Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Training Certificate Course for Postdocs


Postdocs who completed DEI Training


The University of Chicago BSD Office of Postdoctoral Affairs offers Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program to postdoctoral trainees as a commitment to not only the advancement of underrepresent groups in the BSD but also training postdocs from all backgrounds on creating an inclusive research environment as they are the future research leaders. Postdocs are in a unique position where they are navigating a complex relationship of being in and leading in diverse environments and need to show they are capable of being inclusive leaders and mentors (for example – diversity statement in application packet). The 8-workshop series interactive format consists of learning diversity, equity, and inclusion skills through case studies in small and large group discussions. This program uses a curriculum offered from BSD Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

Session topics and their objectives:-

Session 1: Awareness, Knowledge, Skill, Education, & Intersectionality

Understanding the vocabulary and challenges in a research setting.

Session 2: Inclusive Language & Community Building

Language is the building block of society, so how can it be more inclusive? This session explores the important role of language in building community and how people can use language to craft inclusive work and social spaces.

Session 3: Implicit Bias: A Primer

We’ve all heard about implicit bias, but few of us understand its magnitude. This session uses the latest in behavioral science to educate you about implicit bias and the tactics you can use to reduce its impact. This session is recommended for those involved in recruitment.

Session 4: Confronting Microaggressions

Microaggressions and their impact are not always obvious or well understood. This session explores practical tools to help address them. Participants will be introduced to the concept of micro-aggression, and learn how to address them.

Session 5: Examining Privilege

This session begins a conversation about how those with social privilege can work to address the conditions that lead to the minoritization of people who do not hold those same levels of social status.

Session 6: LGBTQ Safe Space

While tremendous gains have been made in LGBTQ+ access, like marriage equality and health equities, queer and trans people continue to face obstacles in the workplace and in the examination room. This session helps participants create atmospheres where LGBTQ+ people feel included and safe.

Session 7: Anti-Racism

How can someone be anti-racist? What’s the difference between being non-racist and anti-racist? This thinkshop helps participants consider racism beyond personal prejudice and to be more active in promoting racial justice.

Session 8: Disability and Belonging