Inclusive Leadership Certificate

Virtual Inclusive Leadership Certificate
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“Participating in the ILC helped me step out of my comfort zone, and get more involved on campus. The Inclusive Leadership Certificate was truly helpful for me in my classroom placements as an education major.”  - Ace Evelyn Truman

The Inclusive Leadership Certificate (ILC), offered by the C. Raymond Marvin Center for Student Leadership and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, is a foundational program that will help you develop the attitudes, knowledge, and skills for inclusive leadership in an increasingly diverse world.  Employers are looking for leaders who value and demonstrate inclusive leadership skills.  The ILC is an excellent way to incorporate this competency in your leadership toolkit, meet people who share you interests, and contribute to making BGSU a more inclusive community.  All voices, experiences, and perspectives are welcome and appreciated in our conversations. 

Session 1: Who Am I?

Participants will focus on critically reflecting on aspects of their own identity, engaging in meaningful conversations about identity, and enhancing their skills in discussing identity with others.

Session 2: Me and You – Different Perspectives

Participants will engage in an open and honest conversation about privileged and underrepresented identities.  Participants will be provided with a safe space and practical examples to understand difference.

Session 3: Intercultural Communication

Participants will focus on understanding the need for reflection on their own culture and how it influences their view of others, recognizing cultural differences, and analyzing how those differences affect communication.

Session 4: Social Norms and Microaggressions

In a safe environment, participants will engage in a discussion about social norms and ways to confront oppression and microaggressions.

Session 5: Power and Privilege

Participants will be provided with a safe space to openly discuss controversial topics, allowing them to walk away with a better understanding of how power and privilege are manifested in society and tools to help confront examples of power and privileges.

Session 6: Social Justice

Participants will learn about the various components of social justice and how approaches work together to create a better world.

Session 7: Final Reflection

Participants will have the opportunity to summarize knowledge from previous sessions and make connections to put inclusive leadership into practice.