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 accepted 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 regular basis 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.
The four elective workshops can be options offered through the ODEI or other select workshops specified below:
- Racial Justice workshop (offered by ODEI)
- Relational Leadership at Carolina – learn more about the RLI Program at Relational-Leadership@Carolina_Spring2021 and email Relational_Leadership@unc.edu with questions.
- Racial Equity Institute’s Phase 1 or Phase 2 (2-day training)
- Safe Zone (standard) or Health Care Safe Zone – offered by the UNC LGBTQ Center – Once completed, please forward your certificate to Isaiah Mckeithan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- About Health Care Safe Zone Training – (move the description of this training from the list of offerings to here) – 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.
- Opening Doors (sponsored by UNC SOM HR)
- “Can We Talk About Race?” (offered at the Ackland Museum)
- Poverty Simulation (offered by the UNC Center for Health Equity Research)
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
When you believe you have met the requirements of the certificate, please reach out to Isaiah Mckeithan (email@example.com) to confirm workshop attendance and receive your certificate.
2022-2023 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.
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.
For more information, contact Dr. Stephanie Brown.