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Diversity, Equity,

Inclusion, &

Social Justice

Why we are different

Austin Community College’s equity leaders have created a new Certificate in Nonprofit
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice which aims to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment within nonprofit organizations where race, ethnicity, gender, and other human differences are viewed as professional and organizational strengths.

Convened by the college’s Nonprofit Austin and Center for Nonprofit Studies, the working group, with the assistance of Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew, CEO of the Restoration and Reconciliation Foundation, developed the Certificate’s 10 sessions, which will be led by Dr.
Booker-Drew, and ACC equity leaders:

  • Larry Davis, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
  • Dr. Eric Nathan, Dean, Faculty Development and Evaluation, TLED
  • Chelsea Biggerstaff, Interim Manager, Faculty Development, TLED
  • Dr. Khayree Williams, Director Truth, Racial Healing, & Transformation Campus Center
  • Dr. Samuel Echevarria-Cruz, Associate Dean DEI Instructional initiatives; Professor, Sociology
  • Dr. Gary Moreno, Director, El Centro

The certificate is one of nine nonprofit certificates offered by Nonprofit Austin and Center for Nonprofit Studies, and is staffed by the Center’s Coordinator.

Barry Silverberg, Nonprofit Austin and Center for Nonprofit Studies Executive Director, noted “This Certificate is part of our Center’s inclusion initiatives to educate and motivate nonprofit leadership to move beyond statements and engage in the difficult, and necessarily painful personal and organizational work to create anti-racist environments that allow all people to
engage in doing good.”


Overall Objective

This certificate will address four pivotal questions:

  • Why does social and racial inequity exist?
  • What is the impact of that inequity on individuals, nonprofit organizations, and society?
  • What strategies and tactics can be deployed to achieve greater social justice and effective inclusion within the nonprofit sector?
  • How are these implemented, assessed, and replicated to achieve our objective?



Limited scholarship funds are available.
*Eligible for AmeriCorps education award funds and Hazlewood Act tuition exemption program


The session will be held online via Zoom. Participants are expected to attend and actively engage in every session. Before you register, please be sure you can commit to participating in each session.

Course Outline

The Certificate in Nonprofit DEIJ’s ten weekly sessions, September 15 to November 17, 2022.

**Schedule is subject to change**

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Class One: Orientation | Expectations | Sustain the Conversation for Nonprofit Organizations

Orientation: Logistics and Expectations
Barry Silverberg, Executive Director, Nonprofit Austin
Coordinator, Nonprofit Austin

Class Two: Race, Identity, and Inclusion in Nonprofit Organizations

Instructor, TBD

Class Three: Understanding the Historical and Social Contexts of Communities

Instructor, TBD

Class Four: Conducting a Racial Equity Audit for Your Organization and Identifying Bias Within Your Work

Instructor, TBD

Class Five: Diversifying Your Board of Directors and Senior Leadership

Instructor, TBD

Class Six: Implementing Diversity Throughout the Culture of Your Organization: HR Policies, Risks and Results

Instructor, TBD

Class Seven: The Role of Advocacy in Equity Efforts for Nonprofits

Instructor, TBD

Class Eight: Philanthropy, Fundraising, and Equity

Instructor, TBD

Class Nine: Leadership, Power, and Privilege in Nonprofit Organization; DEI as a framework in programming and marketing

Instructor, TBD

Class Ten: Grow an Anti-Racist Environment: From Conversation to Action

Instructor, TBD