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Rackham Professional Development Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certificate

Rackham is committed to enhancing the development and training offerings related to diversity, equity, and inclusion for all University of Michigan graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and is now offering a Professional Development DEI Certificate. This program (open only to University of Michigan graduate students and postdoctoral fellows) is designed to prepare participants to work in a diverse environment while fostering a climate of inclusivity.

All required DEI Certificate core workshops will take place virtually in fall 2021. We will determine whether opportunities will be in-person or virtual in winter 2022 at a later date.

Program Details

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will possess:

  • Increased DEI knowledge and skills to prepare them for a diverse and global job market
  • The ability to accurately define and conceptualize DEI terms
  • Opportunities for further engagement in DEI scholarship and leadership positions
  • A diversity statement that demonstrates commitment to DEI
  • An official certificate of completion, signed by the dean of Rackham Graduate School and the University of Michigan chief diversity officer, which can be listed on a curriculum vitae or resume


The program is open only to University of Michigan graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Please note that space in the DEI Certificate program is limited. Rackham will be working with programs to assist us in assessing applications.

Participant Commitments

  • Complete five core DEI professional development trainings/workshops.
  • Attend a minimum of five additional professional development trainings in a specialized skill track of their interest, for example, teaching, research, leadership, or service/engagement.
  • Submit a reflection form within 72 hours of completing each training. Instructions on submission will be provided to participants upon acceptance to the program.
  • Submit a diversity statement that integrates and highlights their DEI professional development experiences.
  • Conduct an informational interview.
  • Participate in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Assessment: pre-survey, group meeting, individual assessment, and post-survey.
  • Program requirements will take approximately 30 hours to complete.

Core Trainings

Participants must complete the five core professional development diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings listed in this section. Rackham will offer sessions related to these topics, or you can attend an equivalent training. Participation in events and workshops does not have to take place in any particular order.

Core Trainings List

  • Learning About Racism/Anti-Racism
  • Demonstrating a Commitment to Diversity/Writing a Diversity Statement
  • Bystander Intervention
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Creating an Inclusive Environment/Connecting Across Differences

Completing the Certificate

All program requirements must be completed in two years, and participants will need to complete all program requirements before graduating. Participants can successfully complete the certificate in one academic year for a more intensive experience.

Apply to the Program

For students interested in pursuing the program in the 2021-22 academic year, the application is open. The application will close Monday, September 13. There are no associated costs to participate in the program.

Still have questions about the DEI Certificate? Register to attend an Information Session.

Thursday, September 2, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Friday, September 10, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Program Dashboard for Current Participants

Use the program dashboard to submit your reflection forms after participating in an event or workshop.

DEI Certificate Ceremony

Congratulations to everyone who received their Rackham Professional Development Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certificates! We wish we could celebrate with you in person, but we’re pleased to recognize your accomplishment nonetheless! Visit our DEI Certificate Ceremony page to see messages of congratulations from Rackham Dean Mike Solomon and others to all of our 2021 certificate recipients.

Contact Professional and Academic Development

1530 Rackham Building
915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070


Professional and Academic Development is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The office is closed Saturdays and Sundays and on the following holidays: Thanksgiving (Thursday and the following Friday), Christmas through New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day (July 4), and Labor Day.