2016-17 Diversity & Inclusion Certificate Program for Graduate Students

2016-17 Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program for Graduate Students

The Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) is excited to announce our partnership with the Division of Graduate Studies to offer the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program for Graduate Students. This program began in fall 2015 with a cohort of 15 graduate students crossing all academic disciplines. Graduate students are required to complete all seven core courses and the two graduate specific classes to earn their certificate of completion. All core courses include the staff and faculty program participants.

We have received excellent feedback thus far and will continue to offer this program to the first graduate student cohort during the 2016-17 academic year. We expect to add a second cohort to the program for the 2017-18 academic year.


The 2016-17 program for graduate students will be available to those graduate students part of the 2015-16 cohort. If you are a graduate student interested in joining the 2017-18 cohort, please contact odei@ucsc.edu. The cohort/participant selection process will be managed by the Division of Graduate Studies. Once selected, ODEI will manually enroll participants in their classes.

Please view the course schedule and class descriptions below for the 2016-17 academic year:

Note: There are no spaces remaining for the 2016-17 cohort for graduate students. However, we encourage you to register when program information for 2017-18 becomes available.

Core courses:

  • Historical Overview: Power, Privilege and Oppression

  • Overview of Diversity, Retention & Inclusion:  Successes and Challenges at UCSC

  • Race in America

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Issues in the Workplace & Beyond

  • Communicating Across Generations

  • Developing Diversity Change Agents

  • Disability 101

Graduate student specific courses:*

  • Coming to Terms with Our Differences – Conflict Management for Graduate Students

  • Inclusive Teaching and Learning Environments

*Graduate student who were unable to complete these courses during the 2015-16 program have the option of taking two elective courses within the certificate program to complete their certificate. Graduate student specific courses will not be offered during the 2016-17 academic year.


In order to complete the program, you must complete seven core courses and two graduate student electives of your choosing. Graduate students are expected to keep track of all completed courses, and participants should notify us at odei@ucsc.edu when they have completed the program.

Certificates will be awarded to participants who meet the program requirements at the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Graduation Ceremony that takes place at the end of each academic year.

Schedule Conflicts and Cancellations:

If you have a conflict in your schedule after registering for classes, please contact the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at odei@ucsc.edu.

Cancellations for core courses will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Please note that we highly discourage cancellations due to the high demand of participation in the certificate program.  We strongly encourage you to consider your availability and time commitments prior to registering for classes.

Program sponsored by the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Division of Graduate Studies