Certificate Programs

  Fundamentals of Inclusion    |    FAQ    |    Inclusion, Equity, and Community Building Series     

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In addition to open-enrollment trainings, Diversity & Inclusion offers and contributes to several certificate training programs. D&I provides workshops in several Leadership Development series offered by UNT System Human Resources, including the Foundational Leadership Academy and the New Supervisor Orientation cohort.

D&I also offers the following certificate training programs:

  • New! Fundamentals of Inclusion (10 hours)
  • Inclusion, Equity, and Community Building (20 hours)

Fundamentals of Inclusion

The Fundamentals of Inclusion Certificate initiative is an opportunity for UNT faculty, staff, graduate-student workers to gain strategic knowledge and skills to contribute to a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. By completing a series of workshops, participants will earn a certificate demonstrating their commitment as leaders for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and classroom. 

The Fundamentals of Inclusion Certificate program aims to create a community of learners across campus, and equipping them with awareness, knowledge, and skills, through a community of practice framework, and by utilizing adult learning models.

Participants will gain:

  • A better understanding of the experiences of specific identity groups 
  • Skills for managing cultural transitions
  • Strategies for successful communication
  • Best practices for building and supporting diverse teams
  • Recognition of patterns of marginalization
  • Tools for resolving conflict and tension
  • Support in eliminating behaviors and practices that create barriers to inclusion

Participation Requirements

  • Participants must be willing to abide by the Principles of Engagement
  • Participants must actively participate in order to receive credit
  • Participants in a cohort (Option One below) must be able to commit to attending all sessions

Ways to earn the certificate:

Option One:

Enroll in a Fundamentals of Inclusion Cohort. You will complete 10 hours of training with your cohort during one semester. The Fall 2022 cohort will meet in person in the Support and Services Building (SSB) (1500 N Interstate 35, Denton, TX 76205) from 9:00-11:00 on Fridays starting on October 14th. The Fall 2022 cohort will complete the following modules in order to earn the Fundamentals of Inclusion certificate:

  1. Friday, October 14, 9:00-11:00, Developing Inclusive Attitudes (2 hrs)
  2. Friday, October 21, 9:00-11:00, Dimensions of Diversity and Social Justice (2 hrs)
  3. Friday, October 28, 9:00-11:00, Strategies for Inclusive Language and Policy (2 hrs)
  4. Friday, November 4, 9:00-11:00, Exploring Inclusion: Perspectives on Race (2 hrs)
  5. Friday, November 11, 9:00-11:00, Change Leadership and Action Planning (2 hrs)

Since there are other options for completing the certificate, please only sign up for the cohort if you can commit to attending all modules.

Sign up for the Fall 2022 cohort of the Fundamentals of Inclusion series in Bridge!

Option Two:

Contact D&I to schedule Fundamentals of Inclusion Certificate training during the course of a semester or academic year for your department, division, or team. We will work with your team to schedule 10 hours of training, including introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses that fit your team’s needs.

Option Three:

Complete 10 hours of training on your own within two calendar years. In order to complete this option, you are responsible for registering for and attending the required courses, saving your UNT Bridge certificates of completion, and turning in all of your records together to Diversity.Inclusion@unt.edu at the end to receive credit. In order to complete this option, participants must complete at least 10 total hours of training in any order, including the following requirements:

At least one of these introductory courses:
  • Developing Inclusive Attitudes (2 hrs)
  • Dimensions of Diversity and Social Justice (2 hrs)
At least one of these intermediate courses:
  • Strategies for Inclusive Language and Policy (2 hrs)
  • Interrupting Bias and Microaggressions (2 hrs)
At least one of these advanced courses:
  • Exploring Inclusion: Perspectives on Race (2 hrs)
  • Exploring Inclusion: Gender/Sexuality (2 hrs)
  • Exploring Inclusion: Building Interfaith Equity (2 hrs)
  • Exploring Inclusion: [Future Topic] (2 hrs)
These additional elective courses can count toward the 10 hours of training:
  • UNT Neurodiversity Training (1 hr)
  • Community of Respect Workshop (2 hrs)
  • d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing Training (1.5 hrs)
  • Creating Inclusive and Accessible Environments for Students with Visual Impairments (1 hr)
  • Faculty Search Committee Training (1.5 hrs)
  • Option Four:

    If you have completed 10-12 hours of D&I training in the last two years and would like us to retroactively audit your participation in order to evaluate whether you may qualify for a Fundamentals of Inclusion Certificate, please email Diversity.Inclusion@unt.edu with a full list of all the courses you have taken from us and their exact dates.


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    Inclusion, Equity, and Community Building Series

    The seventh cohort of the Inclusion, Equity, and Community Building series concluded in Spring 2022! This 20-hour, five-module series provides faculty, staff, and administrators with an opportunity to comprehensively explore community building, cultural humility, bias awareness, identity development, microaggressions, inclusive language, anti-racism, privilege, allyship, and change leadership and apply these concepts to their policies, programs, practices, and people in their respective departments. This series aims to be flexible to the needs of our participants and current and pressing issues in our society and at UNT, so module topics are periodically updated. The series ends with action planning and guidance from Diversity & Inclusion to sustain inclusive excellence. Participants who complete all five modules of the series receive a certificate.

    Registration Information

    Registration is CLOSED.

    If you are interested in registering for a future cohort, please fill out the short Qualtrics survey by clicking the button below.


    Module Descriptions:

    • Module 1: Perspectives of Race, Data, and DEI Definitions: This introductory session explores how we engage in conversations about race fundamentally. We will also discuss current UNT data on climate and inclusion while exploring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion definitions and how they impact communities at all levels. (Pre-Work +/- 1 hour)
    • Module 2: Bias Awareness, Socialization, and Identity Development: Participants explore biases, how they are embedded in our language and interactions at multiple levels, and how they are influenced by socialization. Identity development is introduced to demonstrate the importance of intentionally inclusive environments on positive student development and employee engagement. (Pre-Work +/- 1 hour)
    • Module 3: Inclusive Language, Communication, and Triggers: This session explores microaggressions and the role of language, communication, and socialization in inclusion and exclusion. Participants also explore how these contribute to identity authoring and lived experience. (Pre-Work +/- 1 hour)
    • Module 4: Anti-Racism, Privilege, and Coalition Building: Participants explore how to move from being non-racist to anti-racist and what that means. We will examine privilege and positional power in our personal lives and at UNT. The session also discusses equality vs. equity, allyship vs. accompliceship, and begins exploring their application. (Pre-Work +/- 1 hour)
    • Module 5: Change Leadership and Action Planning: This session explores organizational culture and change and how we can use our spheres of influence to enact change. Participants will consider applying change strategies to an aspect of their work environment. (Pre-Work +/- 1 hour)


    "I found the IECB training at UNT to be the most comprehensive, insightful DEI training I have taken in my professional career. Our Executive Leadership Team and Diversity Action Committee has been through this training and we recently voted to require it for our entire division – essential training at an essential time."

    - Adam Fein, Vice President for Digital Strategy and Innovation

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      • I loved the whole IECB series.
      • I was colorblind when we first started the IECB series. Now I have a gift in my hands and am willing to make changes.
      • The IECB series was incredibly informative and actually life changing. I learned so much that I wasn’t even aware I didn’t know.
      • Sharing examples was very helpful in this series.
      • The IECB series was so very helpful and thorough.
      • Awesome! The microaggression module should be mandatory especially for people that are in authority. I learned a lot of ways how my language and workplace communication can approve.
      • I liked the variety of activities and the opportunity for participation.
    • Housing and Residence Life IECB Participants: Winners of the Inclusive Excellence Award
      • Awesome training...as always, you always manage to get our group to "come alive". Much appreciated.
      • Liked the one on one talking. I'd like more one on ones in small group (three people) discussions. With these discussions, I've been able to find more common ground.
      • Really enjoyed connecting with different and alike backgrounds and having candid discussions with a driven topic.
      • Presenter was engaging, open, and energetic.
      • Felt comfortable to share, enjoyed the experience. I am looking forward to the next session.