Online Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certificate Program


Gwynedd Mercy University's new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program prepares you with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary to be a leader who advances social justice. The coursework will deepen your knowledge about the existential issues of our time, encourage you to reflect on your own practice, and guide you in developing a social justice orientation and mission-based advocacy.

This DEI Certificate program is designed for leaders from all industries who seek to better serve their students, employees, and constituents by overcoming institutional and cultural barriers.

Why Choose GMercyU

The DEI Certificate program is rooted in GMercyU's core values of integrity, respect, service, and social justice, and serves to develop and enhance the next generation of instructional and organizational leaders for a more just society, including:

  • Recognition of White privilege and the elimination of structural racism
  • Stewardship of the earth and life sustainability
  • Just and humane immigration
  • Peaceful protest and advocacy for justice as a human right
  • Overcoming institutional and cultural barriers to women
  • Gender identity and sexual orientation as human rights

Curriculum

The first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate session begins in January 2023.

To enhance the teaching and learning experience, this program includes a mix of online coursework and in-person weekend residencies on Gwynedd Mercy University’s campus. The online courses will be seven weeks long while residency courses are just three weeks long, including a weekend residency on campus.

The DEI Certificate program will include three tracks where students will complete five courses in a choice of concentrations:

  • PK-12 Schools and School Districts – Geared towards educators and administrators serving Grades K-12
  • Higher Education – Geared towards educators and administrators in higher education
  • General – Geared towards leaders in all industries, including HR, management, finance, law, health, sciences, and technology, among others

EDU 503 Social & Political Foundations: Power, Privilege, and Reflections on Self-Bias

This course is an inquiry into the fundamental purposes of social and political institutions in the U.S. Students will deeply examine their own personal beliefs and bias to better understand contemporary issues as well as the philosophical, political and cultural origins of institutions and organizational patterns.

EDU 711 The Teacher’s Role in a Just Society: A Personal and Professional Reflection

Teachers and Adminstrators play a central role in guiding school children to understand and accept others of diverse backgrounds. This course provides learnings, reflections, and sharing, toward creating a personal and professional tool kit for teachers who are committed to the success of every student. Students will reflect and identify their own personal bias and attitudes toward racism. Students will benefit from classroom recognition of their strengths and need related to bias and race and build strategies in their tool box to counteract bias and racism. This course provides the first safe space for the remainder of the program to begin the conversation and their personal transformational journey in DEI.

EDU 573 Community Relations and the Culturally Responsive School

This course is designed to guide school personnel in developing leadership skills that exemplifies equity. In addition, skills, knowledge, and dispositions that are vital to communicating effectively with and relating to all school constituent individuals and groups, and fundamental to initiating, implementing, managing, and evaluating effective communication strategies, styles, and practices with and between all parties in the schooling process. This course provides the second opportunity of a safe space to engage in conversations that may be challenging to reflect on the content of this course as well as the previous course content and personal reflections. 

EDU 712 Social-Emotional Competency in the Elementary & Secondary Classroom

Teachers will benefit from developing social-emotional learning and culturally responsive competencies to promote a positive equitable learning environment for all students. Teachers will also develop skills to address microaggressions and overt and implicit bias among students and set a positive role model.

EDU 713 Teacher Leadership: Rethinking Practice in the School & Classroom Through the Lens of Equity

This course is designed to guide school personnel in an understanding of leadership and the importance of equity in the school and classrooms. Strategies will be presented to:

  • Assist teachers in building their own Equity-Centered Leadership skills to become “Equicentric Leaders”
  • Cultivate Effective Collaboration with colleagues, administrators, parents and stakeholders through the lens of equity
  • Rethink bias, stereotypes, and expectations as it relates to students, parents, and colleagues
  • Understand cultural differences as they relate to behavior and social interaction between teachers and students and with each other
  • Assessing the classroom and school community environment in terms of equitable practices, assessment, behavior and social interactions, and growth in instructional planning and delivery, resources, assessment of skills, and interaction with students, parents, and colleagues
  • Students will create and present a culminating project that informs DEI practice, policy, and/or procedure.

This course will also provide a space for students to debrief, share, and reflect on this Program and share next steps in their personal and leadership journey.

EDU 701 Understanding Human Diversity in Gender, Race/Ethnicity, Socioeconomics, & Exceptionality

 The concept of diversity includes acceptance and respect for the broad range of human characteristics in their socioecological, historical, and cultural contexts, as well as understanding that each individual, family, community, and societal group has uniqueness.


EDU 721 Educating for a Just Society in Scholarship, Advocacy, and Action

Public policy, common mind-sets, and individual dispositions can be changed through writings, teachings, organizing, and advocating social change through a broad range of media, social settings, and involvements.


EDU 722 Social-Emotional Competency in the College Classroom

Instructors will benefit from developing social-emotional learning competencies to promote a positive learning environment for all students.


EDU 723 DEI Leadership in Higher Education

Strategies and tool kits for advancing the cause of DEI in higher education make up this course for those who aspire to changing campus culture and climate.


EDU 724 Unconscious Bias & Micro-Aggression in Higher Education

To promote a deeper understanding of unconscious or implicit bias in the college classroom, this course offers insights on micro-aggressions and the impact they may have on college student disposition, retention, and success.

EDU 701 Understanding Human Diversity in Gender, Race/Ethnicity, Socioeconomics, & Exceptionality

The concept of diversity includes acceptance and respect for the broad range of human characteristics in their socioecological, historical, and cultural contexts, as well as understanding that each individual, family, community, and societal group has uniqueness.


EDU 503 Social & Political Foundations: Power and Privilege

This course is an inquiry into the fundamental purposes of social and political institutions in the U.S. Students will deeply examine their own personal beliefs and bias to better understand contemporary issues as well as the philosophical, political and cultural origins of institutions and organizational patterns.


EDU 592 Professional Development and Transformational Leadership

This course will provide students with the knowledge of: developing meaningful professional development, training, and structure; strategies to align assessments with curricula and standards; and build a collaborative environment to encourage high quality instructional delivery for all students.


EDU 702  The Social Justice Movement: Activists and Community Leaders

Learn how to transform norms around racial justice, immigrant rights, gender and sexuality, and discover the contributions of diverse leaders in transforming cultures toward a more just society.


EDU 724 Unconscious Bias & Micro-Aggression in Higher Education & the Workplace

To promote a deeper understanding of unconscious or implicit bias in the college classroom, this course offers insights on micro-aggressions and the impact they may have on college student disposition, retention, and success.

Admissions Requirements

Our DEI Certificate program is designed for graduates of a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree program. To apply for the DEI Certificate, please submit the following materials:

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts from Baccalaureate-degree-granting institution *
    • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is expected. Candidates with a GPA lower than 3.0 are encouraged to apply and will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • Official transcripts from every other college or university attended *
  • Professional resume**
  • Two completed supervisory reference forms**
  • International Students: TOEFL Scores - A minimum score of 550 (written), 213 (computer), or 79 (internet) on the TOEFL examination (non-US applications only). International applicants may not be able to secure all required background checks or sit for required licensure exams.
  • Personal interviews may be required as needed

** Submit DEI materials to DEIadmissions@gmercyu.edu.

 Please include the name of the Program and your Last Name in the Subject Line: of your email.

*Official transcripts can be sent electronically to GMercyU via Parchment or mailed directly from the school to:

Gwynedd Mercy University
Admissions House – DEI Program
1325 Sumneytown Pike, PO Box 901
Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437

If you are applying through the School District of Philadelphia partnership, please see below for more details, including admissions requirements.

Partnerships

School District of Philadelphia

Gwynedd Mercy University and the School District of Philadelphia have partnered together to provide SDP staff and administrators the opportunity to participate in the DEI Certificate PK-12 Track.

To apply for the DEI Certificate as part of our partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, please submit the following materials:

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts from Baccalaureate-degree-granting institution *
    • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is expected. Candidates with a GPA lower than 3.0 are encouraged to apply and will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • Official transcripts from every other college or university attended *
  • Professional resume**
  • Two completed supervisory reference forms
  • International Students: TOEFL Scores - A minimum score of 550 (written), 213 (computer), or 79 (internet) on the TOEFL examination (non-US applications only). International applicants may not be able to secure all required background checks or sit for required licensure exams.
  • Personal interviews may be required as needed

*Official transcripts can be sent electronically to GMercyU via Parchment or mailed directly from the school to:

Gwynedd Mercy University
Admissions House – DEI Program
1325 Sumneytown Pike, PO Box 901
Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437

The five courses will be completed as follows:

  • 3 three week-long online courses with a weekend on-ground residency* alternating with 2 seven-week fully online courses
  • One week off between courses
  • A three-week break for the winter holidays, and a one week for the School District of Philadelphia’s spring break

*Location for residency weekends: University Hall, Gwynedd Mercy University

EDU 711 The Teacher’s Role in a Just Society: A Personal & Professional Reflection

  • Oct 1-2 Weekend Residency
  • Oct 3-23 (3 weeks online)

EDU 503 Social & Political Foundations: Power, Privilege, and Reflections on Self-Bias

  • Oct 31-Dec 18 (7 weeks online)

EDU 573 Community Relations and the Culturally-Responsive School

  • Jan 7-8 Weekend Residency
  • Jan 9-29 (3 weeks online)

EDU 712 Social-Emotional Competency in the Elementary & Secondary Classroom: How Is Learning Assessed? How Are Beliefs Changed?

  • Feb 6-March 26 (7 weeks online)

EDU 713 Teacher Leadership: Rethinking Practice in the School & Classroom Through the Lens of Equity

  • April 10-28 (3 weeks online)
  • April 29-30 Weekend Residency

Earn your DEI Certificate

Graduates of this post-baccalaureate program will become a vital resource for others on how to better serve the needs of people who face institutional and cultural barriers to access and success.

Take the next step towards your professional goals by earning your post-baccalaureate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certificate with GMercyU. Email DEI@gmercyu.edu to contact an admissions counselor, or begin your application online now!