ADEI Leadership Certificate

The purpose of the Leading for Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Certificate is to actively engage students to deepen their knowledge and understanding of diverse perspectives, histories, and voices. Participants will learn how patterns of perception, logic, thought, speech, behavior, and organizational structures influence racial equity in America and globally. Students who complete this certificate will enhance their capacity to lead and work towards advancing antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and classroom. Learn more about the ADEI Leadership Certificate.


Students will participate in a minimum of five events (per year) during their academic tenure. Successful completion of the Certificate requires 40 total clock hours of engagement and professional development. The Certificate consists of five modules, with each topic representing one hour. Self-paced training and assessments may be completed at any time prior to graduation. Students will need to show proof of assessment results and training completion to receive clock hour credit.

Earn your certificate in the following ways:

  • Participating in Diversity Courses or Programs on your SIU Campus
  • Attending Face-to-Face Sessions Conducted by ADEI Leaders
  • Attending Live Virtual Sessions Conducted by ADEI Leaders

Program Start: Fall 2022

Ideal Participants: Undergraduate, Transfer and Graduate Students

Topics Covered

  • The Social Construction of Race
  • Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Consciousness
  • Microaggressions & Microaffirmations Training
  • Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality and Counternarratives
  • Stereotypes, Biases, and Prejudice
  • Activism and Allyship
  • Free Speech versus Hate Speech

Leadership Development Assessments Offered

  • Intercultural Development Inventory
  • Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory
  • Myers Briggs Leadership
  • Clifton StrengthsFinders
  • The Ennegram Personality Test
  • True Colors Personality Test
  • Safe Space Training for LGBT+
  • Hollaback Bystander Intervention Training
  • Implicit Bias Training

Students who earn the SIU Leading for Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certificate will:

  • Articulate one’s cultural identity.
  • Experience meaningful engagement with members of the global majority.
  • Understand the role of race, racism, and culture in shaping lived experiences.
  • Understand the impact of injustice in meaningful life activities.
  • Understand the historical and present-day realities of inequities in America.
  • Understand the role of inclusive excellence in organizational structures.
  • Clearly articulate racism and antiracism ideas, policies, and behaviors.
  • Communicate effectively cross-culturally.
  • Learn diverse leadership and communication styles.
  • Understand how to engage in difficult conversations effectively.
  • Understand the patterns of perception, speech, and behaviors that influence cultural bias and stereotypes.
  • Learn to engage others without reliance on bias and stereotypes.
  • Learn how to be effective leaders, allies, and advocates.
  • Build mutually beneficial and respectful relationships.

Campus Contacts

Dr. Sheila Caldwell
V.P. for Antiracism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer
Southern Illinois University System Office

Dr. Renada Greer
Executive Director of Student Multicultural Resource Center
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Lindy M. Wagner
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Inclusive Excellence, Education and Development
Inclusive Excellence, Education and Development Hub (The Hub)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville