Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program for Staff and Faculty

*Please note, details for the 2017-18 Diversity & Inclusion Certificate Program will not be posted until August 2017.

2016-17 Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program for Staff and Faculty

The Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is excited to announce the course schedule for the 2016-17 Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program. Registration begins on September 1, 2016. Note: Class size is limited and spaces fill quickly. We encourage you to register early.

All interested employees must register through the UC Learning Center portal.

Please view the course schedule below, and follow the instructions to register for your classes.

Diversity & Inclusion Certificate Program - Course Schedule (PDF)


  • Click on the UC Learning Center link
  • Log In with your Cruz ID Gold Password
  • Above the Quick Start Overview heading, click on the "Catalog" link to view all the courses offered in the program
  • Under the Career and Professional Development headline, click on the "Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program."
  • Register individually for each course you plan to attend

In order to complete the program, you must complete seven core courses and two electives of your choosing. Please keep track of all courses that you complete, and notify us at odei@ucsc.edu when you have completed the program.

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

Core course topics include:

  • Historical Overview: Power, Privilege and Oppression
  • Overview of Diversity, Retention & Inclusion:  Successes and Challenges at UCSC
  • Race in America (satisfies the requirement for the core class previously offered entitled, Understanding Race, Ethnicity & National Origin)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Issues in the Workplace & Beyond
  • Communicating Across Generations
  • Developing Diversity Change Agents
  • Disability 101

Elective course topics include:

  • Understanding Religious Beliefs & Believers
  • Troops to College
  • Coming to Terms with our Differences
  • Speaking Up to Bias
  • Class Matters
  • Increasing Our Intercultural Proficiency in Working with UCSC’s International Students & Scholars
  • Undocumented Students: At UCSC & Beyond
  • Persistent Inequalities: Gender Bias and Gender Discrimination in the Workplace
  • Raising Your CQ (Cultural Intelligence)
  • Race: A Brief History of an Idea
  • NEW! Challenging Islamophobia
  • NEW! Intersections Between Diversity & Environment


Wait List Process:

A wait list is automatically generated for courses that exceed maximum enrollment. Participants on the wait list may be notified of the opportunity to be added one week before the start of each class if spaces become available due to cancellations.  Wait listed participants will be offered spaces based on registration date.

Note: Last Minute Cancellations are those that take place 1-3 days prior to class.

If there are last minute cancellations, we will send an email announcement to all wait list participants to see if they would like to be added to the class. You will be added to the class in the order of response to the announcement.

Cancellations and No-Shows:

We understand that unplanned or unexpected events come up. However in the past few years there have been a large number of last minute cancellations and no-shows where we were not given adequate notice to fill the space. Due to the popularity and high demand for this program that is currently free to participants, we have developed new guidelines to reduce the number of last minute cancellations and no-shows and ensure that those who sign up for the program have the time commitment to attend the classes.

We encourage you to speak to your supervisor or manager prior to registering for classes to receive their approval to attend those classes. We apologize for having to take steps to curb cancellations and no-shows but this is a growing problem that must be addressed.

Process for Last Minute Cancellations and No Shows

“Last minute cancellations” are those that occur 1-3 days prior to class. If a participant learns that they need to cancel a class that will be deemed a last minute cancellation, they must notify us at odei@ucsc.edu ideally 72 hours prior to the class.

A “no-show” is when a participant signs up for a class but fails to show up the day of the class and gives no or less than 24 hours notice of their absence.

For registered participants, if you know in advance that you are not able to attend a class, please cancel your registration within the UC Learning Center system as far in advance as possible so that we can offer spaces to those on the wait list. 

Please note that we highly discourage cancellations due to the high demand of participation in the certificate program.


If a participant has more than two “last minute cancellations” or “no shows” during the academic year, they will receive notification that they will be removed from any other classes they are registered for in the remainder of the academic year. We will need to open those spaces for others who are on the wait list. 

Priority Registration Process:

All participants seeking to earn a certificate have two academic years to complete the required classes. To facilitate the ability to complete the courses within the two academic year requirement; we created a priority registration process which allows participants who are entering the second year of the program to enroll in their remaining classes “early” before the fall registration process. If you qualify for the priority registration process, you will receive an email in the spring providing instructions for early registration.


2016-2017 Diversity & Inclusion Certificate Course Descriptions

Program sponsored by the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion