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
For U-M graduate students and postdoctoral scholars accepted into the DEICP, there are no additional costs or fees associated with participating in the DEICP as it is included in your tuition. The program is not credit bearing and will not appear on your transcript. The DEICP is a hybrid program, and while we offer both in-person and online (via Zoom) workshops, it can be completed solely online.
Only University of Michigan graduate students and postdoctoral scholars (on all three campuses; Flint, Dearborn, and Ann Arbor) are eligible to apply and participate in the DEICP. Please note that space in the DEI Certificate Program is limited. Rackham will be working with programs to assist us in assessing applications.
- Complete five core DEI professional development trainings/workshops.
- Attend a minimum of five additional non-core DEI professional development workshops.
- Submit a reflection form within 72 hours of completing each workshop using their dashboard (linked below). Additional 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.
- Complete the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI): pre-survey, group meeting, and post-survey. Participation in the individual IDI coaching session is optional this academic year (‘23-‘24).
- Program requirements will take approximately 30 hours to complete.
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. 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 within two academic years of being accepted into the program, prior to graduating from the University of Michigan, or prior to completing your postdoctoral program (whichever occurs first). While we provide our participants up to two academic years to complete the DEICP, our program evaluation research indicates that intercultural development gains are greatest when the program is completed in one year. You must be currently enrolled as a University of Michigan graduate student or postdoctoral scholar at the time you submit your application and when you complete your requirements.