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Logo: D.E.I.R.: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Research

In collaboration with the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the OVCR, the Odum Institute has created a certificate program to foster a new standard of inclusion, sensitivity, and intentionality in the UNC research community.

This semester, the Odum Institute will run a pilot of The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Research (DEIR) Certificate Program. Developed specifically for faculty and staff engaged in research activities, this certificate will offer participants the tools to:

  1. create and sustain conditions in research labs and workspaces that foster diversity and inclusion;
  2. address bias and inequity in the conduct of research; and
  3. enact initiatives that prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the research process, from assembling research teams to dissemination research outputs.

To earn the DEIR Certificate, program participants must successfully complete a set of required core courses, plus three elective courses from a selection of DEIR-approved courses. Courses will be offered on a rotating basis each semester, with required core courses offered at least once per academic year. Courses will be scheduled with enough frequency that participants are able to complete certificate requirements in as few as two semesters. The pilot program will be open to OVCR faculty and staff, and the Odum Institute expects to have 100 graduates by the end of the year. Information on registering for the program will become available once the pilot program is complete.

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