CSU is a diverse community. As our CSU Principles of Community state, we have a commitment to inclusion, integrity, respect, service and social justice to create a community where students feel safe, included and able to learn. The Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Module is an important step to help students understand the principles and apply them to their work, education and life.
CSU students have expressed the need through Student Activism and demands for CSU to make additional student education and training related to diversity and inclusion available. In Spring 2021, the Race Bias and Equity Initiative (RBEI) Council approved funding to launch a campus-wide rollout of the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Module for all students. The module will also be integrated into identified coursework with follow-up discussions to deepen student learning of content in intentional spaces.
How to Take the Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Module
Students will have access to the module in RamWeb, beginning Monday, August 16, 2021.
- Log into RamWeb using your CSU eID log-in credentials.
- Click on the “Diversity and Inclusion” menu link and then the “Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Module” link to start the module.
- Participants can log in and out of the course at the end of each section. Section ends are marked with a button. DO NOT log out until you click the NEXT button, or the course will repeat the section just gone through.
- To access the module, always log back into RamWeb and follow the instructions above.
- To avoid technical issues, use any major web browser released within the previous two years.
- The module includes surveys to help personalize the experience and measure students’ attitudes, behaviors and learning. Themes from these surveys will only be accessed by module administrators in aggregate form.
For Technical Issues:
Should you experience any technical difficulties with the module, the Online Technical Support Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help troubleshoot. Simply click on the “Technical Help” button located in the upper right-hand corner of every screen or call 1-866-384-9062. You do not need to be logged into the course to access the Technical Support Center.
Faculty and Staff Access:
If a faculty or staff member is interested in seeing a demo of the module, please include your first and last name in an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Module
The Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging student online module uses short videos, what-would-you-do scenarios, and reflections to engage participants on a variety of terms, concepts, and dynamics backed by evidence-based research and theory. The full course equips learners with the information and skills necessary to create a respectful and welcoming environment for everyone. Completing the module takes about 40 minutes and provides foundational background knowledge for students in the CSU community.
Offering this learning opportunity to all students has been consistently asked for, as part of a series of Student Activism.
Striving for inclusive excellence in higher education is a CSU priority. The diversity of identities in the student population requires a nuanced approach, yet that nuance is hard to engender in a large student population informed by varying degrees of cultural awareness, fluency, perceptions and learned behaviors. In order to create a community where students feel valued, included and ready to learn across differences, universities, like CSU, are examining their diversity and inclusion efforts and are looking to provide a shared foundation to build a stronger sense of community that cultivates understanding and amplifies our principles of community. The implementation of the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging module will help create a common student learning experience for student application to build upon during their time at CSU and beyond.
The Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Module has been piloted with CSU student groups and student employees over the past two years. Evaluation results and feedback have been favorable.
Module Requirement This Year:
The Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging module is optional.
Module Launch Timeline:
All incoming and returning students will be invited to complete the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Module. New incoming students will hear about the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging training module and engage in related discussions at the We Are CSU program at Ram Welcome the week of August 16. All students will be invited to complete the module, starting the week of August 30 through planned communication efforts. The module will remain open throughout the academic year.
The intention is to launch this academic year to all students and then on an ongoing basis to new incoming students.
Students can expect to engage in short videos, what-would-you-do scenarios, reflections and opportunities to practice new skills, deepening their understanding of diversity, inclusion and belonging. Through this training experience, students will:
- Explore their own identities.
- Learn about key concepts related to identity, inclusion, belonging, bias, power, privilege and oppression.
- Understand the benefits of being part of a diverse community.
- Develop skills related to being an ally, bystander intervention, self and community care and creating inclusive spaces.
The Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging module course outline can be viewed at: http://everfiresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/DIB-Student-course-outline.pdf.
Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Module Curriculum Infusion Toolkit
The Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Module Toolkit is designed to serve as a resource that equips our campus community to engage in a more inclusive campus culture. The toolkit has been created to support faculty, practitioners and student leaders alike to continue the learning topics covered in the module in the following settings: the classroom, student staff development, student organizations and programming.
Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Campus Toolkit (eID login required)
Download module word marks, social media graphics, and digital sign graphics (eID login required)
Review the module course outline at: http://everfiresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/DIB-Student-course-outline.pdf.
To take a demo of the module as a faculty or staff member, please email email@example.com and include your first and last name and email address.
Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Training Sessions
A team of trained staff will provide training sessions throughout the Fall and Spring semesters to assist interested faculty and staff in integrating both the module and general diversity, inclusion and belonging concepts into academic course expectations, student staff development and group settings.
Incorporating the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Module: An Introduction to the Toolkit
Attend this training to explore and understand the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Module Toolkit and how you can incorporate the module into your course, student staff development, etc. Trainings are synchronous, 1.5 hours in length and are currently held virtually.
General Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Facilitation Skills
Many individuals share they would like more skills and ability to have conversations around topics of diversity, inclusion and belonging. Attending this training begins or continues participants’ skill acquisition. Trainings are synchronous, 1.5 hours in length and are currently held virtually.
Individual Campus Partner Consultations:
To support the inclusion of the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Module partnership consultations will be offered. These consultations are meant to help campus partners in developing content infusion, connections to current curriculum, determining content entry level point and support with facilitation techniques. To request a consultation, please complete the form at http://colostate.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6MeYQ3a2ANntRAi.
Taking a Deeper Dive with Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging
If you would like to continue to explore diversity, inclusion and belonging and deepen your personal learning, visit the Office of Inclusive Excellence’s resources page.