DEI Trainings/DEI Certificate Program
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:
- 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.
- 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.
Online enrollment for the DEI Certificate Program is available to UNC SOM faculty and staff.
DEI Certificate Program Enrollment
2020-2021 Training Schedules
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elective Courses Previously Offered Through the DEI Certificate Program
- “Can We Talk about Race?” at the Ackland Museum (Oct 2019)
- Poverty Simulation (October 2019)
- Health Care Safe Zone (January 2020, September 2020)
Additional Courses Accepted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the DEI Certificate
- Racial Equity Institution Phase 1 or Phase 2 Training (2 day training)
- Safe Zone
- Opening Doors
For more information, contact Dr. Stephanie Brown.