This workshop is part of Michigan Tech's ongoing commitment to faculty diversity in building a supportive campus climate. Successful completion of the Diversity Literacy Workshop is required for Diversity Literacy Certification. The Workshop is organized as a three-week online course (with 2-3 hours of work per week, at the student's convenience) building literacy in recognizing unconscious bias, and culminates with a single seminar on the legal aspects of diversity-centered hiring practices.
For those who have already taken the full three-week diversity literacy course, a one-week “refresher” course will be required every three years (one week of Diversity Literacy, followed by one week of Legal Aspects). A refresher course is required once every three years to remain certified. Beyond the three year limit, a one year grace period is allowed, but should certification lapse for more than that year, the full three-week course will be required again.
The Diversity Literacy Training Component
The three-week online component of the workshop focuses on understanding, recognizing, and responding to unconscious bias related to gender, race, age, disability, religion, or other “protected” classes as defined by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. These biases can hinder the successful recruitment, retention, and promotion of a diverse faculty at Michigan Tech. Participants should plan to spend approximately two hours each week in exploring the scenarios provided by completing the required readings, videos, quizzes, and discussion questions
The Legal Aspects Seminar Component
The final component of the workshop is an online course provided by The Office of Institutional Equity in which participants leverage what they have learned in the Diversity Literacy Training Component (above) to addressing how diversity impacts and is impacted by university policies, state and federal laws (e.g., affirmative action requirements) and any policies or procedures relevant to committee work and the faculty hiring process at Michigan Tech.