Equity and Diversity Certificate Program

Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) Education Program Update

Spring 2023

In Spring 2023, the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) Education Program will continue to offer our Equity and Diversity Programming online through ECHO (Equity Certificate Hosted Online) via Zoom and Canvas.  

For more information and to register, please scroll down this page. Additionally, if you would like to receive updates on our offerings, we recommend signing up for our OED Education Program Google group.
If you have any general questions or concerns, please contact us at oeded@umn.edu.

The Equity and Diversity Certificate Program helps learners develop tools necessary for advancing equity and diversity in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. The program:

  • Offers learners a theoretical framework for understanding equity and diversity work
  • Helps learners develop necessary skills for equity and diversity work
  • Gives learners direct experience working and communicating across differences

Registration Information

University of Minnesota Students, Staff, & Faculty

The Equity and Diversity Certificate program is free for all current staff, faculty and students on all five system campuses. To enroll in the Certificate Program use your university login and log into the Destiny One Registration System (DORS), and select add to cart for the Current UMN Staff/Faculty/Students.

Please see the FAQs if you have any questions or contact oeded@umn.edu.

External Learners

The Equity and Diversity Certificate program is available for a fee for external learners through Destiny One Registration System (DORS). Please find our fee structure below. 

Self-Supporting Individual Bundle Rate : $900.00

Non-Profit/Government/Non-UMN Higher Education Institution Bundle Rate : $1,350.00

Business or Corporate Entity Bundle Rate : $1,575.00

We are committed to ensuring that all learners have access to our educational offerings regardless of ability to pay. The Education Program utilizes a need-based sliding scale scholarship program. Please consider paying at the highest rate that you can afford: your generosity supports the work of the Office for Equity and Diversity and the Education Program facilitation team.

Select one of the sliding scale rates below:

  • Partial Scholarship: 75% off program fee
  • University of Minnesota Alumni and/or Reduced Rate Scholarship: 50% off program fee
  • Full Scholarship: $0 program fee

Please let us know which of these rates works for you by completing our google form, and if you have any questions feel free to email us at oeded@umn.edu.

If our google form is not accepting responses, we have dispersed all available scholarships for the current semester. We will reopen the scholarship form for future semesters, please subscribe to the OED Education Program Google Group to be notified when registration and scholarship applications are open.

Equity and Diversity Certificate Program via ECHO

The ECHO (Equity Certificate Hosted Online) is the Office for Equity and Diversity's (OED)​ online Equity and Diversity Certificate program. The program consists of three learning activities: reading materials, watching ​or listening to ​video​/audio​ clips, and ​Group ​Discussion participation. These activities represent and reflect three ways we can learn and grow in equity and diversity work – intellectual learning, emotional processing, and practicing skills.

Activity 1: Reading Materials - Each ​ECHO ​course will have articles​ or information​ for learners to read. This material focuses on an intellectual understanding of the concepts in the learning ​area.

Activity 2: Video/Audio Clips - Each​ ECHO ​course will have videos and/or audio clips for learner to listen/watch. These videos and/or audio clips focus on the emotional and intellectual understandings in the learning area.

Activity 3: Group Discussion - Each ​ECHO ​course​ features a 90-minute online ​​discussion​ via Zoom​ that learners are required to join. Group discussions provide opportunities to respond to prompting questions related to the learning areas in activities 1 and 2 and share learners’ knowledge and skillsets.

Content Acknowledgement:
The course materials shared are intended to provide a foundational overview of information and issues related to the topic of this course. We acknowledge that given the scope of the course, we are unable to encompass every experience, identity, and/or issue that is relevant and important to the communities we will explore. If there are additional connections or issues you wish to include, we welcome you to uplift it during our group discussion. Lastly, this curriculum is a 'living document'; we will continue to expand and refine our materials as our learning and awareness continues to grow and evolve. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions at oeded@umn.edu.  

Equity and Diversity Certificate Completion

10 Certificate Program Courses

After completing all ten courses, request your Equity and Diversity Certificate here.

Please note: Our office will be sending out the certificates via email at the end of each semester (fall, spring, and summer).