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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 understanding of, skills in, and engagement with inclusion, equity and diversity efforts. 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

Language Diversity and Teaching Faculty Learning Community
Spring 2018
Find more information and apply here!

Great Ideas for Teaching and Learning Symposium
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Jordan Ballroom (SUB)

Inclusive Excellence at Boise State: Creating an Environment that Values and Supports All Members
Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
ILC 315

LGBT 101 and Ally Development
Friday, Jan 19, 2018
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
ILC 315

Book Discussion: “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid
Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Accessible Teaching Materials: The Least You Need to Know
Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
RFH 301

Partnering with Refugee Agencies: Tips for Faculty
Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
ILC 315

Microaggressions on Campus: What are They and What Can We Do About Them?
Thursday, Feb 1, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
ILC 315

Introduction to Universal Design and Accessibility (ONLINE)
Available February 4 – March 18, 2018

Implicit Bias in the Academic Workplace
Thursday, Feb 8, 2018
1:15 PM – 2:45 PM
ILC 315

A Conversation with Monique W. Morris
Hosted by the Gender Equity Center, Morris will be discussing her book “Pushout”
Thursday, Feb 8, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
SPEC – Student Union Building

Teaching First Generation College Students: Strategies for Supporting their Success
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2018
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
ILC 315

Inclusive Excellence at Boise State: Creating an Environment that Values and Supports All Members
Wednesday, Mar 7, 2018
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
ILC 315

Trans 101
Friday, Mar 16, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
ILC 315

How Accessible Is Your Syllabus? (ONLINE)
Available April 1 – April 8, 2018

Incorporating Language and Cultural Diversity in our Teaching: Ideas from Teaching Associates and Students
Tuesday, Apr 10, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
ILC 315

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. Please feel free to use this template to help you keep track. 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 4 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.

How do I know what I’ve participated in?

Due to the number of events held by many different units on campus, participants must keep track of the events/opportunities that they have attended. This template can be filled in as you go to help you keep track!

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!

Can I count an experience for both BUILD and Ten Before Tenure?

Yes. However, in the spirit of maximizing your commitment to learning through such programs as BUILDTen Before Tenure, or the Teaching Innovation Program, we ask that you only “double dip” a maximum of 4 experiences between two certificate programs.

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

Email or call at 208-426-3704.