Cross-Cultural Competency Certificate Program

University of West Florida faculty, staff, and students are eligible to earn the Cross-Cultural Competency Certificate. All who complete the certificate program will be honored at a recognition ceremony and given a certificate and UWF inclusion shell lapel pin.


Faculty and Staff Requirements:

Participants must complete the Core Course as well as five additional online or in-person courses within a two year period to earn a certificate. 

Course Offering Options:

Upon completion of the six courses for the Certificate in Cross-Cultural Competency, employees must complete a Verification of Professional Development Completion Form.

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Course Descriptions

MANDATORY COURSE

Harassment & Discrimination Prevention (online training via LawRoom)

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 "Acknowledgment of Responsibilities" which must also be completed. The "Acknowledgment of Responsibilities" can be accessed through SCOOP.

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IN PERSON COURSES 

Core Course: Awareness, Acceptance, Respect 

Course Description: Participants will begin by exploring their personal life experiences and how it impacts their worldview. *This core course must be completed in addition to five other courses in this series within a two year period to earn the certificate.

Accommodating Disabilities (online training via LawRoom)

Course Description: This course explains federal laws that require colleges and universities to take proactive steps to ensure that individuals with disabilities have the same educational and employment opportunities as individuals without disabilities.

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.

Culture and Diversity 

Course Description: This class examines culture and diversity from an anthropological perspective. We will focus on the core concepts of culture and holism, and engage with ideas and debates surrounding cultural relativism and ethnocentrism. A focus on how to understand ideas and behaviors in holistic contexts, promote an appreciation for cultural diversity, and encourage student engagement with current cultural issues are goals of the class.

dis/Ability

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

Exploring New Cultures: Study Abroad and International Student Experiences

Course Description: This session will provide you with information on the international student experience and guidelines on how to better serve this community as well as present a review of the study abroad planning experience, including financial aid, degree considerations, exchange locations, and faculty-led programs.

Gender and Representation in American Comics: Time for a Super-Change

Course Description: Women were involved in comics as readers, creators, and characters since before Superman took his first flight. Today, however, the Internet buzzes with support (and trolling!) every time a new (or revised) character deviates from the common image of the white, male hero. In this session, we’ll explore gender and representation in comics, how it evolved, who it affected, and how today’s creators are trying to build better worlds.

Hero or Victim: A Real Dialogue on How We Perceive Disability

Course Description: Many people have their own personal views on disability, within this course, attendees will look at the impact of how the media portrays people with disabilities and how these imageries may affect our personal views.

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.

Rock of Ages

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

The Disappearing Male

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 Hidden Student 

Course Description: This course provides 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.

Understanding Gender Dynamics & Bias

Course Description: This course will examine gender dynamics and biases on college campuses and in the media. This course will help participants become more aware of the way they interact with others.

Understanding Race & Racism

Course Description: This class considers race from an anthropological lens. We will examine what race is (a sociocultural construct), and isn’t (genetically and biologically determined), as well as how racism contributes to the persistent marginalization of some populations and the privileging of others. A focus on how to promote social equity and student engagement with current cultural issues are goals of the class.

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ONLINE COURSES 

Overview/Core Module (via Canvas)

Course Description: Participants will begin by exploring their personal life experiences and how it impacts their worldview. *This core course must be completed in addition to five other courses in this series within a two year period to earn the certificate.

The Global Village Module (via Canvas)

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.

disABILITY Module (via Canvas)

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

Gender and Sexuality Module (via Canvas)

Course Description: There is a great deal of diversity when it comes to gender, sex and sexuality. 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.

Religious Diversity Module (via Canvas)

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

Veterans on Campus (online training via the Professional Development Reservation Desk)

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.




 

Student Requirements:

Participants must complete 4 courses and attend 3 UWF diversity/inclusion related events within a two year period to earn a certificate. 

Course Offering Options:

Upon completion of the four courses and three events, students must complete a C3 Cert Verification Form.

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