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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.

Each certificate requires completion of two introductory core programs, and also the three basic programs which comprise each content area.  Both introductory core programs and all three components of programs must be completed to receive one of the certificates. 

Each class is supported by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and facilitated by Mike D’Arcangelo, Director of Diversity Education, along with other faculty and staff from within the university.

The classes are based on a variety of information and assessments that have been designed to reflect the interests, professional growth, and challenges of the RIT community. 

Each class contributes to the development of a conceptual base and skill that fosters common language and culture for all members of the university. 

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.

Offered annually each year, beginning in the Fall semester.  See the CPD class offerings.

What do participants say about Bridges?

  • “Refreshing”
  • “Continued developing awareness on inclusion.
  • “I think it’s great how your class seems to change as you go along (the next will grow/change from what you learned from ours).”
  • “Thought-provoking.”
  • “Very helpful, specific ideas. Thank you!”
  • “Appreciate the facilitator’s explanation of this thought process for the workshop.”
  • “This would be a great workshop for [entire] depts. to complete.”
  • “Powerful exercises, watch time- went over by 6 minutes.”
  • “Mike did a wonderful job presenting the material – understands and communicates the material very well!”


Mike D'Arcangelo

Mike D'Arcangelo
Director of Diversity Education


The program offers four certificates that are designed to enhance work-related skills at the university. The four certificates are: