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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.

What attendees are saying

"I thought this was a valuable, useful course. I have already begun implementing some of what I learned."

-- Senior Administrator

"I loved this course. I did not have a good understanding of implicit bias prior to this course. I learned a great deal."

-- Dean

"This course provided lots of opportunities for me to reflect upon my past experiences and on my current administrative role."

-- Program Manager

Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Certificate

The certificate 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. Learn more

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Cultivating Inclusive Learning Environments D527

This 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 students/learners are valued, a diversity of learning preferences are considered and enable participation, and barriers to learning are removed.

Diversity and Inclusion in Healthcare D604

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.

Advancing Diversity and Equity in Corporate Settings D707

Whether individuals go above and beyond in their work role depends on how empowered they are and whether they feel their unique strengths and experiences are being leveraged and utilized. This course will specifically focus on the ways in which leaders can create such environments through the facilitation of practices, procedures, and policies which bring about a more diverse and inclusive work environment.

Fundamentals of Diversity and Inclusion D105

Fundamentals of Diversity and Inclusion provides an overview of the most recent and compelling developments in the field of diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the workplace. This course aims to improve leaders’ understanding of D&I by providing definitions, strategies and activities that ultimately will strengthen their confidence in addressing present and future needs of their organization.

Implicit Bias and Microaggressions D202

This course contributes to diversity and inclusion education by providing participants with foundational knowledge and skills for reducing implicit biases and microaggressions. Four weekly modules provide opportunities for participants to gain awareness and knowledge, and analyze and evaluate situations involving implicit bias and microaggressions.

Leading Diverse Teams D309

Effective teamwork requires that each individual in the diverse team feels valued, included, and able to contribute in a psychologically-safe way. Anticipating and solving the problems of today and tomorrow in our organizations requires that individuals work well in teams and that the experience of working in teams is life-giving rather than life-depleting to ensure high levels of well-being rather than burnout and disengagement.

Building an Inclusive Community D400

Leaders are in the unique position to leverage their power to make a difference and truly build an inclusive community. Advanced concepts will be presented as the learner consolidates prior learning to further develop key leadership skills required to nurture an inclusive community in their workplace. Learners will strengthen their confidence for interrupting oppression and cycles of inequity with compassion and empathy.


The seminar series engage 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. Most seminars are 90 minutes long to encourage interactive participation and reflection for the purpose of personal and professional growth. Contact Jan Altman at iexcel@vcu.edu if you would like to arrange a seminar for your department or group.


The purpose of this 45-minute didactic seminar is to raise awareness of health inequities, including local and historical 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.


This 90-minute seminar is designed to increase understanding of diversity, inclusion and equity concepts and the practices that sustain them. Learning outcomes include tools for scanning power dynamics in the environment, setting inclusion-related goals for each level within the system and incorporating actionable practices toward creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Feedback Conversations in Diverse Teams S937

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.

Gender: Beyond the Binary S946

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.


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


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.


Cultivate self-awareness of implicit bias in the workplace and help participants consider the impact of their bias on workplace culture. 


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, and are only available by request. Contact Jan Altman at iexcel@vcu.edu if you would like to arrange a training for your department or group.

Executive Leadership Diversity and Inclusion Training

These half-day sessions are designed by fellow executives and take leaders on a journey through an engaging and immersive curriculum culminating in a cogent leadership approach towards building and leading diverse teams. More information is available on this website.

Creating an Age Inclusive Academic Workplace T218

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.


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

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.


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. Contact Jan Altman at iexcel@vcu.edu if you would like to arrange a workshop for your department or group.

Inclusive Recruitment Practices W556

Led by RIC champions, this workshop helps participants understand the relevant policies, practices and resources related to the VCU recruitment and interview process, 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. Often there is little time to craft an overall recruitment process that effectively attracts qualified diverse candidates, so this workshop can help participants to better be prepared. 

Immunity To Change (ITC) Workshop W570

The Immunity to Change (ITC) workshops help units discover why change can be difficult by illuminating hidden barriers to change within us. Immunities to change may also make it difficult to deal optimally with a crisis, like the one we are currently facing. The ITC workshops are conducted online by trained facilitators, and teams can use new insights to identify actionable strategies to recruit, retain, and advance a diverse workforce at VCU, especially during unusually challenging times. 

Virginia Commonwealth University
Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success
912 West Grace Street, 2nd Floor
Richmond, VA 23284

Phone: (804) 828-8947
Email: iexcel@vcu.edu
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