Increase knowledge and skill set in diversity & inclusion
Learn new ways to interact and engage with students
Broaden awareness of cultural perspectives
Engage in opportunities to connect with other faculty & staff
Enrich institutional culture
Bobcat J.E.D.I. Program
J.E.D.I. = Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
This program offers faculty and staff the opportunity to build competencies that will support a more inclusive environment at Texas State.
The J.E.D.I. Program will include courses related to diversity, inclusion, multiculturalism, ability, social justice, and equity. Participants will be able to participate in courses that are offered throughout the year and online.
This program is a collaboration with University College, Hispanic Serving Institution Programs, Hispanic Policy Network, Student Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Disability Services, Coalition of Black Faculty and Staff, Alliance, and the Provost Office.
Faculty and staff will select one of two-tiered training processes to complete the Bobcat J.E.D.I. Program within a two year span. Participants will take Diversity 101 as an introduction into the program, and will select 2 Core Courses and choose 3 - 5 Elective Courses to take. To complete the program, participants will take Diversity 102 as their final course. See the table below for outline of each track.
Below are the core courses of which two are required for participants to attend in order to complete the Bobcat J.E.D.I. Program.
- (FACES) Foster Care Alumni Creating Educational Success
- Allies for Individuals with Disabilities
- In Limbo: Dilemmas Faced by Undocumented Students
- IN(ability): Disability Does Not Mean Inability
- LGBTQIA+ Allies Training
- Transition from Service to Classroom: Helping Student Veterans Succeed at Texas State
- Understanding International Student Need
Below are courses that participants can select to attend based on interest or relevance, the number of Elective Courses needed varies based on Track Level.
* If you have attended the Multicultural Curriculum Transformation & Research Institute within the last five years it will be applicable for the Bobcat J.E.D.I. Program.
- *Multicultural Curriculum Transformation & Research Institute (Faculty Only)
- Building an Academic Community That is Diverse, Accomplished, and Collegial (Faculty Development)
- Empowering First-Generation College Students
- Equality University (Fall only)
- ESCALA: Increasing Latinx Student Success (Faculty Development)
- Inclusion and Diversity: Building a Diverse Graduate Program (Faculty Development)
- LinkedIn Learning
- Mental Health First Aid
- Supporting Male Student Retention
- Supporting Transgender/Non-binary People in Higher Education Settings
- Survival Sign Language
- Teaching First-Generation Students: Practical Tips for the Classroom
- Upstander Training
The Bobcat J.E.D.I. Program offers an opportunity to build competencies related to diversity and inclusion, increased awareness of the multiple resources available to students, engage in opportunities to connect with faculty and staff, and enrich our institutional culture. We encourage participants to attend the sessions provided by our presenters and partners; however, we understand scheduling conflicts may keep our participants from attending some of the sessions.
LinkedIn Learning (LIL) is to serve as a supplement to the Bobcat J.E.D.I. Program and may be taken as elective courses for the program. Two LIL courses may substitute one Bobcat J.E.D.I. elective course and only one elective course may be substituted.
- Confronting Bias: Thriving Across Our Differences
- Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
- Inclusive Leadership
- Inclusive Mindset
- Unconscious Bias
- Cultivating Cultural Competence and Inclusion
- Dealing with Microaggression as an Employee
- Leading Your Org on a Journey of Allyship
- Managing a Diverse Team
- Skills for Inclusive Conversations
Steps to Certification
Kat Romero, she/her/hers
Conference Services Coordinator
"I have really enjoyed the J.E.D.I. program, it allowed me to take my base foundation of knowledge and really dive deeper into issues and conversations around justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. I enjoyed all of the different courses I took and enjoyed the conversations that came from those courses with colleagues across campus. I am grateful for I had the opportunity to participate in such an important program here on campus. The journey doesn’t end here, this is just the beginning."
Dr. Alec D. Scherer, He/Him/His
Assistant Professor of Music Education
"Participating in the Bobcat J.E.D.I. Program provided invaluable perspectives that have made me a more responsive educator. As a music teacher educator, I look forward to continuing to engage in the ongoing conversations at Texas State and in the larger community in order to provide my students the best opportunities possible to succeed now and in the future."
Daphne Wolfe, She/her/hers
Career Advisor and Liaison for the College of Fine Arts and Communication
"As a staff member who is new to Texas State University, this program was very helpful to not only expand my own knowledge, but also to learn about the student population here at Texas State."
We wish to acknowledge this land on which Texas State University exists and operates. For thousands of years, it has been the traditional land of the Jumano, Cibolo, Cantona, Casquesa, Coahuiltecan tribes. It is also the ancestral land for the Apache, Caddo, Comanche, Kiowa, Wichita, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Alabama-Coushatta, Creek, Kickapoo, Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo, and the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas Band of Yaqui Indians. Today, this meeting place is still home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to be in unity in this physical and metaphysical space, to open our hearts to each other in the spirit of sharing our experiences in order to learn from each other.
(Information from this acknowledgement was gathered from the Edwards Aquifer website, the U.S Department of Arts and Culture, and ACPA website.)