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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Realize the true promise of diversity, equity and inclusion — in yourself, in your organization, in your community — by developing a deeper understanding of the language and legacy of race and ethnicity. According to a McKinsey and Company Study, organizations with a diverse and inclusive workforce are 35% more likely to have above-average profit margins.

We have launched a new noncredit Certificate Program, which will create a shared understanding based on terminology, general cultural context, as well as determining how and what communities and workplaces can do to be more inclusive, equitable and multicultural.

About the Certificate Program

Eight Week Modules

Cost: $799 | Register Today! 
Space is limited


In the DEI Certificate Program, we will discuss the complexities of cultural and societal biases and how they manifest in our conversations, interactions, and engagement with workplaces and community. Over the course of eight weeks, you will gain a deeper understanding of the language, ramifications, and short-and long-term outcomes of these biases. We will be examining culture regarding class, race, sexuality, ability, and gender specifically. We will explore two identities more thoroughly, relating to classism and socioeconomic realities and mental health and illness. We will review the content and concepts across identities and how they may present themselves at work, in organizations and communities of diverse people. You will be provided with an understanding of the structures in place that create group dynamic, group thinking and culture of and around inclusion and exclusion. You will also develop a DEI project action plan for how you might create a change needed in your particular work, organization or community.
The program also includes five virtual/live sessions which will provide opportunities to further your consideration and discussion about identities and topics of interest as well as engage in deeper dive conversations. Participants must attend a minimum of two of the optional one-hour sessions and are welcome and encouraged to attend all. The program will conclude with a mandatory 90-minute virtual/live panel discussion with experts doing DEI work. 

Who Should Attend?
  • HR professionals
  • Business and government executives and leaders
  • Managers
  • Team leaders
  • Parents
  • Nonprofit and community leaders
  • Citizen
What Do Past Participants Have to Say?

Heather Fleetwood
Senior Director Talent Development
Ultimate Medical Company, Tampa, FL

"This program is amazing!  I have already learned so much I am using in my job."

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Stacey Groll
Assistant to the Mayor
Manitowoc, WI

“I want to pull in leaders from different organizations and communities that may be underrepresented. Anyone that has a passion for diversity, equity and inclusion.”

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Module Schedule

Virtual/Live Discussion
12-1/1:30 p.m. CST
Topic Session Content Hours
FALL 2021:
August 30

SPRING 2022:
January 10

Understanding Unconscious Bias
  • Unconscious bias what is it, what does it look like, impact 
  • Explain classism and classicists 
  • Consider class changes and reality over lifetime
  • Classism and unconscious bias in the workplace and community 
  • Discussion Board/ Assignments/Q&A

FALL 2021:
September 6

SPRING 2022:
January 17
60 minutes
Option 1 of 4

September 9

January 18
Skills for Inclusive and Exclusive Conversations
  • Inclusive vs Exclusive 
  • Explain racism and racists 
  • Racism and inclusive vs exclusive workplace conversations 
  • Discussion Board/ Assignments/Q&A
FALL 2021:
September 13

SPRING 2022:
January 24


Understanding Micro-Aggression (Meso and Macro Aggression, Insults and Assaults)
  • Micro-Mesa-Macro aggression 
  • Sexuality, Heterosexism and heterosexist 
  • Sexuality and micro-mesa-macro aggression in the workplace 
  • Discussion Board/ Assignments/Q&A 

FALL 2021:
September 20

SPRING 2022:
January 31
60 minutes
Option 2 of 4

September 23

February 1
Equity and Equality - Workplace Demographics
  • Equity and equality in the workplace 
  • Sexism, cis-sexism and sexist cis-sexist 
  • Sexism, cissexism, equity, and equality in workplace 
  • Discussion Board/ Assignments/Q&A
FALL 2021:
September 27

SPRING 2022:
February 7

Building multicultural environments - cultural humility
  • Diverse, multicultural environments
  • Ableism and ableist
  • Ableism and multiculturalism
  • Mental health: anxiety, depression, PTSD and bipolar disorder
  • Discussion Board/ Assignments/Q&A

FALL 2021:
October 4

SPRING 2022:
February 14
60 minutes
Option 3 of 4

October 7

February 15
Playing and working well together: managing a multigenerational workforce
  • Multigenerational workforce
  • Ageism and ageist
  • Ageism and working together
  • Management of change
  • Discussion Board/ Assignments/Q&A

FALL 2021:
October 11

SPRING 2022:
February 21
60 minutes
Option 4 of 4

October 14

February 22
Embedding respect and DEI into organizational culture
  • Respect vs. tolerance
  • Religion, faith and spirituality
  • Belief, values and respect
  • Focus on DEI Action Plan
  • Discussion Board/ Assignments/Q&A

FALL 2021:
October 18

SPRING 2022:
February 28
90 minutes

October 21

March 1

* Live Panel of Experts Discussion *
Allyship and resilience

* Final Action Plans Due *
  • Allyship and resilience building
  • Everyone invited
  • Aggression and stereo types
  • Embedding and building respect
  • DEI Action Plan
  • Discussion Board/ Assignments/Q&A

Next Steps

The program cost for all eight weeks is $799. The digital badge will be issued based on attendance and completion of weekly work and assignments. Now enrolling for Spring 2022. Space is limited. Registration deadline: Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 12 p.m.

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The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate program has been instrumental in helping me develop my organization’s DE&I strategy. I was pleasantly surprised that this course took a thoughtful and nuanced approach to the subject of DE&I and shared practical suggestions that could immediately be implemented in the workplace. I would recommend this program to anyone seeking to deepen their knowledge of DE&I. 

Jenise Ogle
Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Multicultural Impact
New York, NY

Gain a Competitive Edge

Upon completion of the program, participants will receive an exclusive UW-Green Bay Digital Badge (also known as micro-credentialing). A Digital Badge is a micro-credential that validates an accomplishment, mastery of a skill or competency a learner has earned. This badge gives you a distinct competitive edge in the job market.

Instructor Bio
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Reverend Lex Cade-White received her master’s in divinity at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in race relations and urban ministry, and is an ordained United Church of Christ minister. She is a hospital chaplain at Advocate Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee. Cade-White is a community minister affiliated with Ebenezer UCC in Sheboygan. Rev. Cade-White has facilitated dialogues and conversations in communities and congregations about race, class, gender, and spirituality for over ten years. She trained as an intergroup dialogue facilitator while receiving her BA in psychology and religion at Mount Holyoke College. She has done research on race and multiculturalism and comparisons around feminism, race, and religion. While in Boston, she co-facilitated workshops and trainings that connect religion, culture, and the arts with college, high school, and community members. In Washington, DC, Rev. Cade-White led dialogues about race and class, and sexual orientation and gender for the community to engage in these topics across identities and within shared identity communities. She is an ordained UCC minister and a Board-Certified Chaplain. Rev. Cade-White, and she earned her master's degree in public health from Chamberlain University. Cade-White has been a chaplain in community, hospice, and academia for over a decade. She has taught at Lakeland University, at the JMKAC, and provided workplace and organizational trainings around diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Virtual Panelists TBD

If you have any questions about the certificate program or would like organizational group pricing, please contact Tammy Clausen, Business Development Specialist.