To complete the Certificate in Cultural Competency, students must earn a total of 8 non-credit points. The two final points are earned through the final Capstone Reflection. All of the criteria, except the First-Year Experience, require the completion of reflection questions. Find out more about earning certificate points on the Cultural Competency Engage page.
First-Year Experience (1 point)
Students in FYE 1000 will complete an in-class introduction to cultural competency. Students will be auto-enrolled in the certificate program via Engage Paths.
Foundations / Diversity & Inclusion Workshop (1 point)
Students will have the opportunity to attend varying workshops that introduce the concepts of cultural competency and/or diversity & inclusion. Attending a qualifying workshop is required and optimally completed before or in conjunction with the elective options.
Elective Options (4 points required from at least 2 options)
Students have the option to select from the following categories of experiences to gain points toward the completion of their certificate.
Study Abroad (2 points)
- US Students studying abroad - Florida Tech's program
- International Students studying in the US
Professional Experience (2 points)
Students will receive certificate points for working with a team, company, organization, or association internationally or that promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives.
- Research Experience
- Design or Research Project Team Work
Academic Coursework (1 point per class)
Students will receive both academic credit and certificate points for the completion of a qualifying course. See Qualifying Courses. Language classes in students' native language do not qualify for certificate credit.
Cultural or Diversity Group or Organization (1 point)
Participation in a group, club, or organization that celebrates culture, diversity, and inclusion for, at minimum, one semester.
Cultural or Diversity Events or Experiences (1 point for 5 events)
Attend and participate in five qualifying cultural, equity, diversity, or inclusion events on or off-campus.
Design Your Own Elective (1-4 points)
Do you have an experience or opportunity that falls outside the above guidelines? Present it to a committee member for consideration.
Required: Capstone Reflection (2 points)
A capstone project that reflects on the student's cultural experiences is required to complete the certificate program and earn transcript designation. The format of the capstone is flexible, i.e. a video, Zoom presentation, web portfolio, reflection paper, etc. Students must have 6 points of qualifying criteria to present the final Capstone.
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