Inclusion Champion Certification
Offered through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Diversity Champion certification provides colleges, divisions, and departments with training and education designed for faculty and staff on foundational concepts in diversity and inclusion. Participants will gain a common body of knowledge and skills to contribute to an inclusive professional environment at UCF.
President Hitt’s fourth goal for UCF is to “become more inclusive and diverse.” Why do we put so much emphasis and effort on diversity and inclusion? As employees of an institution of higher learning, we have a responsibility to broaden our knowledge and understanding of the diverse community in which we work and interact, and to ensure that all in our community feel accepted and included.
In addition to broadening perspectives and leveraging our differences to produce better outcomes, offering our employees the opportunity to learn about diversity and inclusion brings with it many intrinsic benefits—most importantly, helping people be understood and valued. By focusing on a common goal of increasing inclusivity, we can create an environment where teamwork has the fertile foundation to take root and grow. Through training, employees who don’t usually work together on a daily basis can learn side-by-side with a co-worker or someone from another department, and the “city” we call UCF can become just a little bit smaller and more familiar.
No time for training? Consider how much time would be available if our team members respected and supported those they encounter, rather than raising concerns about perceived differences. Personnel hours invested in dealing with interpersonal issues can be better spent building a cohesive, collaborative, and positive work environment. An investment in training can make all the difference!
Number of Inclusion Champions in Administration and Finance
Departments with Inclusion Champions
Environmental Health and Safety, Facilities Operations, UCF Police
A&F Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Amy Childs, Marjorie Chusmir. Tania Gutierrez-Catasus, Rachelle Lehner, Tee Rogers, Lee Williams-Lana
Inclusion Champion Requirements
Complete the three core courses (must be after July 1, 2007)
- ABCs of Diversity
- Inclusive Communication
- Understanding Power and Privilege
Complete 6 hours of additional elective hours (must be after July 1, 2016).