College of Education

Senior Diversity Officer Leadership

Graduate Certificate

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Program Summary

Fall 2021 (Rolling Admission)
Application Dates: 05/1/2021
Start Dates: 08/23/2021
Spring 2022 (Rolling Admission)
Application Dates: 11/1/2021
Start Dates: 01/10/2022
Cost & Credits
Credits required: 9
Cost per credit: $700.50

Gregory Vincent

Professor

Educational Policy Studies & Evaluation

College of Education

131 Taylor Education Building

859-257-2626

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Gain the skills and insights to be a change agent in the the field of tertiary education. Colleges and universities across the nation are seeking leaders who can bring innovation, creativity, and high-level strategic thinking to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness roles on their campuses. Our nine-hour, fully online Graduate Certificate in Senior Diversity Officer Leadership prepares students for high-level administrative positions. A significant feature of our program is the opportunity to network and build mentoring relationships with senior diversity officers active in the field.  

Program Summary

Fall 2021 (Rolling Admission)
Application Dates: 05/1/2021
Start Dates: 08/23/2021
Spring 2022 (Rolling Admission)
Application Dates: 11/1/2021
Start Dates: 01/10/2022
Cost & Credits
Credits required: 9
Cost per credit: $700.50

Be prepared to compete for positions of leadership in post-secondary institutions and related fields 


In our program, students will

  • Develop the competencies needed to serve as a leader for inclusive excellence and organizational change. 

  • Gain the leadership knowledge and skills needed to fill executive level positions and pursue innovative best practices in your DEI work and future career. 

  • Be mentored by experienced senior diversity officers from across the nation.

A significant feature of the Graduate Certificate and new Ph.D. Specialization in Diversity Equity and Inclusion will be the opportunity to network and build mentoring relationships with senior diversity officers active in the field. Through partnerships with INSIGHT into Diversity Magazine, the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, and the UK College of Education’s Education and Civil Rights Initiative in collaboration with the NAACP, students will build a network of connections and mentored relationships to assure success in their careers. 

The Studies in Higher Education PhD Specialization in Diversity Equity and Inclusion features the Senior Diversity Officer Leadership coursework as core curriculum and requires a separate application.  Applications for the PhD Studies in Higher Education (SHED) program are due by October 1st for Spring and February 1st for Summer or Fall.  Students can start any semester.

Application Requirements

You will apply to our program through the University of Kentucky Graduate School.
Please note: GRE scores are not required for admission to any of EPE’s Degree Programs.

  1. CV
  2. Personal Statement
    • A narrative statement that highlights your career progression to present and identifies how your professional experience relates to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ( 3-4 pages). Also identify how you plan to use this degree and certificate.
  3. DEI Essay
    • Answer the question “ Why is Diversity a compelling interest in Education or related field. (2-3 pages)
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. At the request of program faculty, an interview (via phone or zoom) may be required.
     

NOTE: Rolling Admission up to May 1st for Fall and up to November 1st for Spring.
 

Curriculum

  • EPE 751 Strategy, Structure, & Change Management for Senior Diversity Leadership
    The first course of the core sequence, requires students to identify and analyze the critical diversity issues in higher education and begin to implement innovative, evidence-based success strategies to meet campus diversity goals.
     
  • EPE 752 Policy & Practice SDO Leadership
    In this last course of the core sequence, students will apply their learning through a mentored case study assignment in which they will identify a problem of practice, design an intervention OR conduct an evaluation of a change in progress, and produce a substantive analysis of the process for the participating campus stakeholders. Students will also develop a portfolio of ideas for working with all aspects of campus administration from student and academic services to development, human resources, and facilities.

Electives to build concentration or context (these are regularly offered courses):

  • EDL 701 Leadership in Educational Organizations (3). 
    A study of leadership with particular emphasis on understanding the nature, defining characteristics, responsibilities, contextual determinants, and importance of leadership within educational organizations. Prereq: Admission to Department program or consent of instructor.

  • EDL 702 Leadership for Organizational Learning (3).
    This course examines theories associated with organizational learning and change processes that can be used by leaders of 21st century educational systems. Theories are then used to examine prevailing practices within organizations and to inform the development of action plans appropriate for improved organizational performance. Prereq: Admission to Department program or consent of instructor.

  • EDL 703 Leading Organizational Change (3).
    This course focuses on understanding the field of organizational change as well as emphasizing the nature, characteristics, responsibilities, and contextual determinants that influence a leader’s role in changing educational organizations. Prereq: Admission to Department program or consent of instructor.

Course details can be viewed here.

 

Federal Financial Aid and Certificate Programs

Please note that federal financial aid is not available for certificate programs, but other financial resources may be available on the Financial Aid page.


Contact

Gregory Vincent

Professor

Educational Policy Studies & Evaluation

College of Education

131 Taylor Education Building

859-257-2626

State Authorization & Licensure

If you plan to complete a University of Kentucky online program while living outside of Kentucky, you should check the Out-of-State Students page to determine if the University of Kentucky is authorized to provide this program in your state of residence. If you plan to use the degree to seek licensure, you should also determine if the degree meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.