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Division of Student Affairs

Community & Equity Certificate for Faculty and Staff

We are excited to introduce a new professional development opportunity available to all WSU faculty and staff. The Community & Equity Certificate lays the groundwork for a challenging, personal journey for individuals who are committed to creating equitable and inclusive environments. Through the certificate program, faculty and staff will expand their understanding of equity-mindedness and build a toolkit for engaging more effectively with students, colleagues, and community partners.

Certificate Requirements 

Faculty and staff must complete seven workshops across four areas to earn the certificate. 

The first area, Building a Foundation, offers an overview of equity at a land-grant institution. In the second area, Allyship, participants will gain tangible tools for being an ally to a specific marginalized community. Skill Building focuses on skills for creating more equitable workplaces. In the final area, Building Community Together, participants will discuss issues of equity.

Participants may complete the workshops in any order, although Community & Equity 102 and 103 have prerequisites. If you have completed any of the workshops prior to Fall 2020, they still count towards the certificate.

Click on the workshop links provided in the 'Current Offerings' section to register for individual courses through Human Resource Services. Several workshops are currently open to registration, and more will be added soon. 

Current Offerings

View the full Community & Equity Certificate catalog on the Human Resource Services website.

Certificate History

Support for equity, inclusion, and social justice-related professional development for faculty and staff has continued to increase in recent years, including requests from students for this programming. The value this education has to WSU is reflected in one of the 2020-25 Strategic Plan core beliefs: achieving an ethically and socially just society for all.

These efforts also play an important role in fulfilling metric 11 of WSU's Drive to 25, which calls for establishing a welcoming and inclusive environment. Becoming a culturally responsive and committed institution does not happen overnight and must continually be shepherded by dedicated faculty, staff, and administrators.

The Division of Student Affairs, along with institutional partners, have worked to develop consistent tools and plans to pursue and sustain this work for years to come. To that end, we have developed the Community & Equity Certificate Program. This certificate will ensure individuals who actively engage in these practices are recognized and celebrated.

 If you have any questions related to the certificate program, please contact Merrianneeta Nesbitt, Office of Outreach and Education Assistant Director, at 509-335-5078 or