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 Flyers

Fall 21 Schedule

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Updated: Friday, September 17, 2021

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 2021 Workshops- Level I

Required Workshop:
Diversity and Inclusion at SFA: Foundations

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.

Available Dates: September 30th (9-11 a.m.-Zoom); October 14th (2-4 p.m..-Zoom); November 5th (9-11 a.m.-Zoom)

Elective Workshop(s):

Deaf Culture and Our Deaf/Hard of Hearing Campus Community

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

This training will provide an opportunity for open discussion about Deaf culture and diversity among the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. Participants will learn the ins and outs of how to effectively work with D/HH students, ASL interpreters, and other service providers to ensure accessibility in face to face and online settings. Attendees will also complete this training with specific resources that can be implemented to promote inclusivity for individuals with hearing loss.

Available Dates: October 27th (2-4 p.m.-Zoom)

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

Facilitators: Clare Fite & 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. ü 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 ü 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 ü 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: November 10th (9-11 a.m.)

Green Zone Training

Facilitator: Laura Branch

The Veteran student population is quite diverse in the way it needs to be handled both in class and out of the classroom setting. These students on average have had a 10 year gap between high school and college. The restructuring of their learning style needs to come slowly and with patience. This session will provide insightful information regarding this diverse population.

Available Dates: September 28 (2 p.m.-4 p.m.); October 6 (2-4 p.m.- Zoom); November 9th (2-4 p.m..-Zoom)

Moving Past Stereotypes

Facilitator: Amanda Moore

Stereotypes have potentially powerful effects on how people perceive and treat one another. Stereotypes can reduce self-esteem, motivation, as well as intellectual performance. In this session, we will first explore general background information and the stigmas of stereotypes within age, sex, race and ethnicity, as well as gender-stereotyped jobs. Through a safe environment, we will discuss personal experiences with stereotypes and the effect they have had. Finally, we will discover ways to break and move past stereotypes to make our professional, personal, and campus environments thrive.

Available Dates: September 20 (2-4 p.m.-Zoom) October 20 (2-4 p.m.- Zoom); November 4th (2-4 p.m.-Zoom)

Building a More Inclusive Syllabus to Support Students' Identities and Realities

Facilitator: Dr. Lauren Burrow

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 offer suggestions for statements that can be added to help students of diverse identities feel more welcomed before they even come to class; for example, (1) including notifications about existing University-based assistance for students experiencing food insecurity or in need of counseling services; (2) including professor's pronouns in syllabus introductions; and (3) 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 discussion about additional resources for participants to consider given the continuing unpredictable, unprecedented realities students are facing with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other global events.

Available Date: October 8th (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)

On-Campus Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Facilitator: Natalie Buuck

What faculty/staff need to know about disability-related topics on our campus: service animals, emotional support animals, food allergies, classroom accommodations, and housing accommodations

Available Dates: October 6th (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) Zoom ; November 2nd (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)

Safe Space Training

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 Date: October 12th (2-4 p.m.)