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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program

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All who wish to be part of the chemical engineering community should have equal opportunity to pursue and achieve success. Yet groups that have faced discrimination continue to face challenges when entering into or participating in engineering professions. 

That’s why we’ve created the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Certificate Program for students, staff and faculty—to raise awareness of why EDI matters, how it impacts STEM and engineering, and how to create a safe and welcoming scientific environment.

The first in the series of three online courses, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Part 1: Why It Matters in STEM and Engineering provides a basic overview of why inclusion in engineering matters and the role of unconscious bias in academia. 

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Part 2: How Does It Impact STEM and Engineering is an intermediate-level course that assesses the current state of the profession, examines key concepts in unconscious bias and offers techniques for reducing the prevalence and effect of bias in engineering.

Those who attend Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Part 3: Anti-racism and intersectionality will gain the understanding and tools necessary to mitigate bias in academia and other life situations while developing a growth mindset for equity, diversity and inclusion. 

Earn a Certificate

Undergraduate and graduate students, staff and faculty who complete all three courses will earn an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Certificate acknowledging their achievement.  

  • The definition of unconscious bias and why it matters in academia  
  • How to identify unconscious bias in academic settings 
  • The impact of unconscious bias on behaviors, decision making, social interactions, and on academic and organizational success 
  • How to recognize high-risk scenarios that may result from unconscious bias 
  • Steps toward understanding your own unconscious biases 
  • Viable steps to mitigate unconscious bias 
  • How to set goals to manage bias 
  • A review of basic equity, diversity and inclusion concepts from Module I.
  • How unconscious biases result in inequities in academia and industry
  • Identify bias in yourself and others and utilize skills to mitigate its impact
  • Describe what is needed to employ conscious change to stop bias and its unwanted consequences
  • Examine actions that can be applied in STEM and Engineering communities to foster inclusive communities

It will help foster an understanding of, along with information and tools to help students and staff in university-level STEM programs mitigate bias in academia and other life situations and to develop a growth mindset for equity, diversity, and inclusion.

  • Working professionals
  • Undergraduate Students
  • Gradudate Students
  • Faculty

Part 1

  • Welcome 
  • Overview 
  • A Matter of Diversity 
  • Principle Concepts 
  • The “Unconsciousness” of Unconscious Bias 
  • Unconscious Bias Left Unchecked 
  • Mitigating Unconscious Bias 
  • Steps to Mitigate Unconscious Bias for Leaders and Staff 
  • Don’t Give Up! 
  • Recap and Conclusion 

Part 2

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • A Review of Key Concepts
  • Barriers to Belonging, Retention and Achievement
  • Bias in Academia
  • Solving the Problem
  • Practice Scenarios
  • A Bright Future for STEM
  • Links and Additional Resources

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