Stephen F. Austin State University

Diversity and Inclusion Certification Program

SFA Diversity and Inclusion Certification Program

OMA Diversity and Inclusion Certification Program

The SFA Diversity and Inclusion Certification Program is a program within the Office of Multicultural Affairs meant to engage Stephen F. Austin State University's faculty and staff and expose them to critical issues in diversity, multicultural education and social justice. The program aims to facilitate relationship building and learning opportunities across the SFA Campus.
As part of the supporting goal, "Redefining University Culture", within SFA's strategic plan, this certification program hopes to foster an engaged workplace at SFA where civility, inclusivity and accountability are guiding principles for everyone. In addition, this program supports the Office of Multicultural Affairs mission to create a campus environment where all students, faculty and staff feel welcome and included. This program will provide opportunities for meaningful cross-cultural interactions and learning experiences that promote respect for diversity.
The strategic goals for this program are as follows:
This program is for all SFA Faculty and Staff. There is no cost to enroll in this program. Faculty and staff may complete these workshops as a means to earn the certificate or they may attend individual workshops based on professional interests and/or needs. To earn the certificate, participants must attend the core workshop, Diversity and Inclusion at SFA: Foundations. In addition, participants must attend four elective training workshop offerings.

Diversity and Inclusion Certification Flyer

Diversity and Inclusion Certification Flyer

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Updated: Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

This is great! How do I participate?

Step One: Register for the program through the OMA website. The link is one the right of this page.

Step Two: Register for individual courses through myTraining. This can be found on the employee tab through mySFA.

How will I know what workshops are offered?
Workshop listings will be listed on the OMA website ( and on myTraining at the beginning of each semester. In addition, a list of courses will be emailed to the registered participants periodically throughout the year.
How long is each workshop?
Approximately 2 hours a piece.
When do I need to complete the program?
  • The pace is completely up to the participant. However, please remember courses are listed per semester. Each semester the workshop listings will differ. Therefore, if you see a course you would like to attend, do not wait!
  • Participants are encouraged to keep up with their trainings through the myTraining. The Office of Multicultural Affairs will also keep up with attendance records as well.
What happens when I complete the program?
  • All participants who complete for the certificate program will be invited to a graduation. During this ceremony all graduates will be named "SFA Diversity Ambassadors". A special certificate and award will be given to each graduate.
  • In order to qualify for the graduation a completion form must be turned into the Office of Multicultural Affairs by the deadline. The form can be found on
  • Dates for graduation will be listed on the OMA website. Qualified graduates will be sent an RSVP form and official invitation.

Fall 2019 Workshops

Required Workshop:

Facilitator: Veronica Beavers, Director of Multicultural Affairs; Jalon Berry, Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs

This presentation gives a basic overview on diversity and an overview of the current demographics at SFA. Basic terminology such as diversity, social justice, stereotypes and microagressions are explored. In addition, we will discuss cultural identities, current societal issues as well as give participants the tools they need to safely and effectively intervene to make SFA a more welcoming and inclusive environment.

Elective Workshop(s):


Facilitator: Dr. Lauren Burrow, Associate Professor, Elementary Education

This session will guide participants to analyze their current syllabi for policies and wording that could be culturally unaware/discriminate against their learners. The session will facilitate discussion about policies and statements that can be added to help students of diverse identities feel more welcomed before they even come to class; for example, including notifications about existing University-based assistance: HungerJacks, Counseling Services, etc.,including professor's pronouns in syllabus introductions, and including letters from the University President (like the one welcoming DACA students) to establish an inclusive community that allows students to focus on learning. The session will also alert professors to existing organizations and opportunities to help them continue their understanding of diverse student identities and their needs so that they are better prepared to support students. The session will conclude with simple steps to help position professors as student allies during the first week of class.


Facilitator: Jamal Smith, Director of Orientation Programs

This facilitated presentation and discussion will create an understanding of gender and sexuality as it relates to today's LGBTQ college student. Foundational information related to sexual orientation and gender-identity, issues in higher education and opportunities to better support the LGBTQ student population will be provided. Additional insight pertaining to LGBTQ social trends (i.e. social media, PRIDE, allyship and visibility on campus) will be explained in a way that provides opportunity for reflection and strategy development for your specific area of expertise on campus.


Facilitator: John Fontenot, Coordinator of Veterans Resource Center

Military veterans, dependents of veterans and ROTC as students need a certain level of support as well as key services to help ensure that they have a successful, long-lasting experience.


Facilitator: Dr. Sudeshna Roy

As a University campus in the US, we are privileged to interact with people from different cultures, ethnicities, national identity and race on a daily basis. This session will facilitate discussions on how we can challenge our own biases, perceptions, and knowledge when working with such people on campus. The workshop will help participants use intercultural communication strategies to support cultural adjustment for interactions with students, faculty and staff.


Facilitator: Shannon Jacobs, Coordinator of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services and Senior Interpreter, Office of Disability Services

This workshop will provide attendees a general overview of Deaf Culture and how it specifically relates to the Deaf/Hard of Hearing population in higher education. In this workshop, we will debunk some common misconceptions of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community as well as discuss the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population as a vastly diverse and often disenfranchised group. The intended outcome of this workshop is for attendees to gain a clear understanding of the Deaf community and culture, as well as discuss some of the challenges that Deaf/Hard of Hearing students face daily. We will also examine the relationship between the hearing world, interpreters, and the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community.


Facilitator: Dorothy Tubbs, Project Coordinator, Office of Violence Against Women

This workshop will provide attendees with a brief overview of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking at SFA, as well as the effects of these traumas on victims. We will then dive in to discuss what being "trauma informed" looks like in the academic setting, as well as how to navigate class discussions that may retraumatize survivors of gender-based violence.