Diversity at The University of Toledo

Culture Building Institute Diversity Certificate

Sponsored by Equity, Diversity & Community Engagement (EDCE) in collaboration with the Office of Quality and Continuous Learning (OQCL) the Culture Building Institute Diversity Certificate provides further education about the topic of diversity and engages the campus community in dialogue and discussion addressing relevant issues.

Any current UT employee is eligible to participate in the program free of charge. Registration is required, please contact Eva Curtis in OQCL, via email Eva.curtis@utoledo.edu or phone 419.530.2036. All sessions will take place in Rocket Hall 1530 (Rocket Room) unless otherwise noted. 

The UT Culture Building Institute Diversity Certificate consists of the following seminars.

Mandatory Sessions

Interpersonal Communication
Feb. 26, 2016 • 9a.m. – 4:30 p.m. • RH 1530
Facilitator: Dr. Shanda Gore. Chief Diversity Officer, Associate Vice President of Equity, Diversity, and Community Engagement
This course is designed to give participants a working knowledge of issues of diversity in the workplace. Topics covered include conflict resolution, teambuilding, stereotypes, microaggressions, cross-cultural communication and terminology.
Learning Outcome: Identify Diversity issues in the workplace, groups and teams.

Harassment and Bullying
Mar. 1, 2016 • 1p.m. – 4:30 p.m. • TH 0152
Facilitator: Dr. Lisa Kovach, Associate Professor, Educational Psychology Program, Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership
This session will provide participants with information on concerns, laws, and responses to issues of harassment including sexual harassment and bullying.
Learning Outcome: Relate federal and state laws as they apply to all forms of harassment, including bullying.

Gender and Gender Identity
Mar. 16, 2016 • 1p.m. – 4:30 p.m. • RH 1530
Facilitator: Dr. Jamie Barlowe, Dean and Professor, College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences
This seminar focuses on gender roles as reflected in current issues and influences. Topics explored include gender inequity, gender assignment, gender identity, gender expression, feminism and gender messages in American pop culture.
Learning Outcome: Discuss gender roles, current issues and influences.

Supplier Diversity & Minority Business Development
Mar. 22, 2016 • 1p.m. – 4:30 p.m. • Scott Park Campus Student Center 1080c
Facilitators: Mr. Erik Johnson, Manager,  Minority Business Development Center and Ms. Jen Pastorek , Sr. Director, Supply Chain Management, Purchasing
This seminar is designed to familiarize participants with the form and function of Supplier Diversity Programs and community based Minority Business Development Programs. UT policy and procedure related to minority supplier purchasing will be reviewed and the impact of such programs on local economies will also be discussed.
Learning Outcome: Identify the form and function of Supplier Diversity Programs and community-based Minority Business Development Programs.

Building a Culture of Diversity
Mar.  30, 2016 • 1p.m. – 4:30 p.m. • TH 0152
Facilitator: Dr. Rosa Githiora. Assistant Director, Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement and Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women
Human diversity requires the interaction of varied cultures. The focus of this seminar is to examine the impact and implications of these interactions in their multiplicities. Topics covered will include workplace diversity, privilege, terminology, stereotypes, microaggressions, diversity ad inclusion research and best practices.
Learning Outcome: Examine the impact and broad implications of social interaction of diverse cultures.

Ending Ableism
Apr. 20, 2016 • 1p.m. – 4:30 p.m. • RH 1530
Facilitator: Dr. Enjie Hall. ADA Compliance Officer, Internal Audit & Compliance
This course is designed to provide participants an opportunity to learn about ableism from the disability prospective. Topics explored will include disability as an aspect of diversity, the models of disability, the language of ableism, ideas and perceptions about disability, the portrayal of disability in media, and the role of technology.
Learning Outcome: Identify the occurrence of ableism along with its impact and consequences

Optional Sessions

Global Citizenship
Mar. 2, 2016 • 1p.m. – 4:30 p.m. • TH 0152
Facilitators: Mr. Peter Thomas Associate Director, Office of International Student and Scholar Services and Mr. Alex Wrege, ESL Specialist, American Language Institute-Administration
This workshop is designed to empower participants in viewing themselves as global citizens. The concept of global citizenship will be explored from the UT International students perspective. Opportunities to enhance global citizenship skills and experiences will also be discussed. Topics covered include cross cultural communication, managing language barriers and international travel.
Learning Outcome: Discuss concepts of global citizenship to enhance cross cultural communication and relationships with international students.  

Building a Bridge to Successful Aging
Mar. 14, 2016 • 1p.m. – 4:30 p.m. • RH 1530

Facilitator: Dr. Victoria Steiner, Assistant Administrative Director, Center for Successful Aging and Associate Professor
Participants will be guided through a discussion on aging in America. Topics covered include concepts of successful aging, demographics and trends, age related sensory and physical changes, ageism and age discrimination and caregiving.  A presentation of local aging resources and services will also be given.
Learning Outcome: Discuss national issues related to our aging population.

Measuring Diversity
Apr. 6, 2016 • 1p.m. – 4:30 p.m. • RH 1530
Facilitator: Dr. Shanda Gore. Associate Vice President of Equity, Diversity, and Community Engagement
Participants will learn how to measure diversity and why the practice is critical to success. Topics covered include diversity plans, UT’s climate survey, and program/service evaluations and assessment tools.
Learning Outcome: Identify means to measure diversity to ensure success and growth in business.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is the Culture Building Institute (CBI) For?
A: The Culture Building Institute Diversity Certificate is designed for any current UT employee or student. 

Q: How do I earn the certificate?
A: To earn the certificate participants must complete the first six seminars then any five of the optional ten. If you are unable to attend every session, you can complete your certificate in the following semester by attending the required sessions missed in the previous semester. 

Q: Will completing the certificate count towards my diversity training requirement?
A: Yes but only upon completion of the entire diversity certificate.  

How Do I Register?
A: To register for this Certificate Program or any individual session within this program, click here for the registration form and send the completed form to Eva Curtis in the Office of Quality and Continuous Learning. 

Eva.curtis@utoledo.edu  Phone: 419.530.2036  Fax: 419.530.6177

Who do I call with any questions?
A: For more information about this Certificate Program or any individual session within this program, contact Dr. Rosa Githiora from Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement. 

rosa.githiora@utoledo.edu  419.530.8573

More Opportunities?
If you are enrolled as a UT graduate student, you can enroll in the Master's Diversity Certificate. Click here to find out more information.

Last Updated: 2/4/16