Diversity and Inclusion Staff Certificate Program 2019 graduates.

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.

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.


  • 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.

Faculty, Speakers & 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.

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.

2016-2017 Program Report

Explore the report summary of the program objectives, participant demographics, classifications, and affiliations, plus our pre- and post-program survey of participant knowledge and tools.

Winter 2020 Program

Application period: Applications are closed.

COVID-19 Notice

Following UCSF's Interim Policy on Large Events and Gatherings enacted to limit the community transmission of COVID-19, the Wintr 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Staff Certificate Program has been moved to all Zoom sessions.

Below is a tentative schedule for the Fall 2019 cohort. The sessions will be held at Parnassus and/or Mission Bay campuses between 2:00 to 4:30pm. Session topics, time and location will be confirmed before the start of the program.

Session Topic (tentative)
Prior to
August 1
(Self-assessment, minimal readings, and online activity prep)
Session 1
Aug 1
Cultural Humility: Exploration of One's Cultural Identities, Values, and Beliefs
Session 2
Aug 15
Understanding Race & Ethnicity: Examining Power, Privilege, & Identity
Session 3
Aug 29
LGBTQIA+, Disability and Accessibility
Session 4
Sept 12
Unconscious & Implicit Biases: What is Stereotype Threat
Session 5
Sept 26
Compliance: UC Policies on Nondiscrimination and Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence
Session 6
Oct 10
Recruitment & Hiring: Best Practices
Session 7
Oct 24
Social Justice: Systems of Racial Inequity
Session 8
Nov 7
Social Justice: Micro-Aggressions and How to be an Ally
Session 9
Nov 21
Moving Forward: opportunities on staying engaged and getting involved with diversity and inclusions initiatives at UCSF
December Graduation and Reception

Cost: Free

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.