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

  • Priority Application Deadline: July 15, 2024
  • Final Deadline: August 30, 2024

Program startOctober 2, 2024

Length & Time Commitment3 months; Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. (ET)

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

Cost

  • Standard rate: $3,200
  • 15% discount available for:
    • Applications received by July 15
    • Penn GSE and Center for Professional Learning alumni
    • Penn employees
    • Groups of 5+ from the same organization, contact us prior to applying. 

Ideal candidatesHigher education leaders, faculty, and administrators

Modality
  • Online
Programs for Working Professionals
Overview

The Race, Diversity, and Equity in Higher Education certificate program offers a virtual, intensive, accelerated, four-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, Ph.D., Penn GSE Assistant Dean for Student Services, and Dr. Jessie Harper, Ed.D., Lecturer, MSW Program, Penn Social Policy & Practice, and former GSE Assistant Dean for 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. Upon successful completion of the certificate, you’ll be able to:

  • Reflect on the history and policies related to diversity in institutions of higher education.
  • Explore the social construction of race and its relationship to equity and diversity.
  • Explore the origin of the notion of whiteness.
  • Discuss its impact on institutions, policies, and individuals
  • Recognize the multiple and simultaneous connections between different forms of bias based on particular identities (race, gender, religion, and sexual identity) and how these are manifested in institutions of higher education.
  • Explore promising practices to approaching diversity and leading institutional change.

Program Schedule

Course Schedule

SessionDate
Diversity in Higher Education: History and PracticeOctober 2
Deconstructing WhitenessOctober 16
The Multi-Faceted Nature of Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education October 30 
Building an Inclusive Community: Access and Choice in Higher EducationNovember 13 
Maintaining an Inclusive Community: Campus Climate and RetentionNovember 27
Retaining an Inclusive Community: Free SpeechDecember 11

 

All sessions are LIVE and held 6:30-8:30 p.m. (ET).

Our Faculty

Penn GSE Faculty Jessie Harper
Lecturer, MSW Program, Penn Social Policy & Practice
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