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Graduate Certificate in DIVERSITY LITERACY

Program Description
The Certificate in Diversity Literacy will provide a unique opportunity for students who have already earned bachelor’s degrees to enhance their knowledge and skills of the theory and practice of inclusion and equity, including what diversity means, what its personal and social effects are, and how it shapes lives, workplaces, and pedagogy.  This knowledge base and skill set will allow, for example, educators to become more inclusive in their pedagogy, employees to work more effectively in multicultural teams, and managers to become better supervisors by better understanding their cultural assumptions and those of their employees.

What is Diversity Literacy?
Individuals who are diversity literate value difference, recognize the effects of difference on individuals’ lives, and understand how to intervene to reduce the impact of structural barriers that stand in the way of inclusion and social equity.  Those who have achieved competency in diversity literacy are able to “read” the social landscape in terms of social difference and to recognize the impacts of those differences on intersubjective and group interactions.  Students who complete this certificate will possess a critical understanding of diversity and know how to put that understanding into practice.  The deeper understanding and enhanced skills acquired through this certificate will allow students to achieve a greater degree of excellence and success in their field of work or study.

Program Requirements
The curriculum will consist of 18 total hours, structured as follows:

  • PHIL 690 (Fundamentals of Diversity)
  • 4 electives in courses with a diversity focus (see back for complete list of courses)
  • Capstone Course in Diversity Literacy

Both the Fundamentals of Diversity and Capstone in Diversity Literacy courses will be offered as blended courses, meaning that 25% of the meeting time will be in the classroom and 75% will be online.

Who Should Apply?
All who have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and who want to enhance their knowledge and skills in understanding how diversity impacts individuals, affects lives, and shapes workplaces.  Education in diversity literacy, for example, will prepare educators to become more inclusive in their pedagogy, employees to work more effectively in multicultural teams, and managers to become better supervisors by better understanding how diversity impacts the work environment.

The following materials will be necessary to apply:

  1. Official transcripts of prior undergraduate and graduate work;
  2. Two letters of recommendation;
  3. A 2-3 page essay describing the applicant’s interest in the program and how it will benefit her or his course of study and/or career path.


For further information, see  A&S electives eligible for the Certificate in Diversity Literacy
or contact David Owen (david.owen@louisville.edu; 502-852-0458)


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