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Rackham DEI Professional Development Certificate

About the Program

Rackham is committed to enhancing the development and training offerings related to diversity, equity, and inclusion for graduate students and is now offering a DEI Professional Development Certificate. This new Rackham program is designed to prepare graduate students to work in a diverse environment while fostering a climate of inclusiveness. Upon successful completion of the program, graduate students will possess the following resources and skills:

  • A framework for increasing their DEI knowledge and skills.
  • The ability to accurately define and conceptualize DEI terms.
  • Opportunities for further engagement in DEI scholarship and leadership positions
  • A diversity statement that demonstrates their commitment to DEI engagement, leadership, and scholarship.
  • Be prepared to enter a diverse and global job market.
  • An official certificate of completion (signed by the Dean of Rackham Graduate School and the University of Michigan Chief Diversity Officer) which can be listed on their curriculum vitae or resume.

Participant Commitments

  • Complete five of the seven core DEI professional development trainings/workshops (see table below).
  • Complete a minimum of five additional professional development trainings in a skill track of their interest (e.g., teaching, research, leadership, etc.)
  • Submit a reflection form within 72 hours of completing each training.
  • Submit a diversity statement that integrates and highlights their DEI professional development experience(s).

DEI PD Certificate Core Trainings List

Participants must complete a minimum of five of the seven core DEI professional development trainings listed in the table below:

DEI PD Certificate Core Trainings List
Name of Training Department that Sponsors Training
Diversity Statement OR Demonstrating Your Commitment to Diversity Workshop U-M Rackham Graduate School and CRLT
Change It Up - Bystander Awareness Training U-M Student Life
Communicating Across Identities U-M IGR
Sexual Assault/Harassment Training - Haven Plus U-M SAPAC
Cuts: Responding to Student’s Climate Concerns, Part 1 U-M CRLT Players
Cuts: Responding to Student’s Climate Concerns, Part 2 U-M CRLT Players
Informational Interview with a Professional Conducting DEI Work in Your Chosen Skill Track A template for the informational interview will be provided

Rackham’s DEI Professional Development Certificate has been designed so that participants can successfully complete it over the course of a year. However, students are not required to complete the program in one year and are encouraged to advance through the program at a pace that is comfortable for them.

How to Apply