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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 an 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

Contact us at if you have questions or would like to receive information about the next Level 1 or Level 2 certificate series. Otherwise, you can register with the links below. 

The Certificate Program will be available at two levels: Foundational and Advanced. Each certificate program will comprise five weekly modules. Delivery will also be an engaging mix of online and virtual discussion. The next Foundational Level 1 Certificate Program will be available in April 2021. See details below.

Who Should Attend?
  • HR professionals
  • Business and government executives and leaders
  • Managers
  • Team leaders
  • Parents
  • Nonprofit and community leaders
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."

Read her story
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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.”

Read her story

Certificate Program

Level 1 - Foundational

Five Week Course Series
Classes Start: April 19, 2021
Cost: $349 | Register Today!
Deadline for Registration is April 15
(session will close when capacity is reached)

In the Foundational Level 1 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 the five 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 and gender specifically, but the content and concepts are applicable to other social identities. You will be provided with an understanding of the structures in place that create group dynamic, think and culture of and around inclusion and exclusion.

Course Series (5 Weeks)
Week Topic Session
#1 - Week of 4/19 Understanding Unconscious Bias
  • Unconscious bias what is it, what does it look like, impact 
  • Explain classism and classicists 
  • Classism and unconscious bias in the workplace and community 
  • Q&A 
#2 - Week of 4/26 Skills for Inclusive and Exclusive Conversations

90 minute live, virtual discussion
1.2 April 29 - 6-7:30 p.m. CST
1.3 April 28 - 6-7:30 p.m. CST
  • Inclusive vs Exclusive 
  • Explain racism and racists 
  • Racism and inclusive vs exclusive workplace conversations 
  • Q&A 
#3 - Week of 5/3 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 
  • Q&A 
#4 - Week of 5/10 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 
  • Q&A 
#5 - Week of 5/17 90 minute live, virtual panel discussion with experts
1.2 May 20 - 6-7:30 p.m. CST
1.3 May 19 - 6-7:30 p.m. CST
Panel Consists of:
  • Reverend Lex Cade-White
  • Tanya Atkinson, CEO, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Inc.
  • TBD

Level 1 - Next Steps

The program cost for all five weeks is $349. Please expect a time commitment of approximately 1-2 hours of self-study each week along with virtual live participation. Total time commitment required for the entire Level 1 Series is approximately 10-15 hours. The digital badge will be issued based on attendance and completion of coursework and assignments.

We are now registering for cohort groups 1.2 and 1.3, who will participate with each other interactively during this training. Registration will close when a maximum capacity of 40 is reached in each cohort. 

Level 2 - Advanced

The Advanced Level 2 Certificate Program will provide a deeper look at diversity, equity and inclusion around  the environments we create and sustain around able-ism, ageism, and spirituality specifically though the content is applicable to other social identities. This level will require you to develop a project to implement in your community or workplace. 

Week Topic Session
# 1 - Week of 5/31 Building multicultural environments - cultural humility     
  • Diverse, multicultural environments
  • Ableism and ableist
  • Ableism and multiculturalism
  • Plan for change
  • Discussion Board/Assignments/Q&A
# 2 - Week of 6/7 Playing and working well together: managing a multigenerational workforce
Live Discussion

90-minute live, virtual discussion
​June 9, 6-7:30 p.m. CST
  • Multigenerational workforce 
  • Ageism and ageist
  • Ageism and working together
  • Management of change
  • Discussion Board/Assignments/Q&A
# 3 - Week of 6/14 Embedding respect and DEI into organizational culture
  • Respect vs tolerance
  • Religious, faith and spirituality
  • Belief, values and respect
  • Focus on DEI Action Plan
  • Discussion Board/Assignments/Q&A
# 4 - Week of 6/21 Building a DEI Action into organizational culture 

  • Allyship and resilience building
  • More than tokens and quotas
  • More than foods and stereotypes
  • DEI Action Plan
  • Discussion Board/Assignments/Q&A
# 5 - Week of 6/28 DEI Final Plan
Live Discussion – Panel of Experts

90-minute Virtual Live Panel Discussion
June 30, 6-7:30 p.m. CST
  • Multicultural environment
  • Multigenerational
  • Embedding and building respect
  • Building a DEI Action into organizational culture or community
  • DEI Action Plan due
Panel Consists of:
  • Reverend Lex Cade-White
  • TBD
  • TBD

Level 2 - Next Steps

The program cost for all five weeks is $449. Please expect a time commitment of approximately 2-3 hours of self-study each week along with virtual live participation. Total time commitment required for the entire Level 2 Series is approximately 20-25 hours. The digital badge will be issued based on attendance and completion of coursework and assignments.

We are now registering for cohort group 2.2, who will participate with each other interactively during this training. 

Gain a Competitive Edge

Upon completion of either program above, students 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 is currently half way through my master of public health at the 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
Stacie Christian, Ph.D., is the Director of Inclusive Excellence and Pride Center at UW-Green Bay. At UW-Green Bay, she also lectures for the Psychology program, and leads the Campus Cupboard and Closet. UW-Green Bay is recognized as being one of the TOP 25 LGBTQ+ Friendly Campuses in the United States by the National Pride Index. Because of this rating, many community members of Northeastern Wisconsin seek information and resources from the UW-Green Bay Pride Center. The increasing need for community services lead to the creation of a non-profit organization, the Pride Center of NEW. The goal of this organization is to purchase a building in central Green Bay, with the intent of offering services for LGBTQ+ in Northeastern Wisconsin.   

As an experienced and energetic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) professional speaker and facilitator, Lisa Koenecke specializes in counteracting unconscious bias and LGBTQ+ inclusion in business. Her impact is amplified through strengthening each person's allyship. With a demonstrated history of working in secondary education and a passion toward community and social services, she is an expert in counseling, crisis intervention, educational leadership, and program development. After receiving her Diversity & Inclusion certification from Cornell University, Lisa launched her Inclusion Ally business. Being an expert in LGBTQ+ issues has allowed her to present in 20 states and keynote numerous school counseling conferences. Lisa also holds the Inclusion Institute Certified Diversity Practitioner certification (IICDP).

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