FAQ for Equity and Diversity Certificate

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.

  1. Do I need to take the workshops in any particular order?
    All 10 workshops are stand alone, such that they do not need to be taken in any particular order. However, participants are encouraged to complete the My Role in the Work of Equity and Diversity and Leadership in the Context of Equity and Diversity Workshops first.
  2. Do I need to take the workshops within a certain amount of time to earn a certificate?
    Nope!  You can take all 10 in one semester, or you can take your time and spread them out in a way that works best with your schedule.  It's up to you.
  3. When will the workshops be offered?
    Dates and times for all workshops can be found on OED’s workshop calendar.  All 10 certificate workshops will be offered every semester and summer on the Twin Cities campus.
  4. How do I sign up for the workshops?
    Participants can register via links on the OED workshop calendar
  5. I have completed the Basic or Advanced Certificate Program.  How do I get my certificate?
    Please fill out the Certificate Completion Request Form here. Once we have received your form, we will deliver the certificate to you either by campus or USPS mail.
  6. Who do I need to contact if I suddenly can't make the workshop?
    Nobody!  We just ask that you please "Withdraw" from the workshop via your ULearn transcript.  Even if it's so last minute that you don't have time to "Withdraw," you still don't have to contact anyone.
  7. Will these workshops ever be offered online?
    At some point in the future, some of the workshops may be offered online.  At this point, we do not have this capability.  
  8. Who tracks my participation?  If I finish either the Basic or Advanced Certificate, do I get an actual physical certificate?
    Participants are asked to track their own participation, although registration for all Certificate components will be done by OED using the ULearn system.  An actual hard copy certificate will be sent to each participant who finishes the Basic or the Advanced Certificate.
  9. Will the Certificate, once earned, show up on my transcript if I am a student?
    At this time, the Certificate will not show up on a student’s transcript.
  10. How do I determine or set up my “Application Component”?
    Participants 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 Certificate.
  11. When are the Dialogue Circles offered?
    The Dialogue Circles begin each fall and run throughout the academic year.
  12. Can I attend the Dialogue Circles if I have not completed the other workshops?
    No, the Dialogue Circle component is only for those individuals who have completed the ten Certificate Program Workshops.
  13. Can I use paid work time to complete the Certificate?
    It is up to individual supervisors to give permission for staff time to be used for components of the Certificate.
  14. Can I get any kind of credit for any of these workshops, or for completing the Certificate?
    At this time, the Workshops and Components are not credit-bearing.
  15. Can I attend only some of these workshops if I don’t want to get the Certificate?
    Yes, the workshops are stand alone, and you can take any of them that interest you.
  16. Can I take these workshops and/or the Certificate if I work or study on one of the system campuses?  Will you offer the Certificate Program for those of us on system campuses?
    Yes, every component of the Certificate is open to University members from the system campuses. At this time, OED is working to deliver workshops on the system campuses.  For more information about workshops on the system campuses, contact Wendy at OEDed@umn.edu or 612-624-0594.
  17. Some of my workshops seem to be missing from my ULearn Transcript.  Why are they not all showing up?
    When the University of Minnesota decided to use ULearn, they made a decision not to transfer data from the old PeopleSoft registration system into ULearn.  So, you may have taken OED Certificate Workshops through the old PeopleSoft system that will never show up in your ULearn Transcript.  However, you can check your complete Training Record (PeopleSoft and ULearn data) through the Office of Human Resources' system.  Download instructions here.

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