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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.

In Fall 2018, we will also launch the BUILD Forums Initiative, which will expand upon the work of the certificate program.

Upcoming Opportunities

(F) = Events more applicable to faculty
(S) = Events more applicable to staff
(F)/(S) = Events applicable to both faculty and staff

Supporting Students Who are Parenting
Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
ILC 315

Laying the Foundation for Meaningful Conversations about Diversity
Friday, Aug 31, 2018
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
ILC 315

LGBT 101 and Trans 101: Developing Inclusive Practices for those with LGBT and Trans Identities
Thursday, Sep 6, 2018
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
ILC 315

Facilitating Difficult Conversations About Diversity: Responding to Student Resistance & Hot Moments in the Classroom
Friday, Sep 14, 2018
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
ILC 315

Inclusive Excellence at Boise State: Creating an Environment that Values and Supports All Members
Friday, Sep 21, 2018
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
ILC 315

LGBT 101 and Ally Development
Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
ILC 315

Save the Date:
First Annual Success Through Access Conference
Improving Student Success through Universal Design
Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Student Union Building

Microaggresssions in the Classroom: What are They and What Can I Do about Them?
Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
ILC 315

Helping Students Persist Through Imposter Syndrome
Thursday, Oct 25, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
ILC 315

Inclusive Excellence at Boise State: Creating an Environment that Values and Supports All Members
Friday, Dec 7, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
ILC 315

Please check back later this summer for further fall semester opportunities!

Purpose of the 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

How are opportunities counted?

  • Most learning opportunities, such as workshops, count for 1 BUILD experience. Some prolonged 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).
  • An equivalent to ten opportunities are needed to complete the certificate.
  • Other opportunities can count towards BUILD. We’ll even give you credit for previously attending an opportunity that is now being offered by BUILD.
  • Opportunities can “double count” between two certificate programs. However, we ask that you only do this for a maximum of 4 experiences.
  • Taking the BUILD Core Workshop before other opportunities isn’t required, but it is strongly suggested to take the Inclusive Excellence workshop as soon as you can.
  • If you have already attended an Inclusive Excellence session on campus (through New Faculty Orientation, Course Design Institute, etc.), you don’t have to complete the core workshop. However, please note that there are differences between all workshops.

What is the timeline?

  • There is no specific timeline for completing your certificate. Participants may take as long as they need.
  • 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!

Who can participate?

  • Currently, we are only offering BUILD for staff and faculty.

What is the cost?

  • This program is free to participate in.

Who do I contact for more information?