Embody Inclusive Excellence

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) is committed to increasing inclusive excellence and supporting diverse populations on campus and within the Huntsville community. The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) is proud to provide training and development opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and the Huntsville community to develop the knowledge base regarding the subjects of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Through the lens of intersectionality, we teach the UAH community to develop intercultural competence skills and foster intentional allyship. The entire UAH campus is invited to participate in these training sessions, which offer the skills necessary to become a successful global citizen. 

To be a truly inclusive and welcoming campus, it is crucial we recognize the importance of a growth mindset for all members of our community. Whether administrators, faculty, staff, or students, we are challenged to continue to evolve alongside our campus community. We encourage participation in our diversity education and learning opportunities, in addition to our cultural celebrations and events.

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Diversity Initiatives Coordinator discussing Inclusive Hiring

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Interested in scheduling a training or development opportunity for your organization?

Please complete and submit the ODEI Training Request Form.. For any questions, please contact our office, ODEI.

Past Training Opportunities

Want to start a journey into creating a more welcoming environment? Look no further. This workshop is designed to provide a foundation for diversity, equity, and inclusion and serves as the basis for all additional ODEI training opportunities. Participants will learn standard definitions and understand the concept of the Golden Rule 2.0.

This workshop teaches participants the science behind implicit biases and how our thinking is shaped by external stimuli. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in self-discovery while also sharing their experiences with others. This workshop is a great starting point for organizations wanting to introduce DEI topics to their employees.

This workshop discusses the concept of intercultural competency and the skills needed to work with diverse groups of people. Participants will explore global citizenship and culture as they relate to inclusivity. Finally, participants will learn more about diversity management strategies and inclusive excellence

Participants will explore a brief history of various sexuality measurement instruments including the Kinsey Scale and Storms Sexuality Axis. Key terms are explored and common language is explained so that participants feel more comfortable using inclusive language. Additionally, participants will learn about ways to be a better ally and how to make the organization a more welcoming and inclusive space for all.

As the workforce continues to increase in diversity, the need to understand our generational differences grows. This workshop teaches common characteristics of the four distinct generations within our current workforce and how to avoid age discrimination within the workplace. Participants will have the opportunity to learn communication strategies and create a personalized communication guide map for their personal use.

Inclusive Excellence Certificate | Online, Lean Skills, First Person Perspectives, Set Your Pace

Fascinated with learning more about DEI?

Join our new certificate program. This course is for those that never want to stop learning how to become a better individual to all. Click here to register to be a part of the Inclusive Excellence Certificate.

Course Description and Certificate

The idea of inclusive excellence, as developed by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, is a way to embrace this growing diversity at UAH and goes beyond a checkbox or changing demographic percentages. It is a multidimensional process that achieves excellence in learning, researching and teaching, employee development, community engagement, and more. We can reach this excellence through community commitment and offering professional growth opportunities like this course. The framework of inclusive excellence outlines four key elements, which include intellectual and social development, development and utilization of organizational resources, cultural awareness, and creating a welcoming community. These elements are woven throughout this certificate course in a myriad of ways.

For this certificate, I have used the framework, Diversity = equity + inclusion to organize 15 DEI topics.Each topic is a single module which is organized into one of three branches: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The Diversity branch will provide the foundation for DEI topics and is required before moving on to the other two branches. The Equity branch will discuss the forms of systemic oppression such as racism, sexism, and socioeconomic status. The third branch, Inclusion, explores the concept of identities such as sexuality, age, and religion.

There are two levels of completion for this certificate. The first level is completing all 5 modules within the Diversity branch of the framework. In doing so, you will earn the DEI Foundations certificate which indicates that you have earned the Diversity badge and 1.0 Continuing education units, if that is important to you for certain professional associations or membership requirements. Once you have completed all 3 branches of the framework, you will earn an Inclusive Excellence Certificate and 3 CEUs. If you only plan to complete the Foundations, you will need to submit the DEI Foundations Certificate Verification quiz found in the Course Wrap-up module. If you plan to complete the entire certificate, you must complete all 15 modules and submit the Inclusive Excellence Certificate Verification Quiz found in the course wrap-up module. Once you have completed a verification quiz, ODEI will verify your performance and issue your certificate within 5 business days.

To reiterate, the purpose of this certificate is to increase inclusive excellence by strengthening your intercultural competence. What does this mean? It’s your ability to perform effectively & appropriately. The course assignments and discussions are a GREAT opportunity to practice what you’re learning. The activities for each module will vary, but most will have you spending some time self-reflecting. We’ve also included optional additional activities or challenges. These are not required to complete the module but challenge you to dig a little deeper. Each module will have a discussion board and a prompt for students to contemplate. The discussion thread will become available to you after you have posted your own response first. Once you’ve posted your response, we encourage you to read at least two other learners’ responses and provide additional perspectives, encouragement, or advice. All activities are challenge by choice, so please feel free to go as shallow or deep as comfortable for you. I do encourage you to lean into the discomfort and not just blow through the assignments to quickly finish the course. Just remember to be respectful and appropriate during your time in the course!

Contact the ODEI at 256.824.2500 or diversity@uah.edu to schedule a training session.