Diversity and Inclusion Staff Certificate Program 2019 graduates.

COVID-19 Notice

Due to COVID-19 the next DICP cohort will be postponed until further notice. In the interim, please contact Melisa Bautista at [email protected] to be added to our interest list.


This Certificate Program focuses on exploring foundational concepts essential to enhancing an inclusive work environment through lecture, experiential and independent activities. Participants may explore their own backgrounds to deepen their understanding on stereotypes and biases and learn the tools to support a more inclusive climate.

Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Dan Lowenstein discusses the tremendous interest in participation and how graduates have brought their new knowledge and insight to their daily roles, bringing change to their respective areas.


  • Cost: Free.
  • The program is open to all UCSF staff.
  • In an effort to enrich the personal experiences and interpersonal interactions of each participant, a limited number of applicants will be selected each year.
  • Each participant must commit to attend every session, and obtain the appropriate release time for the program.
  • A certificate will be awarded upon completion of the program.
  • Previous applicants who were not selected should submit a new application if they would like to be considered. Past successful applicants addressed each of the personal statement questions, including how they would incorporate diversity and inclusion work into their current role, spoke to their career goals at UCSF, and expressed an interest in bringing their learning back to their unit and/or department.

Learning Goals

To develop a more capable workforce by enhancing staff competencies and capacity relevant to diversity, equity and inclusion, in order to leverage these toward achieving and sustaining campus wide excellence.

Specific objectives:

  • Understanding foundational concepts for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Considerations and tools for creating an inclusive climate at work.
  • Professional development.
  • Contribute to the UCSF community by addressing unmet diversity needs.

Length & Format

Offered in Spring and Fall, this 4-month long self-directed learning certificate program includes:

  • 2.5 hours in-person sessions twice a month.
  • 2.5 hours of independent leaning in between sessions including a core reading assignment, and a number of supplemental readings, video clips, or audio clips to choose from based on learning preference.

Faculty, Speakers, and Presenters

The Certificate Program will be led by LaMisha Hill, Director of Multicultural Affairs. A diverse group of UCSF staff, faculty, and administrators will also contribute to the program.

LaMisha Hill, PhD joined UCSF in 2014 as the Director of the Multicultural Resource Center. Prior to this, Dr. Hill completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at UC Berkeley's Counseling & Psychological Services, and a Pre-Doctoral Internship at UC Riverside's Counseling Center. Graduate training in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon provided foundations in multicultural and ecological frameworks that further sustain her efforts in diversity and inclusion initiatives in higher education. Dr. Hill is passionate about social justice, advocacy, and equity. She oversees the programmatic efforts of the Multicultural Resource Center, which focus on celebrating diversity, social justice initiatives, and mentorship for historically underrepresented learners.

Other Speakers & Presenters

  • Melisa Anne Bautista (Program Manager and Co-Facilitator)
  • Kristin Amlie, Ergonomics & Human Factors Program Manager, Office of Environment, Health, and Safety. Presentation topic: Accessibility & Inclusion
  • Klint Jaramillo, Director of LGBT Resource Center, Presentation topic: LGBTQIA+
  • Michael Nisperos, JD, Complaint Resolution Officer, Office of Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination. Presentation topic: Compliance
  • DICP Alum

Meet the Graduates

Visit our photo gallery of program graduates to see what they have to say about the keys to their success at UCSF.

Beyond Graduation: Diversity and Inclusion Staff Certificate Program Alumni Group
The Diversity and Inclusion Staff Certificate Program Alumni Group (DICP Alumni Group) allows graduates to continue their involvement with a community of graduates committed to supporting diversity efforts at UCSF. We offer regular group meetings that provide community-building opportunities for staff involved in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in their units and teams, such as our monthly "Share, Lunch and Learn" sessions. Please reach out to our team at [email protected] for questions, concerns, or to join our mailing list.