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The DEI Certificate Program is a new initiative from the SOM Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in support of the 2019 SOM Strategic Plan to foster an inclusive workplace environment. The program’s curriculum offers workshops and trainings designed to broaden awareness about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion topics among the SOM faculty/staff and deepen engagement with and between individuals in the SOM at all levels – from patients to leadership. The workshops offered as part of the certificate program address a broad array of DEI topics, including those related to race and ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, culture and religion, socioeconomic status, and more.

DEI Program Structure

To earn the SOM DEI Certificate, program participants must complete six approved DEI offerings (2 required and 4 elective workshops). Workshops will be offered on a rotating basis (2-3 per semester) and we anticipate that it will take at least 3 semesters to complete the certificate requirements.

Two workshops will be requirements for certificate completion:

  1. Unconscious Bias – This workshop explores unintended/implicit bias and introduces foundational concepts that are necessary to additional engagement with DEI-related topics and issues. This workshop will be offered monthly throughout the year, and is strongly recommended to be first training that participants attend.
  2. Respecting All – This workshop explores biased behavior prevalent in the SOM and responses to these acts of disrespect and discrimination. The workshop will be offered 1-2 times per year.

Who Should Participate?

This program is for SOM faculty and staff. Individuals within the SOM should take advantage of this program as a means to learn about DEI topics and to build inclusion into your department/unit and across the institution.

School of Medicine educational leaders (including course directors) participating in this program in order to enhance the learning environment, please contact Stephanie Brown for additional information.

Enrollment
Online enrollment for the DEI Certificate Program is available to UNC SOM faculty and staff.
DEI Certificate Program Enrollment

Completion

When you believe you have met the requirements of the certificate, please reach out to Isaiah Mckeithan (isaiah_mckeithan@med.unc.edu) to confirm workshop attendance and receive your certificate.

2020-2021 Training Schedules

Unconscious Bias*

Explores unintended/implicit bias and introduces foundational concepts that are necessary to additional engagement with DEI-related topics and issues. This workshop will be offered monthly throughout the year, and is strongly recommended to be first training that participants attend.

Nov 09

Unconscious Bias

November 9 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Dec 01

Unconscious Bias

December 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Respecting All*

This workshop explores microaggressions and biased behavior prevalent in the SOM and provides participants tools with which to intervene when witnessing acts of disrespect and discrimination.

Nov 18

Respecting All

November 18 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dec 02

Respecting All

December 2 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Health Care Safe Zone Training*

Health Care Safe Zone is a four-hour alternative to Standard Safe Zone that similarly introduces concepts, terminology, and resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.The curriculum also covers LGBTQ health disparities, health resources, and common health professional scenarios, along with a terminology primer and strategies for allyship. This training is intended to address concerns particular to Health Care professionals.

Visit the UNC LGBTQ Center website to register for either Standard Safe Zone or Health Care Safe Zone. Once completed, please forward your certificate to Isaiah Mckeithan (isaiah_mckeithan@med.unc.edu)

Racial Justice*

This workshop addresses structural racism in the United States. The workshop explores the history of race as a social construct and the effects of racism on our education and health care systems. It also engages participants in a discussion of how to combat structural racism within the School of Medicine.

Nov 02

Racial Justice Workshop

November 2 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dec 03

Racial Justice Workshop

December 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

Workshops Accepted as Electives for the DEI Certificate

Contact
For more information, contact Dr. Stephanie Brown.