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Cultivate a culture of inclusion.

Enhance your cultural competency skills that lead to a more open and inclusive work environment.

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Why take a course?

Developed by your peers

Learn from those who you know and trust while working to create a more diverse and inclusive VCU.

It takes all of us

A commitment to diversity and inclusion is your direct contribution to achieving VCU’s strategic plan.

Increase your competency

Develop and extend your skills to help navigate unconscious beliefs in your daily interactions.

Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Certificate

Starting in July 2020 Supportive environment in their workplaces. The program provides insight on how leaders can cultivate a culture of inclusion and effectively manage employees and students’ perceptual and psychological processes about difference and diversity. It also provides leaders with illustrative examples and strategies to facilitate meaningful and productive interactions, especially in collaborative and team environments.The certificate program consists of five courses: four required courses and one specialty course. Each course will consist of eight contact hours across a four-week period.

D527 Cultivating Inclusive Learning Environments

This online leadership certificate course is designed for academic and administrative leaders seeking to cultivate ideas, skills, and strategies for building an inclusive learning environment, e.g., implementing practices where ALL learners are valued, a diversity of learning preferences are considered and enable participation, and barriers to learning are removed.

D604 Diversity and Inclusion in Healthcare

This online leadership certificate course is designed to develop leadership competencies in the areas of healthcare biases and a health equity framework, as they apply to issues of workforce diversity, education, hiring and retention; patient-centered outcomes and the provision of health care; and the development of policies and programs to promote diversity and inclusion.


Starting in January 2020 The seminar series program engages faculty and staff in moderated discussions about diversity, inclusion and engagement. The seminar series program engages faculty and staff in moderated discussions about diversity, inclusion and engagement. Didactic/experiential seminars present scientific information on theory, research and best practices in diversity and inclusion in 45- and 90-minute sessions. Many seminars also encourage interactive participation and reflection for the purposes of personal and professional growth.

S402 Deconstructing Disabilities

The purpose of this seminar is to deconstruct prevailing social, economic, political, and historical factors that limit the framing of disability within the realms of compliance and legal obligation in the context of higher education.

S560 How to Incorporate Diversity into your Curriculum: An Instructor’s Guide to Delivering Inclusive Pedagogy

This three-part seminar series focuses on best practices for revising course content to incorporate learner-centered teaching methodologies that consider multiple cultural perspectives.

S744 Combating Health Inequities

The purpose of this 45-minute didactic seminar is to expose VCU faculty and staff to content focused on health equity concepts, related data, and the VCU Health Equity initiative. The seminar is intended to equip participants with a baseline level of awareness that can inform their future engagement relative to their interests or expertise. 

S903 Implicit Bias in Healthcare

This experiential seminar is designed to cultivate self-awareness of implicit bias in health sciences professionals, and to help them consider the impact of their bias on patient care.

S910 Using Experiential Exercises to Teach Social Justice

In this 90-minute seminar, participants will learn about three experiential learning models relative to teaching content on diversity, oppression, and social justice as well as guidelines for preparing for, implementing, and evaluating these types of exercises.

S922 Disabilities and the Accessible Classrooms

Through case studies and discussion, participants will evaluate the resources available at VCU, explore best practices, assess practical considerations, and develop strategies for accommodating a wide range of disabilities.

S937 Feedback Conversations in Diverse Teams

This 90-minute seminar is designed for faculty and staff who understand the benefits of feedback exchanges, appreciate differences, and would like to move conversations to a new level, i.e. from a top-down interaction to an inclusive dialogue and partnership.

S946 Gender: Beyond the Binary

Attendees of this 90-minute seminar will leave with better knowledge of who genderqueer and non-binary people are, a stronger grasp of terminology and definitions to guide inclusive language practices, and increased awareness of the current social and political context as it applies to genderqueer and non-binary people.

S948 Disability and Neurodiversity

This 90-minute experiential seminar will cover the basics of population size, appropriate terminology (including people-first vs. identity-first language), personal disclosures of barriers, and key accessibility issues at VCU and in the surrounding community.


Starting in January 2020 The training program applies a service-impact approach to target problem areas within academic and administrative units. Trainings offer focused interventions and involve highly interactive activities such as role play, theater and cases. Trainings are offered in both half-day and full-day options.

T159 Rehearsing for Change: Fostering Inclusivity in Academic and Administrative Units

In increasingly diverse workplaces, intercultural conflicts may arise and are often related to lack of awareness of differences, power and privilege in hierarchical relationships, differences in verbal and non-verbal communication and misinterpretation. Through critical reflection, group dialogue, and interactive theater and role play activities, this training provides opportunities for participants to generate and rehearse responses to challenging situations related to intercultural conflict.

T218 Creating an Age Inclusive Academic Workplace

This personally transformative training program will approach the intertwined topics of ageism, adultism, and ableism from the perspective of the intersectional self, based on cutting edge empirical research by VCU faculty in the Gerontology Department (Gendron, Inker &  Welleford, 2017). The outcome of the training will be a strengthened ability to act as an age ally within and beyond the workplace in the creation of a more just society.



Starting in January 2020 The 50-minute workshop focuses on ‘tipping point topics’ which can tilt the problem-opportunity equation in favor of the units seeking to improve performance outcomes. Hands-on workshops (HOW) include a hands-on demonstration and problem-solving discussion designed to help the unit focus on improving their approach to specific diversity and inclusion issues.

W556 Inclusive Recruitment Practices

Led by RIC champions, this workshop helps participants understand the relevant policies, practices and resources related to the recruitment and interview processes at VCU, and the unique role of RIC representatives and human resource professionals. Participants will learn about the role of implicit bias and the impact of structural and institutional policies on recruitment, application review, and the interview process.