Stephen F. Austin State University

Faculty and Staff 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 Flyers

Spring 2022 Flyer

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Updated: Thursday, January 06, 2022

Level II and III Program Flyer

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Updated: Monday, March 29, 2021

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.
Once I complete Level I, what are my options?
Sign up for Level II and then, Level III. More information regarding program levels can be found under "Program Flyers" on this page. In addition, click the button on the left of this page to register.

Fall 2022 Workshops- Level I

Required Workshop:
Diversity and Inclusion at SFA: Foundations

Facilitator: Veronica Beavers, Director of Multicultural Affairs; Ja'von Long, 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 microaggressions 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.

Available Dates: September 26th, 2022 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Zoom); October 20th, 2022 10-12 p.m. (Zoom); November 7th, 2022 3-5 p.m. (Zoom)

Elective Workshop(s):

Supporting Autistic College Students

Facilitators: Jaime Flowers; Daniel McCleary

17% of Autistic adults enroll in a 4-year college. These individuals have a unique set of challenges, and often have very little support at the college level. Through this session you will learn classroom strategies and techniques to support these students. Providing a supportive environment to Autistics in the classroom will making our college campus more accessible.

Available Dates: September 15, 2022 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Zoom); October 19, 2022 9-11:00 a.m. (Zoom)

Understanding the B in LGBTQ+

Facilitator: Graham Garner; Dr. Kacee Garner

This presentation will focus on the B in LGBTQ+ queer identities in an attempt to share information, increase visibility and improve allyship. Bisexuals make up 52% of the LGB community but are less visible, less-frequently studied and far less open about their sexuality than gay or lesbian individuals. Bisexuals experience higher rates of sexual and intimate partner violence and poorer health outcomes than lesbian, gay or straight individuals. Approximately 11%of Americans acknowledge some level of same-sex attraction, while 8% have engaged in same-sex sexual behavior. Bisexual individuals face substantial stigma, erasure and invisibility as they navigate their relationships and identity development. Frequently, they feel neither straight enough nor gay enough to belong. Bisexuality is fetishized in media portrayals and largely ignored in historical points of view. Bisexuals are subjected to frequent microaggressions and face increased obstacles to coming out. Increasing numbers of youth are self-reporting bisexual or pansexual identities, making this topic important and relevant for college campuses.

Available Dates: November 1, 2022 2:00-3:30 (BPSC Commons) ;November 8th, 2022 2-3:30 p.m. (BPSC Multimedia)

More Than The (Re)Mix: Understanding Multiracial College Students

Facilitator: Dr. Pietro Sasso

The percentage of the U.S. population that identifies as Multiracial is growing at a rapid rate. Multiracial people are presently the fastest growing population in the United States. The 2020 Census showed a 276% increase for Multiracial populations up to 33.8 million people; this is due to improvements for Hispanic origin (i.e., more holistic questions) and race questions (U.S. Census Bureau, 2021). However, it must be noted that past erasure of Mixed heritages, sociopolitical connections to a monoracial group, geographic location, familial challenges, among others, may cause mis-reporting (Museus et al., 2016). Multiraciality exists across a broad historical narrative that has disallowed its authentic representation. Multiraciality has previously been legally and structurally made invisible or established as a limited identity. Student constructed spaces have developed as attempts to provide visibility, identity development, and representation which promote a sense of belonging among its participants. This session covers multiracial microaggressions and monoracism, racialized experiences of multiracial people in higher education, peer interactions on two levels: challenges with monoracism and the impetus to form and challenges with Multiracial student organizations.Available

Dates: September 1, 2022 12-1:30 p.m (BPSC Multimedia); October 13th, 2022 12-1:00 p.m. (BPSC Multimedia)

Safe Space Training

Facilitator: Veronica Beavers, Director of Multicultural Affairs; Ja'von Long, Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs; Rhylie Gachot, Assistant Director of Orientation and Transition Programs

A Safe Space is a welcoming, supportive, and safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students. Safe Space Ally Training is designed to help campuses create a safe space for LGBTQ+ students. One of the most effective ways to create a safe space is to be a supportive ally to LGBTQ+ students. This session will educate you on how to be an effective ally.

Available Dates: October 6, 2022 3-5 p.m.

Deconstructing Privilege

Facilitator: Dr. Kacee Garner

Privilege is a loaded and often misunderstood term. This session would build on my published writing on the topic to take a closer look at privilege in terms of gender, race and ability. It will outline the hallmarks of privilege, provide concrete examples, and help participants disambiguate privilege in the DEI context from wealth or opportunity.

Available Dates: September 27, 2022 2-3:30 p.m. (BPSC Multimedia); October 25th, 2022 2-3:30 p.m. . (BPSC Multimedia)

True Colors

Facilitator: Ken Morton

This workshop uses the True Colors personality profile test to help participants learn more about their own personality, as well as, that of those around them in everyday life. Understanding how our differences affect how we interact with others both positively and negatively can have a big impact on the quality of those relationships. This workshop is designed to help you with not only personal relationship but perhaps even more with relationships in the workplace. Why does that one co-worker drives you crazy? Why does it seem like others don't understand me? All of these may be simply the way we normally function but those differences can be seen as a positive instead of a negative with the right understanding of how we all work and live differently based on our personality traits. This is a very interactive session so join us to learn more about yourself and those around you!

Available Dates: September 16, 2022 12-1:00 p.m. (BPSC Multimedia); October 14, 2022 12-1:00 p.m. (BPSC Multimedia)

First-Generation Needs

Facilitators: Kate Childress

This session will discuss how to better assist and meet the needs of first-generation college students at SFA. How do they study? What do they not know? What support do they have? What support do they need? Exploring ways faculty and staff can add more tools when assisting first-gen students. In spring 2022, The Student Success Center and the School of Social Work conducted a First-Gen Needs Assessment to assess the needs of our first-generation students and what we can do to best meet the students where they are at.

Available Dates: October 12, 2022 2-3:30 p.m. (Zoom); November 2, 2022 10-11:30 a.m. (Zoom); December 6, 2022 3-4:30 p.m. (Zoom)

Helping Our Students Survive College: Be Aware, Be an Advocate, and Be More Inclusive

Facilitators: Clare Fite, Director of Counseling Services; Prici Ceja

This session will educate faculty and staff on the mental health (signs, symptoms and trends) of our students across diverse populations (BIPOC, LGBTQ+, intersectional) specifically in relation to COVID-19 and current social justice issues. This portion will focus on providing education including- • Stats across populations • Information on how culture and social norms plays a part in how MH presents itself • Signs and symptoms for staff and faculty to look out for i.e. students experiencing depression, adjustment issues, anxiousness, grief, etc. ? To debunk unhelpful stigmas and common assumptions that may inhibit our students growth This portion will include an activity and discussion that encourages staff and faculty to reflect on their own unhelpful assumptions regarding MH ? To provide tips to help faculty and staff better support their students and the student body as a whole (while focusing on the strengths they already have) This portion will include tips such as- • How staff and faculty can remain flexible in their expectations of students • How staff and faculty can make themselves more available to students ? To provide referrals/resources both on and off campus that faculty and staff can share with their students This section will include resources such as- • A one page referral guide created by us • Information about how other departments (health clinic, OMA, etc.) can aid in supporting our students especially those who might not typically seek traditional counseling services.

Available Dates: September 14th, 2022 9-11:00 a.m. (BPSC Multimedia); October 27th, 2022 1-3:00 p.m. (BPSC Multimedia)

Understanding Jewish Students Needs

Facilitators: Rabbi Kenny Weiss

Join Rabbi Kenny Weiss for an overview of Judaism, an understanding of Jewish College students' needs, and an opportunity for interactive discussion. All faculty and staff in attendance will receive a credit as part of the Faculty & Staff Diversity and Inclusion Certification Program

Available Dates: September 16th, 2022 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (BPSC Movie Theater); October 13th, 2022 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (BPSC Multimedia)