Inclusive Excellence Certificate

The Ohio State College of Engineering Inclusive Excellence Certificate Program engages faculty, staff, and students in diversity learning opportunities.  

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Inclusive Excellence Certificate Goals  

  • Deliver skills and build competencies that will improve the effectiveness and innovation within our college, university and community
  • Integrate diversity and inclusion principles and practices into the fabric of the college
  • Recognize the exemplary efforts of faculty, staff, and students advancing diversity and inclusive excellence

View our 2020-2021 program outcomes

Program Levels

There are several levels to the certificate program. Each level has a required learning component to ensure a strong foundation in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) as well as your choice component to provide flexibility for participants to pursue opportunities that most support their growth. If you are new to the Inclusive Excellence Certificate Program, we encourage you to start in level 1, Partner.

Level 1 - Partner

This level introduces key concepts and themes in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ). To achieve level 1, participants must complete:

Required components

Your Choice component

*We recommend the following training if you have not yet completed them: DEI Foundations, Social Identity 101

Level 2 - Ally 

This level continues to introduce key DEI concepts and provides more in-depth learning in certain areas. To achieve level 2, participants must complete:

Required components

Your Choice component

*We recommend the following training if you have not yet completed them: Microaggressions 101 and 102

  • Your choice (select 2)

You can engage in additional DEI Learning opportunities, participate in EED diversity-related research seminars, or engage in COE DEI 365 dialogues.

Level 3 - Ambassador

This level continues to engage participants in university and college DEI professional development opportunities. To achieve level 3, participants must complete:

Required components

Your choice component

*We recommend selecting Inclusive Excellence in Hiring if you haven’t already completed it.

  • Your choice (select 1)

You can engage in an additional DEI Learning opportunity, COE DEI 365 dialogue, or participate in a diversity-related EED research seminar.

Tracking in BuckeyeLearn

  1. Visit and search for “Engineering Inclusive Excellence.”
  2. Select the certificate level you wish to complete (if you are new to the program, select level 1).
  3. Open the Curriculum.
  4. Once you complete all program components, select “evaluate.”
  5. In the evaluation box, please enter the title of each training/initiative, as well as the date you completed them.  

New for 2021-2022: The College of Engineering Lead With University Values Project

The College of Engineering is partnering with the Center for Ethics and Human Values to host a 6-session program for faculty and staff interested in advancing values-based decision-making in their departments or units. This project will count toward the Inclusive Excellence Certificate program, and those who complete all sessions will become College of Engineering Values Ambassadors. 

The Lead With University Values project:

  • Introduces the values underlying Ohio State's Shared Values Initiative
  • Invites discussion of the values themselves, how they intersect, and their application in participants' work
  • Empowers participants to advance values-based dialog and initiatives in their units

When: Join us October-April on the second Tuesday of each month from 12-1pm. 

Sign up: Registration has closed


If you have questions about the inclusive excellence certificate program, please email