Grow Forward

Certification in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

  • $995
  • 8 Hours Estimated Length
  • Hybrid Format (in-person and online)
  • Includes personalized coaching
  • Classes begin February 3, 2022

Work environments that prioritize Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) efforts have been statistically proven to increase productivity, innovation, safety, and happiness. Strengthening individual and organizational leadership capabilities and increasing understanding on how to foster a culture of inclusion and belonging is essential. 

Building an inclusive culture requires both learning and unlearning, and this course will actively help diverse adult learners grow forward with critical awareness and expanded skill sets.

Who's It For?

This certification course is designed for business owners, managers, supervisors, educators, nonprofit leaders, community advocates, and any individual interested in learning about and leading for EDI, as well as wanting to elevate their current success in the workplace.

What Others are Saying

“Dr. Shankar-Brown equity and inclusivity sessions were amazing! Best professional development I have attended in a long time with any organization!” - Elizabeth River Project Board Member and CEO

Rajni Shankar-Brown: poet laureate of the just society.” - Irshad Manji, Founder of NYU’s Moral Courage Academy and New York Times Bestselling Author

“I believe the work we engaged in with Dr. Shankar-Brown for a more equitable community and the acknowledgment for the primacy of the Elizabeth River will be important for the entire Norfolk and Hampton Roads community.” – Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston, President of Norfolk State University

“It has been an absolute privilege to learn from Dr. Shankar-Brown and to have her support. Her depth of knowledge and passion for diversity and inclusion are inspiring. I appreciate all of the resources she shared and her interactive professional development style.” – Simon Youth Foundation Participant

*  See the following article for more insight into Dr. Shankar-Brown’s impact as a scholar-educator committed to EDI.

Learning Outcomes

In this professional certification course, participants will:

  • Learn essential and interconnected EDI concepts 
  • Discover the value of inclusive and human centric workplaces. 
  • Develop awareness of diverse identity dimensions.
  • Better understand bias and pathways to counteract bias.
  • Learn how to prevent and address equity issues, such as diversity recruitment and retention challenges. 
  • Create vision, mission, and value statements in connection to EDI.
  • Discover strategies for affirming and engaging diversity in practice. 
  • Expand skills to foster a culture of inclusion and belonging.

Workshop Format – Live Online Sessions

This course will be presented over four weeks through four 2-hour sessions facilitated by Dr. Rajni Shankar-Brown, an award-winning educator and internationally renowned expert in equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Course Dates and Outline

This certification course is built for working professionals; all sessions will meet on Thursday evenings 6-8 p.m. Eastern Time. Each session will include interactive learning activities and resources.

Session One - February 3, 2022 (6-8 PM In Person at Stetson DeLand Campus)

  • Learn key EDI concepts
  • Discover benefits of prioritizing EDI in the workplace

Session Two - February 10, 2022 (6-8 PM Live Online through Zoom) 

  • Identity dimensions and intersectionality
  • Affirming and engaging diversity

Session Three – February 17, 2022 (6-8 PM Live Online through Zoom)

  • Understanding bias and strategies to counteract bias in the workplace
  • Vision, Mission, and Values in connection to EDI

Session Four – February 24, 2022 (6-8 PM In Person at Stetson DeLand Campus)

  • Fostering a culture of inclusion and belonging
  • Capstone Celebration

Participants will leave the program with a solid understanding of key equity, diversity, and inclusion concepts and identify 2-3 specific action steps to gain immediate traction in their work environment. In addition, participants will have the opportunity for a 30-minute personal coaching session and receive extended learning resources.

Meet the Instructor

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Dr. Rajni Shankar-Brown is an internationally renowned Professor and the Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair of Social Justice Education at Stetson University, as well as the recipient of Stetson’s most prestigious awards -- the McEniry Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Hand Award for Distinguished Faculty Achievement. She serve as the Vice-President for the National Coalition for the Homeless and founder of the Acts of Kindness and Justice Movement. She is currently helping to lead a national campaign to end and prevent homelessness, specifically overseeing education and racial equity public policy. She was awarded Florida PDK International Educator of the Year, the Engaged Scholarship Faculty Award by the Florida Campus Compact, Equity Leadership Award by Volusia County Schools, Civic Engagement Leadership Award by Girl Scouts of Citrus, the Inclusive Leadership Award by the University of North Carolina Wilmington. 

Dr. Shankar-Brown has presented and facilitated professional learning workshops around the globe, as well as published in leading peer-reviewed journals and books. Her current series with Information Age Publishing includes two edited books, 1) Bending the Arc Towards Justice: Equity-Focused Practices for Educational Leaders and 2) Re-Envisioning Education: Affirming Diversity and Advancing Social Justice. In addition, her recently published collection of poetry Tuluminous (2020) has been praised as “a marvelous and meaningful testimony of the power of language to heal and transform” by the Presidential Inaugural Poet, Richard Blanco. Her work has been featured on hundreds of media outlets including CBS, NBC, CNN, Seattle Times, and The Washington Post.


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