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BUILD: Boise State Uniting for Inclusion and Leadership in Diversity Certificate Program


The BUILD certificate program supports campus educators to expand their knowledge and engagement with inclusion and diversity.  It is structured to provide a variety of learning opportunities from which participants can choose.

Enroll in the BUILD Certificate Program. Contact Tasha Souza ( with any questions about the BUILD Certificate Program.

Upcoming Opportunities

Universal Design and Accessibility for Online Courses
Online Workshop, asynchronous, facilitated workshop
Available from 10/02/17 thru 11/13/17.

Martin Luther King Talk-O Tuesday
The MLK Living Legacy Committee
Tuesdays, 7:00pm: 10/17 (Farnsworth), 11/14 (Trueblood), 11/28 (Trueblood)
Student Union Building

Accessible Teaching Materials: The Least You Need to Know
Thursday, Oct 26, 2017
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
RFH 301

Social Justice Requires Courage and Action: Campuses, College Students, and Grassroots Organizing
Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Initiative
Thursday, Oct 26, 2017
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Simplot Ballroom (SUB)

From Hate to Hope: How Idahoans Defeated White Nationalism—and How You Can Too
Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Initiative
Thursday, Oct 26, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Simplot Ballroom (SUB)

Incorporating Language and Cultural Diversity in our Teaching: Ideas from Teaching Associates and Students
Wednesday, Nov 1, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
ILC 315

Addressing Barriers for Students Facing Mental Health Challenges
Tuesday, Nov 7, 2017
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM
ILC 315

Workshop: What is Two-Spirit?
Tuesday, Nov 7, 2017
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Farnsworth Room (SUB)

Inclusive Excellence at Boise State: Creating an Environment that Values and Supports All Members
Thursday, Nov 9, 2017
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
ILC 315

Tunnel of Oppression
November 10th-11th, 2017
Simplot Ballroom (SUB)

Conference on Language, Identity, and Culture
November 14 – 15, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM each day
Bishop Barnwell Room (SUB)

Compassionate Communities: We Choose All of Us
Conference presented by Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
**Sessions related to diversity and inclusion can count towards BUILD
November 28 – 29, 2017
Student Union Building
(Free for Boise State University faculty and staff)

Great Ideas for Teaching and Learning Symposium
January 3, 2018 – Save the Date! Registration coming soon.
Jordan Ballroom (SUB)

Purpose of Certificate

  • Gain knowledge and skills to contribute to a welcoming and inclusive environment on campus.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to our continuous efforts towards an inclusive Boise State University.
  • Become a campus leader who is better prepared to promote and support inclusion and diversity efforts.

To earn a BUILD certificate

Participants will complete the core workshop and select a number of learning experiences based on individual interests for development. Participants can begin the program at any time and complete the requirements at their own pace. Ten BUILD events/opportunities (or the equivalent thereof) are needed for completion of the certificate. Some experiences count for more than one BUILD event, such as the two-semester long Inclusive Excellence Faculty Learning Community (4) or a diversity-related book circle (2). You will need to keep track of any events and activities that you participate in for the certificate. Completion of a short final reflection form will be required prior to earning the certificate.

Core Workshop: Inclusive Excellence at Boise State

Other Workshops/Learning Opportunities may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • LGBTQ & Ally Development workshop(s)
  • Language Diversity and Teaching Community
  • Multilingual Learners Workshops & Learning Communities
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Introduction
  • First Generation Students Workshop
  • Conference on Language, Identity and Culture
  • Tunnel of Oppression
  • International Student Panels or Luncheons
  • Microaggressions Workshop
  • MLK Events

In the spirit of maximizing your commitment to learning through such programs as BUILD, Ten Before Tenure, or the Teaching Innovation Program, we ask that you only “double dip” a maximum of 5 experiences between two certificate programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve previously attended one of the opportunities now being offered by BUILD. Can I get credit for it?


I’ve attended an Inclusive Excellence session on campus already (through New Faculty Orientation, Course Design Institute, etc.). Do I have to do the core workshop?

No, but there are some differences between the workshops so you are welcome to come if you would like a refresher. Just be sure to list your previous Inclusive Excellence workshop when you do your final reflection.

Can I count other opportunities on campus related to diversity and inclusion that aren’t listed above?

Yes. Previous events you’ve attended and future events surrounding diversity and inclusion are certainly accepted. We post what we hear about, but it may not include all opportunities!

Is there a time limit on when I have to complete the BUILD certificate program?

There is no specific deadline for completing your certificate. Participants may take as long as they need. And of course, we hope you’ll continue to attend opportunities long after you’ve earned a certificate.

Do I have to take the BUILD core workshop before counting other opportunities?

No but it is strongly suggested to take the Inclusive Excellence workshop as soon as you can.

Can students or community members participate in the BUILD certificate program?

Right now we are only offering this program for staff and faculty.

Is there a fee for participating in the BUILD program?

No – it is free to participate!

Who do I contact if I have more questions about BUILD?

Email or call at 208-426-3704.