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

Equity and Diversity Certificate and 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. 

Please note: The topics we discuss may be activating and/or triggering in ways that are expected, or unexpected. We encourage you, our learners, to care for yourselves in the ways you best know how, while challenging yourself to grow.

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, learners 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 click here to view the list of previous workshop titles 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 for a workshop or group discussion?

We encourage learners 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?

To register please visit the Office for Equity and Diversity Education Program website, or through the Destiny One Registration System (DORS).
 

I have completed the Equity and Diversity 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 section. 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 Director of Communications, 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, 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 Zoom and Canvas. 

Who tracks my participation? If I finish the Equity and Diversity Certificate, do I get a physical Certificate of completion?

Our office tracks attendance through Training Hub and DORS. If you have any questions or notice any discrepancies with your training record, please contact us at oeded@umn.edu.

Please note: 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.
 

Can I use paid work time to complete the Equity and Diversity Certificate?

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

Can I receive college/school credit for any of these workshops, or for completing the Equity and Diversity 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 I register for a workshop or for the Certificate program?

Yes, every component of the Equity and Diversity Certificate Program is open to University members from across system campuses. At this time, we offer our Equity and Diversity Programming online through ECHO (Equity Certificate Hosted Online) via Zoom and Canvas. 

Some of my completed workshops seem to be missing. 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.

Questions?

For questions regarding the Equity and Diversity Certificate Program, please email oeded@umn.edu
For questions regarding the registration process, please email dorshelp@umn.edu.
For technical questions, please email help@umn.edu.

 

ECHO (Equity Certificate Hosted Online) FAQs:

What is ECHO? 

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.

 

How do I enroll in the Equity and Diversity Certificate Program/ECHO? 

University of Minnesota Staff, Faculty and Students:

The Equity and Diversity Certificate program is free for all current staff, faculty and students on all five system campuses. To enroll in the Certificate Program use your university login and log into the Destiny One Registration System (DORS), and select add to cart for the Current UMN Staff/Faculty/Students.

External Learners:

The Equity and Diversity Certificate program is available for a fee for external learners through Destiny One Registration System (DORS). Please find our fee structure below. 

  • Self-Supporting Individual Bundle Rate : $900.00
  • Non-Profit/Government/Non-UMN Higher Education Institution Bundle Rate : $1,350.00
  • Business or Corporate Entity Bundle Rate : $1,575.00

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.

 

What if I select 'Make a selection at a later time' when enrolling in the Equity and Diversity Certificate Program/ECHO? 

Log back into the Destiny One Registration System (DORS) and follow one of the below options:

 

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.

 

What if I can no longer attend a Group Discussion?

We encourage learners 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 go ahead and withdraw from the section and re-enroll in another group discussion.

Please let us know if you have any additional questions by contacting oeded@umn.edu

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

Unfortunately, those who have been waitlisted are not able to attend online courses. The Destiny One Registration System (DORS) 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