Faculty & Staff

Professional Development Opportunity: Diversity

The Intercultural Diversity Committee is proud to promote and sponsor professional development opportunities for ICC faculty and staff!

We have partnered with the University of Illinois to offer a graduate certificate in Diversity and Equity in Education. This 12-hour certificate will be offered not only at ICC tuition rates, but ICC has agreed to cover 100% of the tuition for a limited number of employees each year.

What is the Diversity and Equity in Education program?

Diversity & Equity in Education (DE) is a social-justice oriented program that aims at providing educators with transformative approaches to issues related to diversity and equity in P-16 learning environments. Courses will help teachers, administrators, school staff, and other educators to understand how diversity and equity relates to learning theories, leadership, and pedagogy.  Our interdisciplinary approach to diversity and equity will cover the intersections of disability, race, gender, sexual orientation, social class, and poverty and draws on interdisciplinary research in education.

A limited number of employees can begin the program this summer or fall. To earn the certificate, you will need to complete three courses within one academic year. Classes are offered over the summer and during two eight-week sessions each semester. Participants would take one summer or fall 2019 class, and one or two spring 2020 classes, and so on until three courses have been completed. Each course is a four-credit hour class. The program is entirely online; however, each course does have mandatory synchronous learning, meaning you do have to be online and active for class discussions at a particular day and time each week during the course.

If you are interested in this professional development opportunity, please e-mail Intercultural Diversity Committee Chair Joe Chianakas at [email protected]. Please e-mail if you are interested by Wednesday, May 1.

In your e-mail, please include the following:

  1. A brief statement of how the class(es) will augment instruction or benefit the staff member
  2. Which of the classes (listed below) you’d like to take this summer or fall (click on their links for course description)

Due to our budget, ICC can only pay tuition for a limited number of participants each year. If we have more employees interested than the number we can pay for, then your responses will be shared with our committee. The committee will select the employees it sees as receiving the greatest benefit from the program to begin.

In return for paying your tuition, it will be expected that you give back something to your colleagues as to what you learned from the program, such as in a future Celebration of Learning panel or similar presentation.

To learn more about the certificate and to see the full list of classes available, visit: https://education.illinois.edu/epol/programs-degrees/de/certificate

Listed below are the summer classes, dates of those classes, and the days/times you would need to be online. Please choose one (or two if you want both summer and fall) that you would be interested in taking if you wish to begin this program.


EPS 405: Historical and Social Barriers (Summer 5/13-6/21, synchronous meetings Mon 6-9 pm)

EPS 415: Technology and Educational Reform (Summer 5/13-6/21, synchronous meetings Thurs 4-6 pm)


EPS 536: Race, Gender, and Sexuality Issues (Fall 2019, 8-/26-10/18, synchronous meetings Tuesdays 7-9 pm)

EPS 530: Education and Globalization (Fall 8/26-10/18, synchronous meetings Tuesdays 6-8 pm)

EPS 533: Global Youth and Citizenship (Fall 10/21-12/11, synchronous meetings Tuesdays 7-9 pm)