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Bridges Multicultural Competency Certificates

Bridges is a competency-based training program, designed to help impart knowledge, awareness, and skills regarding diversity, and that also enhance inclusive behavior for the faculty, staff, teaching assistants, and graduate assistants of the RIT community.

Learning Outcomes

Each year, the composition of faculty, staff, and students at RIT changes.

This leads to a more complex, potentially richer, and dynamic educational campus environment in which learning occurs, if it is facilitated so as to provide the skills and perspective by which to do so.

As an educational institution, RIT’s Division of Diversity & Inclusion offers a variety of educational programs annually that provides meaningful learning opportunities that support the holistic range of services which enhance access and success for all underrepresented students, faculty, and staff

 

Bridges offers five certificates, each comprised of four (approximately two hour) programs:

Certificate #1: Group Communications: Inclusive Approaches

The goal of this certificate is to help participants understand how their daily communication, (interpersonal and group behavior) can affect and enhance inclusion and diversity in the work place. Programs focus on options to create a more productive and positive work place.

  • Core Course: The “I” in Diversity (Understanding Inclusive Approaches
  • Core Course: The Karma of International Diversity: A Case Study
  • Elective: Inclusive Leadership and Micro-Messaging
  • Elective: Resolving Conflict: It’s as Simple as Respect

The certificate examines communications processes that can enhance/hinder respect for diversity and multicultural competencies in teams.

Certificate #2: Group Dynamics and Diversity

The goal of this certificate is to help participants identify key learnings about how working with diverse groups in an inclusive manner can be effective, and often more productive. Emphasis will be centered around applying learnings in the work place as well as applying them to the four dimensions of RIT’s Inclusive Framework.

  • Core Course: The “I” in Diversity (Understanding Inclusive Approaches)
  • Core Course: The Karma of International Diversity: A Case Study
  • Elective: Towers: Diversity and Production (Innovation)
  • Elective: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: Deconstructing Diversity Education

 

Certificate #3: Ally Development

Many people see themselves as allies of underrepresented populations and discover that good intentions are not always enough. This certificate series helps participants to address the ally role from a competency base, building skill levels and an open-ended process by which to study real life case studies and the long term effects when serving as an advocate for diversity. The program will also address the advising role for formal and informal advisers whose work is so critical in building multicultural and inclusive approaches when helping students.

  • Core Course: The “I” in Diversity (Understanding Inclusive Approaches)
  • Core Course: The Karma of International Diversity: A Case Study
  • Elective: Ally Training: A Competency Base – Part 1
  • Elective: Ally Training: The Ally Competency Base Applied to Real Life
    • with Expert Panel – Part 2

 

Certificate #4: Sustainability and Social Change

This exploratory program provides practical and applied experiences that help participants identify the social, economic, and educational value to the role that sustainability can play when seen through the lens of diversity in communities and social networks. There will also be an emphasis on applying sustainability to your personal and work life, while also measuring and sustaining change in your organizations through the use of RIT’s Framework for Inclusive Excellence.

  • Core Course: The “I” in Diversity (Understanding Inclusive Approaches) 2:15
  • Core Course: The Karma of International Diversity: A Case Study 2:00
  • Elective: Sustainability and Diversity (An Introduction): Part 1
  • Elective: Sustainability and Diversity Model (Integration): – Part 2

 

Certificate #5: Unconscious Bias

The certificate provides a unique introduction to the topic of unconscious bias, not in search processes, but in organizational climate, examining definitions, examples of, and applications in addressing the unconscious biases that we may be surprised to find in our workplace and in our own belief systems.

  • Core Course: The “I” in Diversity (Understanding Inclusive Approaches)
  • Core Course: The Karma of International Diversity: A Case Study
  • Elective: Knowing Your Own Mind: Unconscious Bias in the Workplace - Part 1
  • Elective: The Implicit Association Test – Part 2

 

Based upon a faculty/staff needs assessment, each certificate requires the attendance in the program’s two core courses, and two specified electives.

Learning outcomes are based on upon the concepts in The Framework for Inclusive Excellence and the “Intercultural Competence Value Rubric” model created by the American Association of College and Universities.

Information about enrollment and extended course descriptions may be found at The Center for Professional Development (https://www.rit.edu/fa/cpd/diversity-rit) by searching for and clicking on the program title.

Contact

Mike D'Arcangelo

Mike D'Arcangelo
Director of Diversity Education
585-475-2224
mtdpro@rit.edu

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