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Diversity Awareness Certificate Program (DACP)



Diversity, Equity and Inclusion education and professional development for employees are critical elements of UC Merced’s commitment to the Principles of Community. As such, strengthening the cultural competence of our employees and fostering inclusive workplace and educational environments are among the focuses and purposes of the University’s professional development and personal enrichment programming. In alignment with our commitment to access, equity and diversity, a primary intent of the Diversity Awareness Certificate Program (DACP) is to ensure that employees have relevant multicultural and diversity learning opportunities to (a) increase their knowledge; (b) build their awareness; and (c) enhance their related skills and competencies.


Participants who complete the DACP will:     
•    Report increased self-awareness of own identities and intersections of those identities.
•    Report increased awareness of concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion.
•    Accumulate social justice concepts as they relate to power, privilege and oppression.
•    Articulate and demonstrate how to be an ally to marginalized communities.
•    Develop strategies to meet specific challenges that may arise in the workplace or personal life.
•    Fulfill UC Merced’s Diversity Core Competency requirement. 
•    Develop skills to become a facilitator for one or more of the Diversity Awareness Certificate Program core requirement course(s).



Participant, Program, and Diversity Facilitator Information 


All faculty and staff are invited to participate.


Program Information 

DACP as stand-alone programs
Each of the core individual DACP courses can be attended as a stand-alone workshop.  Participants who complete the 2-day Diversity Awareness Workshop will receive a Diversity Awareness Certificate. With the completion of subsequent workshops, participants will receive a badge that can be added to their Diversity Awareness Certificate. The certificate and badges will identify you as a trained DACP ally who offers a welcoming and safe space for members of the campus community.

DACP as a series
Participants who complete all DACP activities are eligible to become a certified Diversity Awareness Workshop facilitator.  The DACP consists of four core diversity workshops, two elective courses and completion of a service-learning project. Participants may complete this series at their own pace. Participants who complete DACP will be invited to the annual ceremony.  To complete DACP, you must:
  • Complete four core diversity courses:
    • 2-day Diversity Awareness Workshop
    • Ally Development 101
    • Bobcat Connects Workshop
    • Managing Implicit Bias- on-line modules
  • Complete two electives:
    • Queer Ally Program
    • Gender Expansive Workshop
    • Cross Cultural Communication 
  • Complete a service-learning project and workshop. To be initiated after completing the core workshops, with approval of the Director. 


Core Requirements

Complete all four required courses

2-day Diversity Awareness Workshop – (Required)
Next workshop will be held Wednesday, June 17 and Thursday, June 18, 2020
Process:      Submit online application     

This workshop uses a variety of experiential exercises to help participants identify and appreciate individual and collective differences and strengths, as well as explore their own knowledge, attitudes and experiences around diversity, equity and inclusion.  The course uses social justice concepts as its foundation as they relate to power, privilege and oppression on individual, institutional and societal levels. Sponsored by the Office of Campus Climate, University Ombuds, Social Justice Initiatives and Human Resources

Bobcat Connects Workshop – (Required)

Learn how you can connect and create a “culture of caring” at UC Merced.  By using UC Merced’s Principles of Community,  we will explore empathy and theory and ways that we can actualize the Principles.

Sign up through HR Learning Management System

Contact De Acker for more information.



Ally 101 workshop (Required)

Friday, February 21st, 12 noon - 2pm
Ally 101 is a great way to encourage people to utilize their privilege and influence to support people who are targets of systemic oppression. This workshop will help folx think critically and build skills around being an effective ally. The curriculum addresses a wide range of information, including:
  • The role of power and privilege in the reinforcement of oppression
  • Understanding what an Ally is
  • Effective Ally behavior


UC Managing Implicit Bias Series – (Required)
Date:          Online and Self-taught
Time:          Online and Self-taught
Location:    UC Learning Center
Process:    Complete all six courses and submit certificate of completion to

This systemwide program consists of six eCourses designed to increase awareness of implicit bias and reduce its impact on hiring processes at the University. It also further reinforces the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; which enables us to attract and retain a top talent workforce and develop effective leaders.
These six self-paced, interactive online courses complement the existing equity and inclusion programs and can be completed individually. Together they form a series to earn the UC Managing Implicit Bias Certificate, or as part of the UC People Management Series and Certificate. Each eCourse is approximately 15-20 minutes in length. As members of the UC community, being aware of implicit bias and how it impacts the way we work and interact with others is especially important.
In addition, these eCourses have been added to the UC People Management Series and Certificate as Core Requirements. The eCourses are as follows:
  1. What is Implicit Bias?: Describe how the brain uses shortcuts and schema to process stimuli. Explain how attitudes, stereotypes and biases form. Differentiate between explicit and implicit biases.
  2. The Impact of Implicit Bias: Describe ways in which implicit bias can affect our actions.
  3. Managing the Influence of Implicit Bias: Awareness: Assess your implicit biases. Recognize situations wherein you are more prone to the influence of bias. Recognize external factors that make you more prone to the influence of bias. Evaluate whether you are being influenced by bias. Understanding awareness and humility.
  4. Common Forms of Bias: Understand the common forms of bias.
  5. Managing the Impact of Implicit Bias: Mindfulness and Conscious De-biasing: Learn ways to minimize the influence of implicit bias.
  6. Managing Implicit Bias in the Hiring Process: Decouple the design procedures/structures that protect against biases by diversifying search committees, gaining more ideas, perspective, awareness, sensitivity and tapping into diverse networks.


Elective Requirements

Complete two of the following

UndocuAlly Training – (Elective)

Process:     Submit online registration form 

An ally will support, empower, and advocate with and for undocumented students.  The UndocuAlly training is comprised of staff and faculty who work together to implement educational training with primary goals for attendees to gain better understanding of the needs of undocumented students, policies and laws pertaining to undocumented immigrants, resources available for undocumented students at UC Merced, and ways individuals can be allies to undocumented students and more! 
  • Awareness of state and federal education and immigration policies that impact college access and employment for undocumented students
  • Able to refer undocumented students to appropriate online resources for legal and financial support
  • Knowledge of  where and how to access local, state, and national resources
  • Share information learned with campus and community partners
  • Interpret how programs and policies affect undocumented students
  • Apply information learned to your role on campus and as an ally
Queer Ally Program – (Elective)
Wednesday, February 19,  9am - 12:30 pm
Process:             Register online
Contact:             Angi Baxter
The Queer Ally Program is a campuswide program designed to visibly identify students, staff and faculty members who support the LGBTQ population, understand some of the issues facing LGBTQ individuals, and are aware of the various LGBTQ resources. The three-hour workshop provides a foundation of knowledge needed to be an effective ally to LGBTQ students and those questioning their sexuality. 
Gender Expansive Workshop – (Elective)
**Participants musthave completed the Queer Ally Program workshop after August 2016 in order to attend the Gender Expansive workshop.**

The Gender Expansive Workshop (GE) is the newest Queer Ally Program curriculum expanding participants' understanding of the varied gender identities which fall under the gender expansive umbrella. This 3.5 hour introductory workshop will: 

  • Raise awareness about the gender spectrum;
  • Challenge deeply held notions of gender, gender identity and gender expression; and
  • Identify ways to support the gender expansive community.

The liberating work that will be upheld in this workshop provides an opportunity for participants to understand themselves and others, recognize some of the challenges the gender expansive community face, and the ways in which we can all attempt to create a welcoming and affirming environment for the gender expansive community. In order for participants to enroll in the GE workshop, participants must have completed the Queer Ally Program Workshop after August of 2016.

Understanding Cross Cultural Communication and Diversity in Conflict Modes – (Elective)

 Pre-req 2-day Diversity Awareness Workshop
Process:  Sign up through the Learning Management System
Contact:    Callale Concon, University Ombuds

Course description: Our everyday interactions are cross-cultural experiences and how we communicate are influenced by our cultural and lived experiences. This session will explore how our diverse culture and social identities impact how we communicate across cultures and social groups. Participants will gain knowledge of various cross cultural communication styles from verbal to non-verbal communication and how this can impact workplace interactions. Given different cultural contexts, it is natural for intercultural conflict to occur and the methods we have used can often make the problem more difficult. We will also explore and connect intercultural conflict theories with various conflict resolution practice. You will gain knowledge, understanding, and tools to approach a variety of everyday intercultural situations. Participants will engage with each other on how we can better facilitate effective communication and have greater understanding of how we endeavor to communicate across cultures.

Service-Learning Project

Service-Learning project 
Date:             Begin after completion of the four core programs
Time:             TBD     
Location:       TBD
Process:       Choose from one of the two options listed below. After your project is completed you must attend a Reflection Workshop with José Martínez. Email Jose to schedule your workshop.  
Contact:       De Acker, Director for Campus Climate
Service Learning is a teaching strategy that connects classroom curriculum with service projects.  Service Learning engages participants in projects that serve the community while building social, civic, and academic/theory skills and knowledge. Service Learning is an opportunity for participants to develop common core skills and 21st century skills (collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking/problem solving) through project preparation and development, execution and reflection.
Choose from one of the two options listed below: 

        1. Partner with Vernette Doty and the Community Engagement Center. Two projects to choose from:

  • Get partnered with a senior citizen at the Senior Center and visit at least three times.
  • Distribute food at the Food Bank. 

        2. Propose your own idea. Contact De Acker to discuss and gain approval before initiating. Projects may include:

  • Reflective journaling
  • Facilitated meetings
  • A portfolio and/or a topic paper


Apply to Become a Diversity Facilitator 

Date:             Apply after you have completed the full DACP
Time:             TBD
Contact:        De Acker, Director for Campus Climate 
Process:        Eligible applicants will have completed the full DACSP, which includes 4 core courses, two elective courses and completion of the service learning project. Applicants who become facilitators will receive a STAR award after facilitating three Diversity Awareness Workshops. Upon completion of DACP, applicants must:
  • Submit an application.
  • Participate in an interview.
  • Join the Diversity Awareness Workshop facilitation group.
  • Attend the 2-day Diversity Awareness Workshop as an observer.
  • Co-facilitate a Diversity Awareness Workshop with experienced facilitators.
  • Meet with program coordinators to determine readiness.