How do we distinguish administrative strategies for equity and inclusion from bureaucratic norms that subordinate and exclude? How do the everyday habits and practices of administrative cultures and individual behaviors influence systematic discrimination, for better or worse? A hard truth: many of the things we take for granted as fair, balanced, and rational practices play a role in oppression.


When you’ve completed this module, you will be able to:

  • Build on participants' knowledge of institutional diversity, inclusion, and equity.
  • Focus critical attention on administrative policies, unit-level practices, and individual behaviors that come into tension with diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts. 
  • Discuss case examples that illustrate how seemingly reasonable administrative practices disempower historically marginalized groups while maintaining the unearned advantages of historically dominant groups. 
  • Raise awareness about administrative norms that appear fair, rational, and balanced while at the same time causing further detriments to historically underrepresented and marginalized populations.
  • Foster thinking about strategies that allow administrators to revise policies, practices, and behaviors in light of inequities and cultural exclusion. 


If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, contact University Organizational and Professional Development or call 540-231-5100 during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event. Additional advance notice may be required, depending on the type of program and the time necessary to secure the requested accommodation(s).


Luis Garay
Intercultural Engagement Center

Christian Matheis
School of Public and International Affairs 

Marcy Schnitzer
Office for Inclusion and Diversity


    All no-shows will be charged a $35 maintenance fee. Please review the full cancellation policy. 

Certificate Available 

This course can be used to meet elective requirements for any Diversity Development Certificate.