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To Be Welcoming Certificate


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An open conversation on bias and inequality

Our community spaces can become more welcoming to all when we celebrate our shared humanity and address bias in a constructive manner. Global protests over social injustices have amplified the need for redefined thinking about bias, inequality and people’s desire to do better. Now is the moment to learn and have an open conversation about bias. Learn about inclusivity, empathy and equality through a world-class, transparent curriculum at Arizona State University.

The To Be Welcoming certificate addresses biases and the forms they take: conscious vs. unconscious, individual vs. systemic and the intersectionality of biases around identities that include race, gender, age and more. This certificate program provides the platform to begin having these conversations and to discuss the social issues and biases that are seen within our community and globally. Meaningful change and positive community impact start with identifying and understanding biases. This is the common ground where we start learning and driving prominent change.

Enhance your understanding on different types of biases

This online certificate program includes 15 courses on different types of biases:

  1. To Be Welcoming: Foundational Course – This foundational course will introduce you to the purpose, goals, organizations and key concepts presented throughout the To Be Welcoming course series.
  2. Age Bias – This course focuses on how ageism affects everyday lives and how different biases around age are formed.
  3. American Indian and Alaska Native Bias – Learn about biases affecting American Indians and Alaskan Natives, including the complex relationships between Indigenous peoples and the United States.
  4. Arab and Middle Eastern Bias – Learn about biases affecting Middle Eastern peoples in the United States, and learn different terms, concepts and conditions affecting Middle Eastern experiences.
  5. Asian American and Pacific Islander Bias – Understand how different biases affect the economic, social and cultural experiences of people who identify as Asian or Pacific Islander.
  6. Black and African American Bias – This course focuses on biases affecting African Americans in the United States, introducing histories of housing segregation, over-policing and media representation.
  7. Class Bias – Explore how socioeconomic status affects society, and consider what biases are related to class and how they are formed.
  8. Disability Bias – Analyze the social construction of ability and how the concept of normal is created by social conditions, power and other factors to create inequalities for those with less access.
  9. Gender Bias – This course breaks down some taken-for-granted notions about gender and sex. Consider gender equality and equity in media, work and pay.
  10. Hispanic and Latino Bias – Learn how different biases affect the economic, social and cultural experiences of people who identify as Latino, Latinx or Hispanic. Explore the relationship between politics and media representations and socioeconomic status.
  11. Nationality Bias – Define national origin discrimination and consider the differences between nationalism and patriotism, how we talk about national origins, identities and bias.
  12. Political Culture Bias – Consider how political parties, social media and free speech affect personal and institutional biases.
  13. Racial Bias – This course provides tools for thinking critically about race and anti-racism in the United States. Learn to identify and deal with racial discrimination in personal, social and educational settings.
  14. Religious Bias – Understand religious discrimination in the United States and learn different terms, concepts and conditions affecting people from different religious communities.
  15. Sexuality Bias – This course identifies biases affecting LGBTQIA+ communities and introduces key terms and concepts that help you understand sexual identity and LGBTQIA+.

Upon completion of the To Be Welcoming certificate, you’ll gain the framework to understand and engage issues of race, gender and class in everyday situations. You’ll uncover connections between bias and discrimination at an individual and institutional level. Through these courses, you’ll discover how to use empathy as a social and interpersonal tool to understand differences and promote equity in your community.

One of a kind curriculum to drive global and community reflection

Throughout the courses in the To Be Welcoming certificate, you’ll come across several learning objectives to take with you to your community or organization. You’ll be able to define bias and recognize that having bias is not inherently bad and is part of the human experience. In these courses, you’ll articulate how various types of bias affect people across the world. You’ll also have the opportunity to evaluate personal bias with empathy and compassion, as well as identify potential areas for growth. Other learning objectives include:

  • Identifying how different biases affect the economic, social and cultural experiences of individual groups of people.
  • Modeling notions of justice and considering how “ableism” affects today’s society.
  • Understanding bias based on politics and political affiliation in the United States and the broad issues of bias in a democracy.
  • Understanding bias on the basis of national origin and how national origin intersects with race and class.
  • Understanding the “free exercise clause” and the different forms of bias individuals from various religions face.
  • Understanding the history of LGBTQIA+ activism, health disparities and biases particularly affecting trans communities.

Who can benefit from this curriculum

This curriculum can benefit individuals looking to become better global and community citizens in our diverse world.

Earn a certificate from a leading institution on the topic of bias

Earn a certificate of completion on bias from ASU. This certificate will add value to your understanding of social transformation within your community and globally.