Diversity & Inclusion

Cultural Competency Certificate

The Cultural Competency Certificate (C3) is open to all staff, faculty and students of Trocaire College who wish to participate. To attain the certificate participants attend three mandatory sessions and choose four additional sessions from a list of offered workshops.  These workshops are led by experts in their respective topics. Students, faculty and staff may attend any of the sessions even if not participating in the certificate program.


The Cultural Competency Certificate program is intended to increase the knowledge, sensitivity and skills in cross-cultural interactions.

The key components of Cultural Competence are knowledge gathering, skill-building, and community integration. The skills learned in the C3 program will aid participants in their chosen career, and as members of an inclusive community. Participants will have the skills to participate in a diverse workplace and care for the whole person.

Areas of training include:

  • Introduction to cultural competency
  • Intermediate level workshop to cultural competency
  • Panel on race, ethnicity and culture
  • LGBTQIAP+ cultural competency
  • Disability and accessibility competency
  • Gender and sexism competency
  • Socioeconomic power, privilege, and oppression
  • Competency on a specific religious belief each semester
  • Advocacy

How to Earn the Cultural Competency Certificate:

There are three mandatory classes in the C3 program, and participants must also complete four of the additional workshops.

The C3 Program is meant to be done over 1-2 years. All workshops to complete the curriculum will be offered every semester. Participants are welcome to complete the certificate in a time frame that fits their schedules, taking up to two years.

Note: Sessions can be taken out of order–Introduction and Intermediate Cultural Competence–do not need to be taken before other sessions.

Mandatory courses (Knowledge):

C3 Introductory course – February 7th, 2:30-4:30pm, Desmon Board Room

C3 Intermediate course – March 7th, 3-5pm, Desmon Board Room

Racial Justice Panel – March 28th, 2-4pm, Choate Rm 30 – For more info on the panel, including panelist bios, click here

Supplemental courses, choose four (Skills):

February 22th, 3-6pm – What Happened to Henrietta Lacks? Ethical Practices vs. Medical Research, Pathways to Nursing Success, Margaret Wendt Center (Collaborated event by Dr. Teresa Edgerton, DNP, FNP-BC, Nursing Faculty, and Shawnte Wilson.See Dr. Edgerton or Shawnte Wilson for additional information)

February 28th, 2-4pm—LGBTQ+ Cultural Competency Training, Pride Center, Choate Rm 260

April 1st, 2-4pm—Messianic Jewish Faith, Rabbi Frank Lowinger, Choate Rm 411

April 2nd, 2-4pm—Microaggressions, Student Life, Transit Rm 209

April 10th, 2-3pm—Women & Gender, Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, Choate Rm 205

April 11th, 2-4pm—Advocacy, Geo Hernandez, PUSH Buffalo, Choate Rm 218

April 16th, 2-4pm— Women in Corporate Leadership, Ms. Cindy Odom, Choate Rm 411

April 23rd, 2-4pm—Allyship, Student Life, Transit Rm 209


Students: After completing the courses students will be required to work with the Student Life Office to host a tabling event that will provide information to the campus about a cultural organization of their choice

Employees: After completing the courses staff will be required to submit a two page reflection on how they could incorporate what they learned in the program to their work at Trocaire College


Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge – Participants will:

  • Develop and advance self-awareness of their own identity and culture.
  • Gain knowledge of cultural characteristics, history, values, beliefs, and behaviors of another cultural group

Skills – Participants will:

  • Foster effective interpersonal , culturally centered communication techniques
  • Respond skillfully to cultural bias in both themselves and others

Integrate – Participants will:

  • Incorporate the skills and knowledge obtained through the program into their work and lives

Enrollment information

Enrollment is free!

To enroll in the program click here or attend an event.


Sisters of Mercy: Critical Concerns   

The Sisters of Mercy were founded out of a deep concern for persons who are poor. Today, that focus is in five “critical concerns” that are addressed through prayer, attention to personal, communal and institutional choices; education; advocacy with legislatures and other government leaders; and corporate engagement.


Members of the C3 Team:

  • Dawne Bost, Coordinator of Faculty Success
  • Kimberly Rosenfeld, Human Resources Generalist/Civil Rights Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator
  • Maeve Spiegler, Graduate Assistant for Student Engagement
  • Thomas Vane, Director of Student Engagement
  • Danise Wilson, Executive Director of Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center, Inc.
  • Shawnte Wilson, Pathways to Nursing Success Program Coordinator



If you have questions, please email Maeve spieglerm@trocaire.edu