The “diverse organization” embodies the value of diversity across all of its operations. Diversity, as a value, co-exists within the organization at the same level and on the same plane as the values of effectiveness and efficiency. This means practices within an organization are aligned with the value of diversity as a core value. The Diversity Assessment and Engagement Program (DAEP) is a certificate-granting, diversity leadership program designed for mid-level and senior administrators to assist organizations in becoming diverse entities. It does so by providing guidance on organizational diversity audits, individual and unit diversity plans, and leading educational activities that promote understanding of diversity issues and practices among organizational personnel.
A flexible program, DAEP, has the following learning objectives for its educational activities:
Participants will develop:
1. Self-awareness regarding the sources of their values, behaviors, and perspectives that shape their orientation toward and interactions with persons and groups different from their own;
2. Increased understanding of cultural differences between their own culture and that of others different from their own;
3. The importance of diversity leadership in contemporary organizations and increased understanding of organizational approaches for addressing the challenge of and barriers faced in becoming an inclusive, diversity-competent organization;
4. Greater personal sense of efficacy in providing services to underserved populations.
5. Sustainable practices for outreach and engagement with minority populations.
The program consists of nine interactive sessions with participants focused on activities aligned with these five objectives. The program has capacity for 20 community leaders, professionals, and administrators. Participants must complete all sessions to obtain the certificate. The program costs are $2000.
Through the development and implementation of individual diversity projects, program participants engage in activities that contribute to the realization of these objectives and which provide experiences that enhance their skills and abilities to interact professionally with persons from diverse backgrounds.
The program is designed and facilitated by Rubén Martinez, Ph.D., Daniel Vélez-Ortiz, Ph.D., and Pilar Horner, Ph.D., from the Julian Samora Research Institute, Michigan State University. Each of these scholars has expertise and extensive experience in designing diversity programs for developing multicultural capacity within organizations and multicultural orientations and skills among individuals.
Applications are no longer being accepted for academic year 2016-17. Please check back in the spring.