Preparing Culturally Aware Leaders for a Multicultural World
The UNE Diversity Leadership Certificate is a co-curricular leadership development program for students that is designed to increase your awareness about intercultural and social justice issues and provide opportunities for experiential learning with diverse communities. Once you complete the 18+ hour year-long program, you receive a Diversity Leadership Certificate of Completion that you can include on your co-curricular transcript and resume.
Why participate in the Diversity Leadership Certificate Program?
- Develop a better understanding of your own unique cultural background and cultural filters.
- Gain a deeper understanding of other cultural norms, habits and beliefs that may differ from your own worldview.
- Develop a greater understanding of and empathy for social justice issues and how bias and oppression can affect different populations.
- Broaden your horizons through experiential learning opportunities and interacting with people from diverse communities.
- Begin a life-long journey of striving towards “cultural competency” for your own personal development. or career and professional goals.
Diversity Leadership Certificate Program Requirements
Participate in five interactive workshops (8+ hours)
- Orientation on Culture/Cultural Messages
- Workshop on Bias, Stereotypes and Oppression
- Workshop on Class/Classism
- Workshop on Race/Racism
- LGBTQ Safe Space Training
Attend a minimum of four on-campus approved events (6+ hours)
- Diversity Lecture Series events
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration events
- Multicultural themed Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) events
- Global Humanities, Core Connections lecture series events with multicultural/diverse themes
- Other pre-approved educational lectures and programs
Respond to three journal prompts about the program experience during the year
- A journal prompt will be given after each learning unit/workshop, asking you to further reflect upon what you have learned about each theme and to further explore questions, observations and learning outcomes from the program experience.
Experience two community-based learning opportunities/community immersions
- Attend one religious/spiritual event (preferably off-campus) to learn about an interfaith, religious or spiritual tradition different from your own (2+ hours).
- Volunteer at one community site working with a diverse community/issue (2+ hours).
Pass in a final reflection paper at the end of the program experience
- You are expected to pass in at least a 3-page summary and evaluation of your program experience at the completion of the Diversity Leadership Certificate Program.