Certificate in Cross-Cultural Competency


A participant must complete the Core Course as well as five additional courses of this series within a two year period to earn a certificate and be honored at the annual Office of Equity Diversity & International Affairs OEDIA Awards ceremony in April of each year. For the Office of Equity and Diversity’s Diversity Initiatives please contact Johnny Denis at 850-474-2994.

  • Accommodating Disabilities (online training) 
  • Awareness, Acceptance Respect: The Foundation (Required Course)
  • Ability in the Workplace
  • Believers: Religious Diversity on a College Campus
  • Coming to America: Understanding Immigration
  • Different Cultures, American Ideal: Is the Playing Field Level?
  • Dis/Ability
  • Disability Awareness 
  • Equal Opportunity & Title IX
  • Gender, Sex and Sexuality 
  • International Student Life
  • Intersections: Preventing Harassment and Sexual Violence
  • "It's All Greek to Me!" 
  • Lean in, Women in the Workplace
  • LGBTQI-The Alphabet Soup of Sexuality and Gender
  • Majority vs Minority: Underrepresented Populations in the Workplace 
  • Masculinities
  • Rock of Ages
  • The Disappearing Male: Addressing Masculinity in the 21st Century
  • The "F" Word: Addressing Feminism in the 21st Century
  • The Global Village
  • The Hidden Student 
  • The UWF Footprint 
  • Understanding Microaggressions and Macroaggressions in the workplace 
  • Veterans on Campus (online training)
  • Welcome to "Class"
  • Working with Students from Underrepresented Populations

Course Outline

Accommodating Disabilities (online training)

Course Description: This course explains federal laws that require employers to take proactive steps to ensure that individuals with disabilities have the same employment opportunities as the non-disabled. 

Awareness, Acceptance Respect: The Foundation (Required Course)

Course Description: Participants will begin by exploring their personal life experience and how it impacts their worldview.

Believers: Religious Diversity on a College Campus

Course Description: In this course, participants will explore the religious diversity of our community and how those of various beliefs can come together peacefully and respectfully.

Coming to America: Understanding Immigration

Course Description: Imagine coming to a new place all alone. You don't speak the language, you aren't familiar with the customs, the food is different and the geography and climate are different. That is the experience for many who immigrate to the US. Learn more about the immigrant experience and what you can do to be aware and helpful to new members of our community.

Different Cultures, American Ideal: Is the Playing Field Level?

Course Description: This course will examine diversity in Northwest Florida and consider such issues as the advantages, opportunities, and disadvantages that different groups enjoy in a broad field of social and economic venues. Content will include the following questions:

  • Does the web of interacting systems in this area still provide clear advantages to certain groups, or have we realized the promise of the Civil Rights movement?
  • What is the collective social environment into which members of different racial and ethic groups are born in our area and nationally?
  • What are the most important factors that continue to compromise self realization and social progress for some members of minority groups?
  • How can we effectively encourage empathy and understanding that will improve the odds for groups that have historically been at a disadvantage?
  • What are the rewards for everyone in the community if we successfully erode color barriers?

Dis/Ability

Course Description: Participants will learn about working with individuals with disabilities and more about accessibility and accommodations for those with disabilities.

Harassment & Sexual Misconduct on Campus

Course Description: Harassment & Sexual Misconduct on Campus is a comprehensive training program that provides essential information that employees need to know about what constitutes unlawful discrimination and harassment, sexual misconduct, and sexual violence in the workplace and academic settings.

International Student Life

Course Description: Have you wondered how international students get to UWF?  Would you like a greater understanding of the challenges international students face in regards to English-language ability, finances, cultural adjustment and academics?  If so, this session will provide you with information on the life cycle of an international student, guidelines on how to better serve international students as well as practical information on the requirements international students must abide by as they are subject to certain regulations set forth by the US Department of Homeland Security.

Intersections: Preventing Harassment and Sexual Violence

Course Description: This course is a comprehensive training program that provides essential information that employees need to know about what constitutes unlawful discrimination and harassment, sexual misconduct, and sexual violence in the workplace and academic settings. This UWF training is mandatory for all university employees and must be completed every two years. This training includes a separate "Acknowledgement of Responsibilities" which must also be completed. The "Acknowledgement of Responsibilities" can be accessed through SCOOP.

"It's All Greek to Me!"

Course Description: Alpha? Lambda? Omega? It's all Greek to me! In this program, participants will learn about the history of fraternities and sororities on college campuses, strategies for working with fraternity and sorority members, and historic differences among chapters and their respective governing bodies.

Lean in, Women in the Workplace

Course Description: What is the status of women in the workplace today. In this course participants will explore the major challenges women face in the contemporary workplace and brainstorm strategies for improving their experience.

LGBTQI-The Alphabet Soup of Sexuality and Gender

Course Description: There is a great deal of diversity when it comes to gender, sex and sexuality on our campus. In this course, participants will learn that many terms that we use interchangeably actually have very different meanings. This course will help participants gain knowledge and better understanding of sexual identity on campus and in our community.

Majority vs Minority: Underrepresented Populations in the Workplace 

Course Description: TBA

Rock of Ages

Course Description: Learn what happens when Traditionalists, Boomers, Generation X'rs and Millennial's have a meeting of the minds. This course will offer strategies for improved interaction and communication across generations.

The Disappearing Male: Addressing Masculinity in the 21st Century

Course Description: Men are not attending college, being retained or graduating at the same rates as women. This course will explore the trend and identify strategies and tactics to improve the situation for college men.

The "F" Word: Addressing Feminism in the 21st Century

Course Description: In this course we will examine and discuss what Feminism is and how it is perceived in our society.

The Global Village

Course Description: In our contemporary global society it is important to learn about cultural differences as what we have in common. This course will help offer participants tools they can use to improve communication and interaction with students, faculty and visitors from around the world.

The Hidden Student 

Course Description: The aim of the Hidden Student Cross-Cultural Competency Course is to provide insight into an issue that most colleges and universities may overlook; support for students who at one point identified as homeless, orphans, ward of the court, or have been in the foster care system. This course will help to shed light on some of the hidden challenges that are present and how college faculty and staff members can better support these students.

The UWF Footprint 

Course Description: In this course, participants will learn about the impact UWF makes in this community, in Florida, in the US and in the world. The research and teaching that takes place on this campus contributes to our economy, government and education systems. Learn more about what we do and the reach that we have in today’s global society.

Understanding Gender Dynamics and Bias

Course Description: This course will examine gender protection as it relates to Civil Rights and will include a discussion about the cultural influences of gender disparity. The history and purpose of Title VII and Title IX will be outlined along with UWF policies/practices. As it relates to the incidence of sexual violence, an in-depth conversation about the interaction between cultured gender norms, the sexualization of men/women, and violence will be discussed.

Understanding Microaggressions and Macroaggressions in the workplace 

Course Description:  TBA

Veterans on Campus (online training)

Course Description: Veterans on Campus is an online, asynchronous, interactive, game based training platform designed to help faculty and staff understand the experiences, cultural issues, and needs specific to student veterans. It also provides hands-on experience managing challenging conversations with veterans, gives insight in recognizing signs of psychological distress, and advises you how to direct students to appropriate campus resources.

Welcome to "Class"

Course Description: In this course participants will explore how social class impact worldview and our interactions with one another. Sometimes what we attribute to race or gender is actually about class. This course will allow participants to generate a better understanding of how various socioeconomic groups relate to people, money and view society.

Working with Students from Underrepresented Populations

Course Description: TBA