides opportunities to practice cultural humility through critical self-reflection specifically as it relates to unconscious bias and enactments of microaggressions. This course is appropriate for people wanting to gain an introductory understanding of these concepts as well as start to explore and identify areas of personal bias related to social group identities and ways they may enact microaggressions.
Level 2 - Diversity Course Descriptions
Level 2 - Mental Health
Overview: In this workshop, participants will learn some basics about signs, symptoms, and prevalence of mental health disorders, as well as some prevailing cultural beliefs that contribute to stigma or barriers to help-seeking. Through discussion, self-reflective, and group activities, participants will explore these factors as well as learn skills for how to support and refer someone to campus or community resources.
Why should you attend: Issues of mental health impact all of us at some point on the continuum of mental wellness. Regardless of our role on campus, we are likely to encounter a student, colleague, friend, or family member who has a mental health challenge. This workshop will help break down myths, biases, and stigma to teach key facts and helping skills for anyone who is interested in learning more. Content alert: mental health, depression, anxiety, suicide, substance use, and associated biases/stigma.
Level 2 - Racial & Ethnic Identity
Overview: In this workshop, the concepts of race, ethnicity, racism, racial and ethnic identity and anti-racism will be explored. Participants will engage in self-reflection to expand their understanding of their racial identity development as well as personal experience of racial socialization. Participants will also explore racial microaggressions as these relate to their experience at MSU. The workshop will conclude with review of developing a racialized lens and practice applying this skill in one’s role at MSU.
Level 2 - Generational Identity
Overview: In this workshop, participants will explore the concept of generational identity; review the 5 current generations in the United States; and identify some of the associated historical events, figures, and presumed characteristics of each generation. Individuals will also explore their generational identity and personal biases that may be held with regard to other generations. The workshop will conclude with skill development focused on engaging across the generations to apply in their role at MSU.
Level 2 - Veterans
Overview: During this workshop participants will learn about veteran trends in the post 9/11 era, and how these trends are affecting the veteran student body here in Montana. Instruction will address the stereotypes and biases that exist about veterans and the reality of the challenges that face veterans transitioning to civilian life. Finally, participants will engage in critical self-reflection to heighten awareness related to personal perceptions of veterans, explore biases, and learn how to support the intellectual and personal growth of our student veterans.
Why you should attend: MSU is proud of our military friendly status, and attending this workshop will help our campus strengthen its supportive community around our veterans. Participants will deepen their understanding about the challenges that student veterans may experience and learn strategies that promote their success in and outside the classroom.
Level 2 - Religion and Spiritual Identity
Overview: During this workshop, an interfaith panel discussion will explore questions relating to what is held sacred; religious and spiritual practices, beliefs, and biases; and the skills that support interfaith connections. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in critical self-reflection and exploration related to religion and spirituality, areas of bias related to this aspect of cultural identity, and how awareness of this aspect of cultural identity in others is beneficial at MSU.
Why should you attend: This workshop provides an opportunity to learn and engage with religious and spiritual leaders from different faith traditions and observe how they approach interfaith dialogue. It’s also beneficial for people wanting to explore this aspect of identity, learn cultural attunement skills that aid in dialogue with others, and engage with MSU members across the religious and spiritual diversity spectrum.
Level 2 - Body Size
Overview: During this workshop, participants will learn about systemic body size discrimination. There will be a particular focus on ways this impacts individuals within education systems. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in critical self-reflection and exploration regarding weight, body size, and related areas of bias. Additionally, this workshop will provide opportunity to increase acceptance and consider ways to enact change within MSU and the broader community.
Why should you attend: This workshop is beneficial for individuals who would like to learn about ways that body size bias, stigma, and discrimination are present in our society. It provides an opportunity for those interested in exploring their own internalized body size biases and learn ways to reduce body size discrimination personally and within their roles at MSU.
Level 2 - Disability & Inclusivity
Overview: In this workshop, participants will consider the concept of disability and its classifications, reflect on their socialization of ability and disability, and explore ableist bias and microaggressions. More affirmative and inclusive practices as it relates to ability status will be reviewed and participants will have an opportunity to consider ways to implement these in their work at MSU.
Why should you attend: This workshop is beneficial for individuals who would like to learn about ways that ability bias, stigma, and discrimination are present in our society. Participants will also gain skills in the use of cultural humility to apply in their role at MSU.
Level 2 - Indian Education for All in Montana for One MUS - Online Class
Overview: This online course offering provides training to expand people’s understanding of the diverse American Indian people of Montana. It includes background information on Indian Education for All, introduces Montana tribal nations, explores tribal nation educational resource material, and addresses frequently asked questions about Montana’s American Indian people.
Why you should complete this course: This course provides training opportunities for individuals interested in learning more about contemporary and historical American Indian issues while engaging in the Montana Constitutional mandate that “every Montanan, whether Indian or non-Indian, be encouraged to learn about the distinct and unique heritage of American Indians in a culturally responsive manner.” By increasing IEFA, participants can contribute to a more culturally literate community that celebrates the diversity within our campus and fosters inclusion for all.
Note: Completion of this course is tracked separately for university reporting as all MSU staff and faculty are asked to complete the IEFA online training. As such, those seeking credit towards their Level 2 DID certificate with the IEFA course should email Terry at: [email protected] after completing it and he will confirm it in the tracking system.
Level 2 - Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation
**NOTE**For those wanting to earn their Level 2 Dimensions of Cultural Identity certificate, only one Safe Zone workshop may be used toward earning your certificate. The remaining 3 courses must be from different dimensions of cultural identity. Due to documentation and tracking purposes for the Diversity & Inclusion Development certificate program, previous completion of Safe Zone workshops will not qualify for the certificate. Safe Zone classes will be tracked towards the Level 2 Certificate beginning January 1, 2020.
To register for Safe Zone classes, visit MSU Registration, and use your NetID and NetID Password to enroll.
For more information on Safe Zone classes, visit this link:
Safe Zone Module 1: LGBTQ Awareness and Education
Overview: This workshop is designed as an introduction to LGBTQ+ terminology, experiences, and issues. This workshop addresses definitions related to assigned sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation; the coming out process; and resources for LGBTQ+ individuals.
Why you should attend: This workshop is appropriate for individuals who are wanting to increase their basic understanding of inclusive language as it relates to LGBTQ+ identities, understand some of the unique cultural challenges that LGBTQ+ individuals may encounter, increase knowledge of available resources to be able to provide to others, and for those wanting to pursue allyship for LGBTQ+ people.
Safe Zone Module 2: LGBTQ Ally Development (must have completed Module 1)
Overview: This workshop focuses on expanding the network of LGBTQ+ allies at Montana State University. Participants will explore the meaning of being an ally, different forms of ally development, and how to apply this in their life.
Why you should attend: This workshop is appropriate for a range of people whether they are starting their journey as an ally for LGBTQ+ individuals or for those who already identify as allies and are looking to explore ways to expand on their development as an ally. This workshop also provides an opportunity for people wanting to join as formal Safe Zone allies on campus at MSU. Participants that complete Safe Zone Module 2 will receive their Safe Zone placards and/or buttons to identify themselves as Safe Zone allies. The Safe Zone symbol indicates a safe and welcoming place on campus for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Safe Zone Module 3: Unpacking and Undoing Individual Heterosexism and Transnegativity (must have completed Module 1)
Overview: This workshop reviews the concepts of heterosexism, transnegativity, implicit bias, and microaggressions as it relates to sexual orientation and gender identity. Participants will then have the opportunity to explore and identify areas of personal bias and microaggression with the aim of being able to manage these better through greater self-awareness. Participants will also have opportunity to identify action items to implement after the workshop to counter heterosexism and transnegativity.
Why you should attend: This workshop is geared towards individuals who are wanting to grow in their ally development by exploring areas of personal bias as it relates to gender identity and sexual orientation. It is also appropriate for those wanting specific ideas for being an active ally whether in their role at MSU or in their personal life.
For more information, please contact Terry Bishop: [email protected]