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 The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is proud to present the DEI Certificate Program, a professional development opportunity in furthering discussions on diversity, equity and inclusion. This program is an excellent enhancement to your personal and professional development.


Welcome to the new format of the Foundations of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate. If you have already started the DEI Certificate and would like to know which modules you will still need to complete in the new format and/or have questions about the changes we have made, please visit our FAQ website.


Module 1 - Identity and Culture

In this first module, participants develop a nuanced understanding of the concepts of identity and culture. Considering social identity categories, personal traits, and social roles, participants examine their own identities and examine how identities may change over time. Drawing from a cultural orientations model, participants will map their own cultural orientations to consider how our cultures and identities inform one another.

Module 2 - Identity, Culture, and Conflict

Building upon the core concepts introduced in the first module, Module 2, “Identity, Culture, and Conflict,” considers ways that individuals may experience oppression or conflict due to differences in identity and culture. Participants will learn about intersectionality and will practice intersectional analysis to notice how individuals representing multiple identity categories may experience oppression differently from those representing only one marginalized identity. Further, participants will learn about the intercultural development continuum, practicing skills to move from a monocultural to an intercultural mindset. 

Module 3 - Systems & Power

Module 3, “Systems of Power,” offers participants an opportunity to learn about systems of oppression and the agency of individuals within those systems. Exploring the concept of privilege, participants build upon their familiarity with identity and intersectionality from the first two modules to note how individuals gain advantage and disadvantage within systems of oppression. Next, we turn to the concept of bias, noting how biases are one way that individuals may wittingly or unwittingly participate in systems of power. Finally, participants learn strategies that individuals and institutions can use to confront bias and work toward greater equity and inclusion for all.

Module 4 - Resistance & Allyship

In our final module, “Resistance and Allyship,” participants learn the important distinction between what it means to be an “ally” versus an “accomplice.” Activities allow participants an opportunity to practice strategies for allyship or accomplicing by responding to microaggressions and supporting specific communities. Participants are invited to reflect on their experience in the four modules, setting specific goals for applying their learning in their personal and professional lives. Facilitators will introduce opportunities available in the next level of DEI professional development, which offers more advanced study in antiracist and inclusive pedagogies and practices.

Who should take this course?

  • Professionals interested in expanding their understanding of DEI
  • P-20 Educators/Higher Education Faculty/P-20 Administrators
  • Board of Education Members
  • Community Leaders

What you get:

  • DEI Materials
  • DEI Certificate from Rowan University Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • 1 Continuing Education Credit


Credit Card Payment and Bill Me Later (invoice) options are available.

  • Free - Rowan Employees and Students (must register with your Rowan email address)
  • $200/module - RCSJ, RCBC, Rowan's Professional Development Schools, Rowan Alumni, and Employees at non-profit organizations 
  • $350/module - General Public
    • Discounted Rate:  If a member of the General Public registers for all seven modules, the total cost of the Certificate will be $1,100. To receive the discounted rate, please select the Bill Me Later option for payment and a new invoice will be generated and sent to you within 2 business days. The only option for payment at the discounted rate will be to pay by check. Please note: All 4 modules must be purchased in the same transaction to receive this discount.

Refund Policy:

No refunds will be issued if you are unable to complete the program. Registrants must commit to the full 4 modules to receive a certificate.


  • Please make sure you register under the correct item below
  • After you add an item(s) to your cart, you must proceed to 'checkout' to complete registration

Contact Information

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