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Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Accessibility Competencies

The purpose of this worksheet is to create opportunities for employees to participate in learning activities that build Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Accessibility competencies. This worksheet is designed to foster ongoing personal reflection and will be used to guide discussion between you and your supervisor, and may be used with colleagues or as a staff activity.

Competency Areas

Awareness of Diversity

Recognize the various dimensions of diversity and understand self relative to diversity

Develop an awareness of your own culture and how it shapes values, beliefs, and environment

Become aware of how your cultural identity can cause undue influence on those from other backgrounds, through self-assessment

Recognize your own biases

Understand intersectionality and various identities

Understanding of Diversity

Recognize the impact of power, privilege, inequality, and oppression in daily contexts

Promote cultural awareness

Can relate diversity to mission of my department

Describe issues and concerns which arise when values, beliefs, and practices differ from those of a dominant group

Recognize factors impacting successful communication

Appreciate the importance of various identities

Engaging in Diverse Relationships and Opportunities

Engage in meaningful relationships that promote individual and societal transformation

Develop knowledge and skills for designing a cooperative learning environment

Teach and model conflict resolution techniques

Encourage new programmatic partnerships across campus and in the community

Engage in diverse settings, initiatives, programs and trainings

Support and advocate for the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students, faculty, and staff

Sensitivity to Diversity

Actively find ways to address systemic inequities within your department and/or the institution

Promote a sense of physical and emotional safety while also discouraging inappropriate behavior that can affect the feeling of safety

Affirm and respect each individual

Value both differences and similarities among people

Effectively manage conflicts and disagreements