RISE Diversity Leadership Certificate Program - University of Houston
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RISE Diversity Leadership Certificate Program


Co-Sponsored by LeadUH and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion

In partnership with the Center for Student Involvement LeadUH Series, CDI offers an introductory (level 1) diversity leadership certificate program for University of Houston students, staff, and faculty. The RISE program provides engaging workshops and programs aimed at increasing participants' knowledge and understanding of their own culture and the culture of others. Improvement in these areas enhances participants' ability to effectively engage and work with diverse populations. Registration into the certificate is not required, enrollment is automatic upon attendance of any of the following workshops. Please note that the RISE program is currently only available to the UH community.

Benefits:

  1. Increase your cultural understanding of self and others.
  2. Gain marketable skills needed to work on a diverse team for future internship and employment opportunities.
  3. Receive plaque and recognition at the annual spring Campus Leaders Ceremony.

Register for Fall 2022 Workshops

Please direct questions about the RISE Diversity Leadership Certificate Program to Varselles Cummings at vlcummin@central.uh.edu.

Benefits of Participating

  1. Gain marketable skills needed to work on a diverse team for future internship and employment opportunities.
  2. Increase your cultural understanding of self and others.
  3. Receive plaque and recognition at the annual Spring Campus Leaders Ceremony.

Core Courses (Required)

Introductory Level

What does diversity even mean, and why does it matter? This workshop will discuss the meaning of diversity and explore the multiple diversities that exist. Participants enhanced understanding of how to embrace diversity in order to work more effectively across difference.

Date Time Location
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Student Center South - Skyline Room
Monday, October 3, 2022 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Virtual
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Virtual

Introductory Level

Diversity 201 allows participants to enhance their knowledge of cultural and personal identity and intersectionality. Diversity 201 is a workshop designed to expound upon topics discussed in Diversity 101. It is encouraged for participants to attend Diversity 101 before participating in this workshop.

Date Time Location
Monday, September 12, 2022 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Student Center South - Space City Room
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Virtual
Monday, November 14, 2022 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Student Center South - Skyline Room

Introductory Level

This workshop will focus on why language is important and how the words we use affect our perceptions and can sometimes influence our environment.

Date Time Location
Tuesday, September 20, 2022 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Student Center South - Skyline Room
Wednesday, October 5, 2022 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Virtual
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Virtual

Intermediate Level

This workshop explores the dynamics of power and privilege, its effect on others and society, and ways we can change our behavior in becoming better allies to alleviate barriers.

Date Time Location
Thursday, September 8, 2022 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Virtual
Tuesday, October 4, 2022 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Student Center South - Skyline Room
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Virtual

Electives

Participants may choose from any of the following options to complete 1 elective credit required for the RISE program. Workshops cannot be repeated for multiple credits.

Center for Diversity and Inclusion Workshops and Programs

Intermediate Level

Have you ever offended someone but didn't know why? This interactive workshop provides participants with awareness and understanding of the ways words and actions can unconsciously and consciously communicate derogatory or hurtful messages to others.

Date Time Location
Monday, September 26, 2022 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Student Center South - Skyline Room
Thursday, October 20, 2022 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Virtual

Intermediate Level

This workshop will provide participants with the relevant knowledge, skills and resources that will help them to better support the needs of the UH undocumented and DACA student population.

Date Time Location
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Virtual
Thursday, October 13, 2022 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Student Center South - Skyline Room

Introductory Level

In collaboration with the LGBTQ Resource Center, this workshop was designed to educate UH students, faculty, and staff on terminology, pronouns, heteronormative privilege, and inclusive practices in support of the LGBTQIA community.

As a collaboration with the LGBTQ Resource Center, interested participants will need to register through an external link, separate from the CDI General Workshop Registration form.

Fall 2022 workshop date will be announced closer to the start of the semester.

Intermediate Level

People often want to talk about Race and Racism, but many have no clue what they are and their origins in the United States. This workshop will provide historical context about race and racism in the United States and their impact on American institutions, and will explore the concept of being anti-racist.

Date Time Location
Thursday, September 29, 2022 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Student Center South - Skyline Room
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Virtual

Intermediate Level

This session will support faculty in encouraging equity and inclusion in their classroom. Material will cover information about the demographics and needs of today's students as well as inclusive classroom practices that can be used to create welcoming spaces for student success.

Date Time Location
Thursday, September 8, 2022 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Virtual
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Student Center South - Skyline Room

Intermediate Level

This session will support staff in centering equity and inclusion in their programs and daily responsibilities. Material will cover information about the demographics and needs of today's students as well as discussion about the application of DEI practices into student-facing and non-student-facing roles.

Date Time Location
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Virtual
Thursday, November 10, 2022 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Student Center South - Skyline Room

Capstone

Students
For the Spring 2022 semester, in order to complete the RISE program, students must submit their experience with the RISE Diversity Leadership Certificate Program as evidence of a learning experience for their Scarlet Seal of Excellence – Diversity. In submitting for this Scarlet Seal of Excellence, participants will reflect on how RISE supported them in developing cultural knowledge and competence, global perspective, social justice, and civic responsibility.

Staff and Faculty
For the Spring 2022 semester, in order to complete the RISE program, staff and faculty are highly encouraged to engage in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). This tool generates profiles on an individual's intercultural competence paired with an Individual Development plan -- a detailed blueprint for the individual to further develop their cultural competence.

The Center acknowledges that because of the fee associated with taking the IDI, the assessment may be cost-prohibitive to faculty and staff at the University. In these cases, CDI highly encourages those seeking to complete their capstone to explore funding from their respective departments. If funding is not available, and therefore the IDI is inaccessible to you, please reach out to Varselles Cummings for a separate capstone. We do not want cost to be a barrier for faculty and staff to complete the RISE program.


Frequently Asked Questions

Formal enrollment is not required for the RISE program, simply register for and start attending our signature workshops and you've already started!

All attendance will be tracked through Get Involved via the Center for Student Involvement. For any specific questions related to your progress in the RISE program, please email Varselles Cummings at vlcummin@central.uh.edu.

Students in the RISE program will be required to submit their resume and cover letter/personal statement to the Scarlet Seal of Excellence - Diversity. Faculty and staff seeking to complete the RISE program should email Varselles Cummings to begin the process of completing their Intercultural Development Inventory.