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Advancing Cultural Competency Certificate

The Advancing Cultural Competency Certificate (ACCC) program is currently being piloted and will be launched for the campus to participate in Fall 2019. Scroll to the bottom of the screen to view the list of pilot cohort members. This initiative is provided by the President’s Commission on Diversity and Community with financial support from a SUNY Performance Improvement Fund (PIF) grant awarded to the Biology Department to further cultural competency among employees on campus.

ACCC is designed to help staff, faculty, and administrators contribute meaningfully to our campus climate where all of our members thrive. This certificate is merely one piece of our ongoing efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion at Geneseo. It builds on our twenty-year history of the President’s Commission on Diversity and Community as well as ongoing research and programmatic efforts of faculty, staff, committees, task forces, and departments supporting diversity. It will be available to all employees including classified staff, Campus Auxiliary Services employees, faculty, professional staff, and administrators, as everyone influences our campus climate. We understand that as individuals we all have different backgrounds and experiences that shape who we are today. The learning community design of this program provides growth opportunities for all participants regardless of previous knowledge or skills, acknowledging everyone has room to grow and learn. We expect this Advancing Cultural Competency Certificate program will benefit participants not only professionally, but personally as well.  

ACCC participants join a sustained Advancing Cultural Competency Learning Community for two contiguous semesters (pilot: 2018–19 academic year). Members of this learning community benefit by being part of a group with an intentional representation of faculty/staff/administration from a wide range of campus affiliations. This intentional diversity allows for the exploration of cultural competency issues in a more complex way, and the consideration of a wider range of implications for the campus. This learning community serves as a cohort for relationship building and co-engagement in foundational workshops, with an emphasis on skill development and application to benefit the larger campus community beyond the cohort. 

  • Foundational Workshops: Foundational topics will provide background on key cultural competency issues for everyone to explore; we will also provide information about other campus workshops and events to supplement the learning while allowing more scheduling flexibility. 
  • Application: The learning community will identify ways to spread awareness gained through this program beyond the membership of the cohort. There are endless possible methods for creating this ripple effect; we look forward to the creative efforts to shift our campus climate.

This certificate program is designed to empower individuals with cross-cultural knowledge, understanding, tools, skills, and resources that:

  • Develop and advance self-awareness of their own identity and culture
  • Transform their personal and professional environments to be more inclusive and culturally supportive
  • Will positively impact the cultural climate across the Geneseo college community

In order to accomplish the above goals, individuals within the learning community will develop a continued understanding of topics such as implicit bias, institutional barriers, privilege, power, bystander intervention strategies, and how to facilitate difficult conversations.

This certificate will be awarded to individuals who:

  • Engage meaningfully in the foundational workshop sessions
  • Attend supplemental events on campus to further one’s exploration of cultural competency issues
  • Collaborate within the Advancing Cultural Competency Learning Community to spread the awareness gained through this program to foster a positive climate on campus

Members of the Pilot ACCC Cohort:

  • Aimee Garrett, Campus Auxiliary Services
  • Amy Sheldon, Geological Sciences
  • Bob O'Donnell, Biology
  • Carrie Johnson, Title IX
  • David Parfitt, Teaching and Learning Center
  • Gail Glover, Office of Communication and Marketing
  • Josh Hagen, Student Life
  • Julie Briggs, Human Resources
  • Lee Pierce, Communications
  • Mallory Giambra, Campus Auxiliary Services
  • Melanie Medeiros, Anthropology
  • Michael Mooney, Athletics
  • Michele Feeley, English
  • Patricia McIlroy, Student Life
  • Roxana Sammons, Enrollment Management
  • Sarah Frank, Student Life
  • Tim Carey, Facilities
  • Toni Marini, Campus Auxiliary Services
  • Tracy Young Gagnier, Advancement
  • Yusuf Bilgic, Mathematics