Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Training Certificate Course for Postdocs

The University of Chicago BSD Office of Postdoctoral Affairs offers a Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program to postdoctoral trainees as a commitment to not only the advancement of underrepresent groups in the BSD but also to train 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.

Why would you want to take this course?
– You will begin drafting your diversity statement under the guidance of the office of DEI to be used on faculty and grant applications.
– Each session will include a brief paragraph reflection assignment and online discussions over Canvas, these reflections will build into a complete diversity statement at the end of the course.
–  Make yourself a more competitive for faculty positions by developing an inclusive teaching and mentorship strategy and receiving an official certification in DEI.
– In addition to the certification on your CV, the discussion-based component of this course will strongly aid you in faculty interviews, particularly when interacting with students.
–  Learn how to study and continue conversations about D&I topics using a scientific and inclusive approach.

Session topics and objectives:

Session 1: Examining Privilege: In this session we learn how to organize our thinking about how individuals are stratified in society based on their identity.

Session 2: Implicit Bias: 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 3: LGBTQ+ Safe Spaces [In the lab]:  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 4: 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 5: Disability Inclusion: Apply the concept of universal design to your daily lab activities. How could one of your lab’s jobs be modified to be more accessible using universal design?

Session 6: 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 7: Inclusive language: 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 8: Reflection Question Discussion