Colleges and universities are working to live up to their ideals. Prepare yourself with the knowledge, mindsets, and skills to lead on issues of race, diversity, and equity on your campus.

The Race, Diversity, and Equity in Higher Education certificate program is designed for higher education professionals looking to deepen their understanding and develop their leadership on historical and contemporary topics related to inclusion, justice, power, and privilege in higher education settings. 

What Sets Us Apart

  Engage in live virtual sessions that allow you to connect with a wide network of higher education professionals
  Learn alongside a cohort of peers committed to pursuing equity and social justice on their campuses
 Experience an innovative curriculum focused on racial equity and diversity from the top-ranked Penn Graduate School of Education

About the Program

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical not only for our college and university campuses, but also for the health and vibrancy of our society. The Race, Diversity, and Equity in Higher Education certificate program at Penn GSE prepares individuals to successfully navigate the challenges and opportunities inherent in leading within institutions of higher education.

Application deadline
May 15, 2023

Program startJune 7, 2023

Program length3 months

Certificate offeredPenn GSE Certificate in Race, Diversity, and Equity in Higher Education

Professional developmentContinuing education credits

Format(s)

  • Virtual

Cost

Ideal candidatesHigher education leaders, faculty, and administrators

Programs for Working Professionals
Overview

The Race, Diversity, and Equity in Higher Education certificate program offers a virtual, intensive, accelerated, 4-month professional learning experience that reflects on the history and policies related to diversity and equity in institutions of higher education, explores the workings of racism and bias and their impact, and examines promising practices to approaching diversity and equity and leading institutional change. Designed and facilitated by Dr. Ann E. Tiao (Penn GSE Assistant Dean for Student Services) and Dr. Jessie Harper (Assistant Dean, Faculty Affairs and Diversity), this new and innovative certificate program will engage higher education personnel in an exploration of critical issues, ideas, and best practices related to race, diversity, and equity.

Modeled after a popular graduate course at Penn GSE, this program was created for higher education leaders and administrators. This program covers important and relevant topics such as:

  • Diversity in Higher Education: History and Practice
  • Deconstructing Whiteness
  • The Multi-Faceted Nature of Bias in Higher Education
  • Building an Inclusive Community: Access and Choice in Higher Education
  • Campus Climate and Retention
  • Retaining an Inclusive Community: Free Speech

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Our Faculty

Penn GSE Faculty Jessie Harper
Assistant Dean, Faculty Affairs and Diversity
Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania
Penn GSE Faculty Ann E. Tiao
Assistant Dean for Student Services
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Contact Us

For more information about the Race, Diversity, and Equity in Higher Education certificate program, contact us at ProfessionalLearning@gse.upenn.edu