President's Cultural Competency Certificate Program Fall 2019 registration is now open 

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The President's Cultural Competency Certificate Program consists of: a) 3 required on-campus seminars, b) 2 on-campus elective seminars, c) 1 required PCHRE Forum for Inclusion, Respect and Equity event, and d) 2 on- or off-campus seminars preceded by a mandatory National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Leading for Diversity and Inclusion workshop.

This program provides participants with a greater understanding of how we can and why we should work together to continue building a strong and inclusive Fresno State community.  Certificates are awarded to those who complete all the required and elective seminars.  Non-certificate seekers are welcome to attend all seminars.


Tuesday, September 10
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Morning refreshments provided
Free to Learn: Best Practices for Supporting Formerly Incarcerated Students at Fresno State  Presented by: Dr. Emma Hughes

This seminar will introduce participants to Project Rebound, the support program for formerly incarcerated students on campus. Faculty, staff, and students associated with Project Rebound will discuss services the program provides and lead a discussion on the common difficulties that justice-involved students experience. The session will focus on identifying best practices for increasing inclusivity, encouraging educational success, and reducing the stigma these students may face.


Tuesday, September 23
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Morning refreshments and lunch provided
Peaceful Problem Solving in a Multicultural Environment   Presented by: Dr. Negin Tahvildary

In this seminar, participants will learn how to promote a culture of peace through inclusive dialogue, learn the fundamental concepts of conflict and conflict management, demonstrate an understanding of moral and humanitarian issues in peace and conflict studies, and gain tangible skills about how to identify and resolve cultural conflicts.


Tuesday, October 8

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Morning refreshments and lunch provided
Examining Microaggressions Presented by: Dr. Vicki Taylor

Microaggressions are brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional that communicates hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults toward individuals based on one's race, gender, class, sexuality, language, immigration status, accent, or surname. This interactive workshop will examine the impact of microaggressions on campus climate and provide tools to identify and address them effectively when they occur.


Tuesday, November 12
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Morning refreshments provided
How to Best Serve Students Who Experience Generalized Anxiety Disorder  Presented by: Rima Maldonado and Troy Polnitz

This seminar will provide an overview of the stigma and misinformation that tend to plague students with disabilities, and how specific obstacles associated with Generalized Anxiety Disorder affect students.  The seminar will include a discussion of how to empathize with students who experience mental health challenges during their college experience.  Participants will be introduced to tools and strategies to best serve students who may be experiencing varying levels of anxiety.


Tuesday, December 3

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Morning refreshments and lunch provided
Historical Overview: Power, Privilege, and Oppression  Presented by: Dr. Francine Oputa

The purpose of this seminar is to analyze how power operates through policies, systems, and structures; and develop a historical context for understanding oppression, privilege, power, resistance, and social change.  Participants will also reflect on one’s own multiple identities within history and society and examine how power and privilege can hinder community building in the workplace. 


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If there is an on- or off-campus seminar you would like to attend and count toward your required electives that are not listed below, contact to request pre-approval.

The following events count toward the on-campus elective requirement.  Check back frequently for more postings.

  • July 8, 2019, 8 to 11:30 a.m., HML 3212 - UndocuAlly Training (Part I)
  • July 23, 2019, 8 to noon, HML 3212 - UndocuAlly Training (Part II)

To register for UndocuAlly Training Part I and II, visit CSU Learn on PeopleSoft or contact Gaby Encinas at (559.278.1554)

Level II of the Cultural Competency Certificate Program Coming Soon!

The PCHRE is currently working on Level II of the Cultural Competency Certificate program.  If you have already obtained your Level I certificate (which is the current certificate available) and are interested in expanding your cultural competency, stay tuned for more information on Level II.

Here is a sneak preview of the Level II cultural competency certificate program requirements:

  • NCBI Controversial Issues Process
  • 2 Forum for Inclusion, Respect and Equity events
  • 2 Building Bridges Tackling Fears
  • 2 on-campus electives
  • 2 on- or off-campus electives, including a 1-2 page write-up of the elective attended

More details to come.  We look forward to seeing you at a future seminar!!