Committed Coog Faculty and Staff Certificate Program - University of Houston
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Committed Coog Faculty and Staff Certificate Program

The Committed Coog Diversity Leadership Certificate provides engaging workshops and programs aimed at increasing staff and faculty's awareness and understanding of their own culture and the culture of others. Improvement in these areas enhances participants' ability to effectively support our diverse student population and work in inclusive teams.

The Committed Coog Diversity Leadership Certificate program is led by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and managed through the Get Involved platform accessible through Access UH. There is no formal registration required to get the certificate. Attendance is tracked at each workshop that you attend and your progress is automatically updated. Please note that the Committed Coog Diversity Certificate is currently only available to the UH community.

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Benefits of Participating

  • Receive current and relevant information to increase cultural understanding of self and others
  • Increase understanding the perceptual and institutional structures that impact the ways people interact
  • Increase awareness on diversity and develop an inclusive mindset
  • Gain skills needed to effectively support a diverse campus community
  • Receive the Committed Coog placard and promote workplace sensitivity

Register for Fall 2022 Workshops

Please direct questions about the Committed Coog Certificate Program to Carlie Pierre at cjpierre@central.uh.edu.

Core Courses (Required)

Introductory Level

What does diversity even mean, and why does it matter? This workshop will discuss the meaning of diversity and explore the multiple diversities that exist. Participants enhanced understanding of how to embrace diversity in order to work more effectively across difference.

Date Time Location
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Student Center South - Skyline Room
Monday, October 3, 2022 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Virtual
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Virtual

Introductory Level

Diversity 201 allows participants to enhance their knowledge of cultural and personal identity and intersectionality. Diversity 201 is a workshop designed to expound upon topics discussed in Diversity 101. It is encouraged for participants to attend Diversity 101 before participating in this workshop.

Date Time Location
Monday, September 12, 2022 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Student Center South - Space City Room
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Virtual
Monday, November 14, 2022 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Student Center South - Skyline Room

Introductory Level

This workshop will focus on why language is important and how the words we use affect our perceptions and can sometimes influence our environment.

Date Time Location
Tuesday, September 20, 2022 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Student Center South - Skyline Room
Wednesday, October 5, 2022 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Virtual
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Virtual

Intermediate Level

This workshop explores the dynamics of power and privilege, its effect on others and society, and ways we can change our behavior in becoming better allies to alleviate barriers.

Date Time Location
Thursday, September 8, 2022 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Virtual
Tuesday, October 4, 2022 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Student Center South - Skyline Room
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Virtual

Electives

Participants may choose from any of the following options to complete 1 elective credit required for the Committed Coog program. Workshops cannot be repeated for multiple credits.

Intermediate Level

Have you ever offended someone but didn't know why? This interactive workshop provides participants with awareness and understanding of the ways words and actions can unconsciously and consciously communicate derogatory or hurtful messages to others.

Date Time Location
Monday, September 26, 2022 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Student Center South - Skyline Room
Thursday, October 20, 2022 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Virtual

Intermediate Level

This workshop will provide participants with the relevant knowledge, skills and resources that will help them to better support the needs of the UH undocumented and DACA student population.

Date Time Location
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Virtual
Thursday, October 13, 2022 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Student Center South - Skyline Room

Introductory Level

In collaboration with the LGBTQ Resource Center, this workshop was designed to educate UH students, faculty, and staff on terminology, pronouns, heteronormative privilege, and inclusive practices in support of the LGBTQIA community.

As a collaboration with the LGBTQ Resource Center, interested participants will need to register through an external link, separate from the CDI General Workshop Registration form.

Date Time Location
Wednesday, November 2, 2022 12:30pm – 2:00pm TBD

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Intermediate Level

People often want to talk about Race and Racism, but many have no clue what they are and their origins in the United States. This workshop will provide historical context about race and racism in the United States and their impact on American institutions, and will explore the concept of being anti-racist.

Date Time Location
Thursday, September 29, 2022 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Student Center South - Skyline Room
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Virtual

Intermediate Level

This session will support staff in centering equity and inclusion in their programs and daily responsibilities. Material will cover information about the demographics and needs of today's students as well as discussion about the application of DEI practices into student-facing and non-student-facing roles.

Date Time Location
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Virtual
Thursday, November 10, 2022 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Student Center South - Skyline Room

Staff and Faculty Capstone

To complete the Committed Coog program, staff and faculty are highly encouraged to engage in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) at a cost of $50. This tool generates profiles on an individual's intercultural competence paired with an Individual Development plan -- a detailed blueprint for the individual to further develop their cultural competence.

The Center acknowledges that the IDI assessment may be cost-prohibitive to faculty and staff. If IDI is inaccessible to you due to a lack of professional development or departmental funding, please reach out to Carlie Pierre for a separate capstone. We do not want cost to be a barrier for faculty and staff to complete the Committed Coog program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Formal enrollment is not required for the program, simply register and start attending our signature workshops and you've already started!

All attendance will be tracked through Get Involved via the Center for Student Involvement. For any specific questions related to your progress in the program, please email Carlie Pierre at cjpierre@central.uh.edu.