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 On behalf of Center for Equity and Inclusion, we hope you and yours are continuing to stay safe and healthy. 

We are thrilled to announce our 2021-2022 schedule for CEI’s Equity Certificate Program. Equity Certificate is a year-long, cohort learning model for K-12 educators who are committed to creating equitable and inclusive school environments, especially for students and families of color. Providing both personal and group learning opportunities, Equity Certificate builds capacity and community for teachers, counselors, classified staff, and administrators to deepen consciousness, skills and resolve to lead with equity in and out of the classroom. 

 Program Summary

 The Equity Certificate Program is a year-long learning cohort consisting of three collaborative sessions. Areas of focus include:

  • Engaging and highly interactive facilitation with supporting curriculum to learn, reflect and build community in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) 
  • Leadership development for educators and administrators to become DEI leaders
  • Building capacity to improve outcomes for all students by centering BIPOC students 

The Equity Certificate Program is a year-long experience consisting of three collaborative learning sessions in a cohort-based model:

A Foundation for Racial Equity: Summer Intensive (60 hours/4 credits)

  •  August 9-12, 2021, 9am-4pm

  •  August 16-19, 2021, 9am-4pm

Equity in Action (30 hours/2 credits)

  • September 2021 through May 2022
  • Two sessions per month
    • One Saturday morning session (4 hours)
    • One “after school”, site-based session (2 hours)

Leading for Equity: Summer Intensive – Part 2 (30 hours/2 credits)

  • June 27 – July 1, 2022, 9am-4pm

Course Sequence

  • A Foundation for Racial Equity
  • Understanding Cultural Frameworks and De-centering Dominant Culture (Whiteness)
  • Facilitating Learning in Diverse Communities
  • Engaging and Empowering Family Partnership in School Settings
  • Leading for Equity: Building Inclusive School Systems and Creating Systemic Change

What’s Different?

  • We hold all educators deeply capable of becoming leaders for equity.
  • Our graduates are capable of leading a deep equity transformation in their buildings.
  • Our programs raise racial consciousness, deepen resolve, and develop practical skills.
  • Our instructors are practicing, highly accomplished equity leaders in the community.
  • We are committed to working together for systemic change. No one can do this alone.

 All classes will be in a virtual or in-person setting depending on current conditions and safety recommendations.

How to Register
For more information on the application process, contact Adrian Mashia adrian@ceipdx.com


    The Equity Program is eight (8) graduate credits. Three (3) of these credits will directly transfer into the University of Portland’s Master’s program in teaching or certification programs for IAL, CAL, or endorsements. They may also be accepted by other educational institutions for transfer credit. Which option (if any) are you interested in?



    1. I know the dates and times for the first two courses beginning August 7th and can attend all sessions (see “Equity Certificate Program” flyer).

    2. I have reviewed the structure of the full year-long program and will complete all classes and related assignments/activities.

    3. I know the credits will be awarded each term as earned but the Equity Certificate will be granted to eligible participants after completion of the entire program.

    4. I know that transfer credits are linked between courses and I will have to complete the program to receive credits.

    5. I know I will have to obtain any required books for the course (not to exceed six).

    6. I intend to stay at my school site and lead for equity.

    I have read the program reminders and can commit to each of them.
    I agree