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Education and Training

Research shows that university sponsored and facilitated diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives play a substantial and meaningful role in reducing bias, prejudice, chilly climates and stimulates robust dialogue across different identities and lived experiences, as well as improves the overall learning environment for all students (Hurtado et al, 2003; Milem, 2003; Chang et al, 2004).


For Faculty and Staff

An online intercultural skill development program for staff and faculty that aims to develop and support intercultural fluency within the Gonzaga University community.

  • Three modules – Approximately 1 hour each
  • The modules cover DEI topics such as diversity inclusion, implicit bias, micro-aggressions, White privilege, the power of language, and other issues critical to deepening and expanding the collective cultural competence of the campus community. 

For Students

The Office of Inclusive Excellence will offer DiversityEdu for Students.  The course is an online and interactive course module that is research based and teaches students about concepts and skills in areas of language, behavior, and the impact of microaggression and implicit bias, as well as much more.  Students will learn how they contribute to a welcoming, inclusive, and safe university campus.  The goal of the program is to help students connect to the Gonzaga University Mission and develop, as leaders for the common good in an inclusive world.

DiversityEdu for Students is a program that is not prescriptive of behaviors or attitudes.  Instead, the program is intended to help students develop common language and understanding of diversity, equity concepts, understand the research and develop research-based skills. 

The Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy (IELA)

The Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy is designed as scaffolding or building blocks adult learning and development program that will help the Gonzaga realize our Inclusive Excellence strategic goals as a learning community. The academy will utilize multidisciplinary strategies and cover topics such as oppression, anti-racism, equity, diversity, inclusion, implicit bias, micro-aggressions, race, privilege, power, inequities, gender identities, current issues, generational intelligence, and more to deepen and expand the collective cultural competency of the Gonzaga community. 

Inclusive Excellence Certificate

Graduates of the IELA will receive an “Inclusive Excellence Leadership Certificate.” To earn the IELC, participants must attend monthly workshops over course of an academic year, attend monthly debriefing, and complete a cohort project.

Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)

IDI measures intercultural competence, such as cultural awareness and readiness such as attitudes and world view. Participants are mapped on a continuum of their intercultural mindset, moving from monocultural to intercultural based on the five stages.

  • The Intercultural Development Inventory is a 50-item questionnaire
  • IDI Individual Profile Report
  • IDI Individual Development Report
  • IDI Group Profile Report

ODEI Administers the IDI to individuals, work groups, and departments per request or per recommendation.

Cultural Intelligence CQ

CQ measures the ability to relate and work effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds and it goes beyond existing notions of cultural sensitivity and awareness. Participants are provided scores in the four CQ capabilities and mapped on a continuum of their cultural values. CQ looks at enhances intercultural skills. 

ODEI Administers the CQ to individuals, work groups, and departments per request or per  recommendation.

Social Justice and Anti Oppression Monthly Reading Group

It is the belief of ODEI that learning is reinforced and enriched by robust discussions and when individuals learn in collaboration with others. ODEI is piloting a monthly social justices and anti oppression facilitated reading groups. Our reading groups will provide a space for crucial conversations, community building, and an opportunity for collective reflection. The program is structured to provide participants to read about topics related to social justice and anti oppression through short reading assignments. If you are interested in joining a group please email or call ODEI.

Customized Educational and Training Programs

ODEI upon request will provide customized diversity, equity, and inclusion training programs by department or intact work groups or teams.  It is critical that DEI training provides a specific focus depending on discipline, major, or position at the institution. 

Contact ODEI to explore our customized training and education solutions.