FAQ for Equity and Diversity Certificate Program

Learn more about the Equity and Diversity Certificate, including details on the workshop progression, how to sign up, who can attend workshops, and much more.


Contact information: Office for Equity and Diversity, 432 Morrill Hall, oeded@umn.edu, 612-624-0594

General Workshop FAQs:

What should I expect in Equity and Diversity Education program workshops?

Our workshops are highly participatory and interactive. Most workshops include small group and large group conversations, as well as videos and worksheets. Some of the topics we discuss may bring up emotions or feel uncomfortable. Please take care of yourself while also working to break out of your comfort zone. Also, let us know if there are ways we can support you on your learning journey.

Do the workshops need to be taken in any particular order?

All Equity and Diversity Certificate Program workshops are stand-alone and do not need to be taken in any particular order. However, participants are encouraged to complete the My Role in Equity & Diversity Work workshop first.

The workshop titles have been updated, which ones were which?

You can view this list of previous workshop titles (PDF) matched with the current/updated titles to ensure you are registering for the correct course.


Do I need to take the workshops within a certain amount of time to earn a Certificate of completion?

No. You may take the workshops at your own pace, whether that is attending all 10 in one semester, or spread out over time in a way that works best with your schedule. It's up to you.

What if I need to arrive late or leave early to in-person workshops?

We encourage participants to arrive 10 minutes before the session starts, and if you are 15 minutes late or have to leave 15 minutes before the end of the workshop, we encourage you to attend an alternate date.

When are the workshops offered?

The Equity and Diversity Certificate Workshops are offered every fall, spring and summer term. Please see our website for additional information.

How do I sign up for the workshops?

Register via links on the Office for Equity and Diversity workshops page, or on the Training Hub course catalog.

I have completed the Basic or Advanced Certificate Program. How do I request a Certificate of completion?

Fill out the Certificate Completion Request Form here. Once we have received your form, we will send a PDF of the certificate to the email address you provide in the form. Certificates are sent out at the end of the term/semester.

Who do I need to contact if I suddenly can't make the workshop?

You do not need to contact our office directly,  but we ask that you please "withdraw" from the workshop in Training Hub. Even if it's last minute and you don't have time to "withdraw," you do not need to contact our office.

Are members of the press allowed to attend these workshops?

Given the nature of these participatory workshops, members of the press or other media affiliates may not register or attend. Should the media request information about the content of these workshops, please contact the Office for Equity and Diversity’s Senior Manager of Communications & Strategic Initiatives, Lisa Marshall (lisamars@umn.edu), who can direct you to the appropriate content expert. For more information on the University's media guidelines, please visit this website.

Will the Equity and Diversity Certificate workshops be offered online?

At this time, in response to COVID-19, we have developed online options for our Certificate program. In the fall we will offer our workshops online through our Equity Certificate Hosted Online (ECHO) courses, which will be added to our website later this summer.

Who tracks my participation? If I finish the Basic or Advanced Certificate, do I get a physical Certificate of completion?

Our office tracks attendance through Training Hub, and we ask that participants sign-in using the provided physical sign-in sheet for our in-person workshops or through the participant list during the Zoom group discussions. If you forget to sign-in or do not see a workshop marked as complete, please contact us at oeded@umn.edu.

We also ask that individuals personally keep track of their own participation in case of system changes or errors.

No, we do not send out physical copies of the certificate, but a PDF of the certificate will be sent to the email address you provide in the form. Certificates are sent out at the end of the term/semester.

Will my Certificate completion be reflected on my transcript if I am a student?

At this time, the Certificate will not show up on a student’s transcript.

How do I determine or set up my “Application Component” for the Advanced Certificate?

The Application Component may not be completed until participation in the Dialogue Group portion of the Advanced Certificate. Participants should work directly with the OED Director of Education to arrange their Application Component. The six or more hours for this Component must be approved by the OED Director of Education in order to count toward the Advanced Certificate, please email oeded@umn.edu with any questions.

When are the Dialogue Groups for the Advanced Certificate program offered?

The Dialogue Groups begin each fall and run throughout the academic year, usually concluding in early May.

Can I attend the Dialogue Groups for the Advanced Certificate program if I have not completed the other workshops?

No, the Dialogue Group component is only for those individuals who have completed the 10 workshops of the Equity and Diversity Certificate Program and earned their Basic Certificate.

Can I use paid work time to complete the Basic and Advanced Certificates?

It is at the discretion of your supervisor to permit you to use paid staff time to be used for components of the Certificates.

Can I receive college/school credit for any of these workshops, or for completing the Basic or Advanced Certificate?

At this time, the Workshops and Components are not credit-bearing.

I am not interested in the Certificate, may I attend only some of these workshops?

Yes, the workshops are stand-alone, and you may take any workshops that interest you.

I work and/or study on a system campus that is not the Twin Cities campus, may register for a workshop or for the Certificate program?

Yes, every component of the Certificate is open to University members from across system campuses. At this time, we are working to deliver workshops on all system campuses. For more information about workshops outside of the Twin Cities campus, contact Stef at swilench@umn.edu or 612-624-0594.

Some of my completed workshops seem to be missing from the Training Hub. Why are they not showing up?

When the University of Minnesota switched to using Training Hub in 2018, a decision was made to not transfer data from the older PeopleSoft registration system and from ULearn. For those who have taken Equity and Diversity Certificate Workshops through the former PeopleSoft system and/or through ULearn, please note that these past workshops will not be reflected in your current Training Hub records. You can check your complete Training Record (PeopleSoft and ULearn data) through the Office of Human Resources' system: Training History Report. NOTE: Only current University employees are able to utilize this report.

May I share the materials I received in the workshop(s) with others (such as work presentations, brochures, etc.)?

These materials are for personal educational use only. If you would like to use the materials in any other way, please contact us at oeded@umn.edu or 612-624-0594.

Where can I find in-person workshop location and parking information?

You can download this PDF with more information about directions, parking, and accessibility information.


Contact information: Office for Equity and Diversity, 432 Morrill Hall, oeded@umn.edu, 612-624-0594



What is ECHO? 

The ECHO (Equity Certificate Hosted Online) is the Office for Equity and Diversity’s​ online Equity and Diversity Certificate program. The program consists of three main activities for learning: reading materials, watching ​or listening to ​video​/audio​ clips, and participating in ​group ​discussions​. These activities represent and reflect three ways we can learn and grow in equity and diversity work – intellectual learning, emotional processing, and practicing skills. Note: some courses may replace the group discussion component with a written reflection activity. This change will be noted in the course materials.

What if I’ve taken both in-person workshops and ECHO courses?

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

How do I access the course materials for an ECHO course?

Upon enrollment, a confirmation email will be sent to your email address with a link to access the course material via Canvas. If you have issues accessing the course material, please contact oeded@umn.edu.

How do I select and register for a Group Discussion for an ECHO course?

In the enrollment confirmation email, you will find a link to a Google form where you will select a Group Discussion date/time. Once you’ve completed this form, you will receive a confirmation email in the next few days with information on how to register for the Group Discussion in Zoom (this is the final step of Group Discussion registration).

How do I register for ECHO courses?

We have been developing online options for both departments and our Certificate program workshops, which we began implementing in April and May 2020. We are offering the full series of OED Certificate Workshops via ECHO to participants who were already registered or waitlisted for in-person Summer 2020 OED Certificate workshops that were canceled due to the COVID-19 response. We will be offering the full series more broadly in Fall 2020.

What if I can no longer attend a Group Discussion?

We encourage participants to do their best to attend the Group Discussion that they registered for and prioritize this time in their schedules. However, we know emergencies and changes in schedules happen without notice. In those cases, please contact oeded@umn.edu to let us know and for information on completing the course.

What if I am waitlisted for an ECHO course? Am I able to still attend?

Unfortunately, people who have been waitlisted are not able to attend online courses. Training Hub will automatically alert you if you have been added to the course that you are waitlisted for. 

Contact information: Office for Equity and Diversity Education Program, oeded@umn.edu, 612-624-0594