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Graduate Certificate in Equity and Social Diversity

The focus of this certificate is to:

Increase understanding of the meaning of social diversity and equity (DE) in the United States
Consider the application of this knowledge to real world situations such as workplace bias and fairness, teaching environments, youth sports and recreation activities; work with and for community nonprofit agencies, and more.

Through interdisciplinary coursework, the main objectives are to offer graduate students and working professionals the necessary tools to supplement their degrees and professional positions with a stronger understanding and historical background of core domains relevant to social differences and their meanings. These domains include but are not limited to intersectional identities of race, ethnicity, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, disabilities, religion, regional background, veteran status, citizenship status and nationality.

Select courses will be offered with multiple partners across the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Education. Coursework for this program is primarily face-to-face, but limited online course options are available.

Students must develop a plan of study in consultation with and approved by a faculty advisor. This plan of study must include a concentration consisting of at least 6 credit hours of coursework in one of the three pathways.

At least one course (3 credit hours) must be taken in a pathway other than the concentration. At least two courses (6 credit hours) must be taken at the 700 level or above. 

Coursework for this certificate takes place primarily face-to-face, but limited online options are available.

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Interested in Applying?

Applications to the Graduate Certificate in Leadership Studies and the Graduate Certificate in Studies in Equity and Social Diversity in the U.S. are accepted on a rolling basis.

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