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 through the link below, 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.

Mandatory courses (Knowledge):

C3 Introductory course – February 7th, 3-5pm, Desmon Board Room

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

Racial Justice Panel – March 28th, 2-4pm, Choate Rm 30

Supplemental courses, choose four (Skills):

February 28th, 2-4pm—Pride Center, Choate Rm 260

More workshops


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

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

Faculty: After completing the courses faculty will be required to submit a one page reflection on how they will incorporate what they learned in the program to their classes at Trocaire College and where in their syllabi this change will be reflected.

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
  • Shawnte Wilson, Pathways to Nursing Success Program Coordinator



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