Equity and Diversity Certificate Program

Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) Education Program Update

Summer 2022

In Summer 2022, the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) Education Program will continue to offer our Equity and Diversity Programming online through ECHO (Equity Certificate Hosted Online) via Canvas and Zoom. 

Our Fall 2022 ECHO Offerings will be announced next month, for more information and to register, please scroll down to the bottom of this page. Additionally, if you would like to receive updates on our offering, we recommend signing up for our Education Program email.
If you have any general questions or concerns, please contact us at oeded@umn.edu.

The Equity and Diversity Certificate Program helps participants develop tools necessary for advancing equity and diversity in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. The program:

  • Offers participants a theoretical framework for understanding equity and diversity work
  • Helps participants develop necessary skills for equity and diversity work
  • Gives participants direct experience working and communicating across differences

Content Acknowledgement:
The course materials shared are intended to provide a foundational overview of information and issues related to the topic of this course. We acknowledge that given the scope of the course, we are unable to encompass every experience, identity, and/or issue that is relevant and important to the communities we will explore. If there are additional connections or issues you wish to include, we welcome you to uplift it during our group discussion. Lastly, this curriculum is a 'living document'; we will continue to expand and refine our materials as our learning and awareness continues to grow and evolve. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions at oeded@umn.edu

University of Minnesota Students, Staff, & Faculty

The Certificate program is free for all current students, staff, & faculty on all five system campuses. To register use your university login, scroll to the bottom of this page, click on ECHO Course Offerings, then select the workshop you would like to register for via Training Hub. Please see the FAQs if you have any questions or contact oeded@umn.edu.

External Participants

External participants must first pay for the workshops they wish to attend via the Destiny One Registration System. Once you have paid for the workshops, you will be directed to return to Training Hub and sign-up for the same workshops for which you paid. Please see below for our fee structure:

  • $100/workshop ($900/all ten workshops) for self-supporting individuals external to the University of Minnesota system
  • $150/workshop ($1350/all ten workshops) for external participants sponsored by their employer that is a non-profit, government agency, or non-University of Minnesota college or university
  • $175/workshop ($1575/all ten workshops) for external participants sponsored by their employer that is a business or corporate entity

We are committed to ensuring that all learners have access to our educational offerings regardless of ability to pay. The Education Program utilizes a need-based sliding scale scholarship program. Please consider paying at the highest rate that you can afford: your generosity supports the work of the Office for Equity and Diversity and the Education Program facilitation team.

Select one of the sliding scale rates below:

  • Partial Scholarship: 75% off program fee
  • University of Minnesota Alumni and/or Reduced Rate Scholarship: 50% off program fee
  • Full Scholarship: $0 program fee

Please let us know which of these rates works for you by completing our google form, and if you have any questions feel free to email us at oeded@umn.edu.

Equity and Diversity Certificate Program Enrollment:

Our Equity and Diversity Certificate Program is offered through rolling enrollment each Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. We will offer 4 group discussions per workshop each semester, which will be announced towards the end of the previous semester.

Equity and Diversity Certificate

10 Certificate Program Workshops

After completing all ten workshops, request your Equity and Diversity Certificate here.

Please note: Our office will be sending out the certificates via email at the end of each semester (fall, spring, and summer).

ECHO (Equity Certificate Hosted Online)

The ECHO (Equity Certificate Hosted Online) is the Office for Equity and Diversity's (OED)​ online Equity and Diversity Certificate program. The program consists of three learning activities: reading materials, watching ​or listening to ​video​/audio​ clips, and ​Group ​Discussion participation. These activities represent and reflect three ways we can learn and grow in equity and diversity work – intellectual learning, emotional processing, and practicing skills.

ECHO courses are based on the in-person Certificate Workshops and have the same learning topics and objectives. Participants may complete the Equity and Diversity Certificate Program via ECHO, in-person workshops, or a mixture of both. To complete the Equity and Diversity Certificate, you must complete the 10 ​ECHO ​courses and/or in-person workshops.

Activity 1: Reading Materials - Each ​ECHO ​course will have articles​ or information​ for participants to read. This material focuses on an intellectual understanding of the concepts in the learning ​area.

Activity 2: Video/Audio Clips - Each​ ECHO ​course will have videos and/or audio clips for participants to listen/watch. These videos and/or audio clips focus on the emotional and intellectual understandings in the learning area.

Activity 3: Group Discussion - Each ​ECHO ​course​ features a 90-minute online ​​discussion​ via Zoom​ that participants are required to join. Group discussions provide opportunities to respond to prompting questions related to the learning areas in activities 1 and 2 and share participants’ knowledge and skillsets.