Education and Training

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Our commitment to diversity education and cultural awareness training reflects our belief in learning as a lifelong process. As such, we aim to increase access to Charlotte’s growing ecosystem of diversity education and cultural awareness training offerings to support our students' and employees' personal and professional development. These opportunities seek to facilitate exposure to culturally relevant content within a system designed to support self-directed and self-paced learning. Click Our Educational Approach to learn more about our UNC Charlotte Model for Advancing Diversity Education (MADE) Framework

As more content is added, we encourage you to sign up for DiversityEdu courses, explore our Community DEI Toolkit, and take part in a growing number of recommended cultural activities on campus and throughout the Charlotte community.

UNC charlotte made framework

Our Model for Advancing Diversity Education (MADE) framework is built upon four guiding theoretical models: Alberta Bandura’s social cognitive theory1, Earley and Ang’s cultural intelligence model2, Kezar, Holcombe, Vigil, and Dizon’s shared equity leadership3, and social constructivism4–which all support our belief of centering education, reflection, awareness, and engagement as central in an individual’s personal journey that shapes and is shaped by our surrounding culture of values and practices.  Our goal is to provide you with many educational opportunities to facilitate your personal journey. 

Charlotte MADE Framework

Core Components of the Charlotte MADE Framework:

Personal Journey (layer): 
Educational opportunities create pathways for participants to explore their identity, engage in periods of reflection, and learn from others through sharing. The goal is to facilitate self-inquiry to drive intentionality in our ability to think, learn, strategize, build confidence, remain persistent, align personal values, and adapt our behavior--if necessary--to inclusive excellence. 

Values (layer): 
Values are the beliefs and ideals that connect us as individuals or groups in an effort to define and support community wellbeing.

Practices (layer):
The ongoing, regular activities that we perform both individually and collectively reflect the application or use of our values.

Reciprocal and Social Constructivist Learning (bi-directional arrows): 
Learning is an interactional process that provides a reciprocal interaction between the person, environment, and actions. Thus, our personal journey shapes and is shaped by our values and practices.

Bandura, A. 1986. Social Foundations of Thought and Action: A Social Cognitive Theory. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

2 Earley, P.C., Ang, S., 2003. Cultural Intelligence: Individual Interactions across Cultures. Stanford University Press, Palo Alto, CA.

3 Kezar, Adrianna, Elizabeth Holcombe, Darsella Vigil, and Jude Paul Mathias Dizon. 2021. Shared Equity Leadership: Making Equity Everyone’s Work. Washington, DC: American Council on Education; Los Angeles: University of Southern California, Pullias Center for Higher Education.

4McKinley, J. (2015). "Critical Argument and Writer Identity: Social Constructivism as a Theoretical Framework for EFL Academic Writing" (PDF). Critical Inquiry in Language Studies. 12 (3): 184–207.


Located in Canvas, this online suite of diversity, equity, and inclusion course offerings are available to all of UNC Charlotte's faculty, staff, and students. The courses use current social science research in academic settings to introduce learners to skills for engaging with differences on campus; reinforce the skills and knowledge they already possess; expand options for engaging with diversity; and inform rather than direct decisions. Separate courses are available, which allows for each participant to learn personal, everyday skills relevant to their roles as well as foundational DEI knowledge. Participation is voluntary, though highly encouraged.

*You may also find the courses by logging into Canvas with NinerNet credentials and searching under Published Courses for "Training-DiversityEdu-Staff" and "Training- DiversityEdu-Faculty."

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