Preparing Culturally Aware Leaders for a Multicultural World

I have been able to reflect on how others live each day, differently than I do. 

2016-2017 DLC Participant

The UNE Diversity Leadership Certificate is a co-curricular leadership development program designed to increase undergraduate students’ awareness about multicultural and social justice issues and provide opportunities for experiential learning with diverse communities. Participants who complete the 20+ hour year-long program receive a Diversity Leadership Certificate of Completion that they can include on their UNE co-curricular transcript and resume.

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Why participate in the Diversity Leadership Certificate Program?

Students who successfully complete the Diversity Leadership Certificate will be able to:

  • Analyze their own identities and describe how their personal worldview is shaped by cultural factors.
  • Identify and critique personal assumptions and biases.
  • Describe how privilege and power contribute to social injustices.
  • Define the concept of ‘cultural humility’ and its main characteristics.
  • Demonstrate humility and sensitivity to others through service opportunities in local communities.

Diversity Leadership Certificate Program Requirements

  1. Complete the Online orientation to culture and identity
  2. Participate in four interactive workshops
    • Unconscious Bias
    • Gender and Sexuality (LGBTQ Safe Space Program)
    • Race and Racism
    • Class and Classism
  3. Attend a minimum of five on-campus approved events
  4. Attend a minimum of one spiritual place other than one with which you identify (for example, a mosque, Greek Orthodox church, Native Peoples’ Pow Wow, Quaker service, Shabbat dinner, Wiccan ceremony, etc.)
  5. Complete a minimum of one community service opportunity
    • Each participant volunteers at one community site working with a diverse community or issue. Past service opportunities have included working with the Boys & Girls Club, Preble Street Soup Kitchen, NAACP and Portland Public Schools. These activities are coordinated by students in the Advanced tier of the Certificate program, in coordination with the Office of Citizenship and Civic Engagement.
  6. Final reflection paper
    • Each participant is expected to pass in at least a 3-page summary and evaluation of their program experience that demonstrates an  understanding of Cultural Humility, strategies for changing oppressive structures and advocacy/allyship, at the completion of the Diversity Leadership Certificate Program.

All participants are enrolled in an online curriculum. To register, email Erica Rousseau at erousseau1@une.edu. Participants are required to submit a reflection of their experiences after each milestone in the program. An advanced curriculum is available for students interested in pursuing further learning.

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