UW-Green Bay is Meeting the Demand Locally and Across the U.S. for Inclusivity Training

Now enrolling new sessions for April & May

Green Bay, Wis.—What started as a pilot program for Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity earlier this year at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is now registering for its third session. The program is attracting a diverse group of professionals throughout Wisconsin and from states as far afield as Florida, California and New York. Businesses and organizations are registering entire teams for the online training and looking forward to onsite customized trainings in the near future.

Joining the national call for racial justice, UW-Green Bay’s Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement hosted a webinar to evaluate interest in a certificate program dedicated to nurturing environments of diversity, equity and inclusion at work, at home and in our communities. The webinar’s response initiated the launch of the foundational (Level 1) program in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in November 2020. A Level 2 program was added January of 2021.

“The launching of this certificate program focused on equity, diversity, and inclusion speaks to UW-Green Bay’s responsiveness and commitment to being a community beacon for advancing for racial justice,” says  the University’s Vice Chancellor for University Inclusivity & Student Affairs, Corey King.

The primary instructor for the course is Reverend Lex Cade-White, who has facilitated dialogues and conversations in communities and congregations about race, class, gender, and spirituality for more than 10 years and has done research on race and multiculturalism and comparisons around feminism, race and religion.

About the program, Rev. Cade-White said, “Level 1 participants in the first course engaged in very rich astute questions, reflection and growth around what they see DEI looking like, what they hope for it and how they can improve and sustain things. The students interested in the deeper dive gained in Level 2 are looking forward to gaining more tools and awareness to better apply concepts to their workplaces and organizations.”

Each level is five weeks in duration and takes place 100 percent online, comprised of online self-study and a virtual discussion and panel presentation. Panelists are experts from the community or University and have included Stacie Christian, director of Inclusive Excellence and the Pride Center at UW-Green Bay, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion professional speaker and facilitator Lisa Koenecke. In each session, participants learn as a cohort and build on their self-study with discussion groups and peer to peer learning.

Response to the program has been effusive and enthusiastic.

“The program is amazing!” said Ultimate Medical Company’s (Tampa, Fl) Director of Talent Heather Fleetwood. “I am already using so much in my job.”

Other participants have commented that the program is the most thorough, providing outstanding value and return on investment.

Level 1 (Foundational) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is enrolling now, and sessions will begin the week of April 19. Level 2 (Advanced) is also enrolling for two cohorts with sessions beginning the weeks of March 15 and May 3, respectively. Level 1 is a prerequisite for Level 2.

To learn more about the program, visit the program website at http://www.uwgb.edu/continuing-professional-education/certificate-programs/diversity-equity-and-inclusion/ or contact Tammy Clausen, Business Development Specialist at 715-504-3305 or clausent@uwgb.edu.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Established in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving 8,970 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and 79,604 continuing education enrollees each year across all campus locations. We educate students from pre-college through retirement and offer 200+ degrees, programs and certificates. UW-Green Bay graduates are resilient, inclusive, sustaining and engaged members of their communities, ready to rise to fearlessly face challenges, solve problems and embrace diverse ideas and people. With four campus locations, the University welcomes students from every corner of the world. In 2020, UW-Green Bay was the fastest growing UW school in Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

About UW-Green Bay’s Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement
The Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement focuses its mission on creating educational opportunity and access for all ages, encompassing K-12 student programs, personal and professional development and customized training to meet the needs of a progressive economy. The division develops, collaborates and executes responsive solutions for diverse communities statewide, all of which reflect a deep commitment to inclusion, social justice and civic responsibility. For more information, visit: http://www.uwgb.edu/continuing-education/


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