University of Illinois System

DEI&B Certificate Program

The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Certificate Program provides a robust experience for University of Illinois System employees to engage in meaningful discussions, activities, curriculum, and projects to promote and support DEI&B. The program aims to educate about DEI&B topics, train individuals to be DEI&B allies and advocates and provide resources.

To attain a DEI&B certificate, you must attend six training sessions and complete a Capstone Project. The certificate program is open to all University of Illinois System employees.

DEI&B Classes

Each class will be led by instructors who will guide you through a topic, with a specific focus on group discussion and engagement.

View the upcoming class schedule.

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Capstone Project

The capstone project is designed to allow you to take what you learned in the DEI&B classes and apply it to your working life. You will be given your choice of options to complete the project.

Examples include:

  • Writing a reflection paper on what you learned in the trainings and how you can apply what you learned into your unit.
  • Creating a DEI&B event or practice for your own work unit.
  • Attending an approved DEI&B event in your community and discussing that event with your unit.

More details about the capstone project will be provided to you when you complete the required number of DEI&B courses.


Once you have completed all required elements of the program, you will then be awarded an official System Offices Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Certificate to proudly display and you will be known as a “System Offices DEI&B Advocate”! Fortunately, the awarding of the certificate is not a final step. We will offer continuing education opportunities for you to stay engaged with DEI&B even after you receive the certificate.