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 workshops 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.



Knowledge Gathering – All participants must complete these three workshops

Introduction to Cultural Competency

September 16
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Room 260

Intermediate Course to Cultural Competency

October 21
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Room 260

Racial Justice Panel

November 4
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Room 260


Skill Building – Complete 4 of these workshops

Ability & Accessibility

September 19
11:00 am | Rm 205

Gender & Sexism

October 7
11:00 am | Rm 260

Religion & Faith Panel

October 24
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Desmon Board Room


October 28 
12:00 pm | Room 30

LGBTQIAP+: Transgender Culture

October 28 
2:00 pm | Room 30

Tough Conversations with Kids

November 14
11:00 am | Room 260
*For students only


November 19
11:00 am | Room 260
*For students only


After completing the required workshops, incorporate what you learned


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


 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

Cultural Competency Certificate Registration Form

Members of the C3 Team:

  • Co-Chair: Thomas Vane, Director of Student Engagement
  • Co-Chair: Shawnte Wilson, Pathways to Nursing Success Program Coordinator
  • Dawne Bost, Assistant Dean of Academic Operations
  • Susan Horrocks, Ph.D., Psychology Faculty
  • Solomon Nelson, Ph.D., English Faculty
  • Danise Wilson, Executive Director of Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center, Inc.


If you have questions, please email Tom Vane at VaneT@trocaire.edu