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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 Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Awards ceremony (The EDI's).

Course Offering Options:

For more information on the Cross Cultural Competency Certificate, please contact Mikia Carter at 850.474.2108.

Core Course: Awareness, Acceptance, Respect (classroom and also available online via Canvas)

  • The Anthropology of Race
  • Accommodating Disabilities (online training via LawRoom)
  • Argo Allies: LGBTQ+
  • Believers: Religious Diversity on a College Campus
  • Coming to America: Understanding Immigration
  • Cultural Awareness and Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Culture and Diversity
  • dis/Ability (classroom and also available online via Canvas)
  • The Disappearing Male: Addressing Masculinity in the 21st Century
  • Enhancing Bystander Intervention for Gender and Sexual Minority College Students
  • Exploring New Cultures: Study Abroad and International Student Experiences
  • The "F" Word: Addressing Feminism
  • Gender and Representation in American Comics: Time for a Super-Change?
  • Gender and Sexuality (online training via Canvas)
  • The Global Village (classroom and also available online via Canvas)
  • Harassment & Discrimination Prevention (online training via LawRoom)
  • Hero or Victim
  • The Hidden Student
  • Implicit Bias in the Workplace
  • Inclusive Marketing
  • Lean in, Women in the Workplace
  • LGBTQI-The Alphabet Soup of Sexuality and Gender
  • Preventing Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation
  • Religious Diversity (online training via Canvas)
  • Rock of Ages
  • Sexual Violence, Sexual Misconduct, & Gender Based Discrimination
  • Social Media, News, and Protests
  • Understanding Gender Dynamics & Bias
  • Understanding Race & Racism
  • Veterans on Campus (online training via the Professional Development Reservation Desk)
  • Welcome to "Class"

Upon completion of the six courses for the Certificate in Cross-Cultural Competency, employees must complete a Verification of Professional Development Completion Form and submit it to Human Resources to receive the certificate. 

Courses that were previously a part of the Cross-Cultural Competency program will still count towards a certificate as long as they are completed within two years of completing the certificate program. These courses are: 

  • Different Cultures, American Ideal: Is the Playing Field Level?
  • Gender, Sex, and Sexuality
  • International Student Life
  • "It's All Greek To Me"
  • The UWF Footprint

Course Outline

Core Course: Awareness, Acceptance, Respect (classroom/online training via Canvas)

Course Description: 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.

Argo Allies: LGBTQ+

Course Description: LGBTQ+ is the portion of ally training dedicated to developing hard skills to practice allyship to the LGBTQ+ community. Participants will gain a working understanding of allyship, equity, and intersectionality when it comes to the LGBTQ+ community.

The Anthropology of Race

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.

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.

Cultural Awareness and Culturally Responsive Teaching

Course Description: Culturally Responsive Teaching is a pedagogy that recognizes the importance of including students' cultural references in all aspects of learning. Attend this training to assist in creating or improving your skills in the classroom and on campus.

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 (online training via Canvas)

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

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.

Enhancing Bystander Intervention for Gender and Sexual Minority College Students

Course Description: Bystander intervention training programs are mandatory for any public college or university that receives federal funding. Research shows that bystander intervention programs are typically not inclusive of gender or sexual minority students. Policy implications and tips for best practices will be discussed.

Exploring New Cultures: Study Abroad and International Student Experiences

Course Description: Have you wondered how international students get to UWF? Or how study abroad students find success overseas? Would you like a greater understanding of the challenges these students face with language ability, finances, cultural adjustment, and academics? If so, 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.

The F word: Addressing Feminism 

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

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.

Gender and Sexuality (online training 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.

The Global Village (online training 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.

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.

Hero or Victim

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.

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.

Implicit Bias in the Workplace

Course Description: This course will focus on implicit bias at work and ways we can better recognize bias in the workplace. This class will help you build bias awareness and give you skills to better cope with bias as they may arise.

Inclusive Marketing

Course Description: Inclusive excellence in marketing and communications involves more than just checking boxes. This course will present on the history and nuances of inclusive marketing throughout digital and print marketing and offer approaches to inclusive marketing that can be used to create outreach materials that resonate with all members of the UWF campus community.

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.

Preventing Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation

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.

Religious Diversity (online training 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.

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.

Sexual Violence, Sexual Misconduct & Gender Based Discrimination

Course Description:  This course will explain unlawful sexual violence, misconduct, and discrimination in the workplace.   

Social Media, News, and Protests

Course Description: This class will include a quick primer on the history of protesting, social protest strategies and goals, the possibilities and limitations of social media as a forum for public change. Also, examples of social protests and business responses to the protests on social media (the good, the meh, and the cringy), and literacy pertaining to news outlets. 

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.

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.

Welcome to "Class"

Course Description: In this course participants will explore how social class impacts 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.