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Bridges: RIT’s Certificate Program regarding Diversity and Inclusive Competencies

Bridges is a competency-based training program to help impart knowledge, awareness, and skills that enhance diversity and inclusive behavior for the faculty, staff, teaching assistants, and graduate assistants of the RIT community. These programs 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 skill base that fosters common language and culture for all members of our university.  Each class is supported by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and (co-) facilitated by Mike D’Arcangelo, Director of Diversity Education, along with other faculty and staff from within the university.

Learning Outcomes

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. 

Each certificate includes: (1) two introductory core programs, and (2) three or four basic content programs that comprise the individual certificates.  These content areas are identified below.  All components of the programs and the two introductory core programs must be completed to receive one of the certificates. 

Certificate #1 - Group Communications: Inclusive Approaches

Certificate #2: Group Dynamics and Diversity

Certificate #3: Ally Development

Certificate #4: Sustainability and Social Change

Certificates are offered on an ongoing basis in conjunction with the Center for Professional Development.