JEBI Foundations Certificate Program

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Justice, Equity, Belonging, and Identity (JEBI) Certificate Program


This six-course justice, equity, belonging, and identity certificate program will help faculty and staff acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate within Holy Cross’ diverse and inclusive community, as well as the local community and beyond. This program will help Holy Cross begin that shift in understanding from competence to humility resulting in the acknowledgment and respect of all colleagues' individuality, while promoting empathy, connection, and a healthier campus community.

Cultural Competency was first coined in the healthcare industry and soon spread to other industries and organizations. The general idea was if people providing services or assistance are more culturally knowledgeable about the demographic they serve, they can provide better services and care. Today, cultural competency is the bare minimum and runs into problems because culture (especially one that’s not your own) is not something you can truly master. There can be no one set of rules that apply to all in a culture and attempting to do so would negate the complexity of human beings and our own unique experiences. Cultural competence results in people feeling reduced to one part of their identity and in juxtaposition with Holy Cross’ DEI goal to shift to a state of inclusion and belonging. 

On the other hand, cultural humility goes beyond the concept of cultural competence because it is an approach or cultural shift rather than a fixed set of knowledge or criteria. It emphasizes intersectionality and understanding one’s implicit biases, which cultivates greater self-awareness and self-reflection. When institutions cultivate cultural humility, they enter discussions and conversations with an open and curious mind. This curiosity is directed at their own shortcomings in perception and results in an understanding that bridging those gaps in awareness is an ongoing process.


  1. Build awareness through interrupting microaggressions, understanding DEI concepts, and recognizing unconscious bias.
  2. Help participants acquire the knowledge, language, behavioral, and cultural skills necessary to navigate within a diverse and inclusive community.


Every semester the program will hold six sessions (The Four Core and two electives). Participants can navigate this program at their own pace and there is no set time to finish. In the summer the Office of Justice, Equity, Belonging, and Identity will host a summer institute consisting of two days of the four core workshops and participants can elect to attend this institute to get required sessions out of the way. In addition to the six required sessions, participants will need to attend one DEI-related campus event to complete this program.

Every year JEBI will open submissions for staff, faculty, students, and local community members to present independent research on a topic concerning Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as a session in the next year's program. 

Participants who matriculated after August 2023 will be required to fulfill the requirements below in order to complete the JEBI Certificate Program:

  • 4 CORE Workshops
  • 2 Electives or 1 Elective and 2 DEI-Related Events
  • 1 DEI-Related Event


Understanding Bias and Mitigating its Effects, Lv. 101

Implicit Bias is a cognitive process and refers to unconscious attitudes, reactions, stereotypes, and categories that affect behavior and understanding. This 90-minute workshop explains what implicit bias is and helps to recognize manifestations of implicit bias and its harmful consequences including microaggressions. While being mindful of biases is a step in recognizing and mitigating the harmful impacts they cause, mindfulness alone is not enough to undo the harm of implicit bias. Participants will understand how coming into awareness of bias is the first step in the process of dismantling systemic bias, of undoing the harm both personally and institutionally. In small groups, participants will discuss where they witness bias on campus; share strategies for how to address it both personally and institutionally; and what they would like to see their institution do to address bias within their community.


  • Individuals increase their understanding of what bias is and how it manifests in each of us, within campus, and within our social groups
  • Individuals are provided with a baseline of vocabulary specific to implicit bias
  • Individuals are provided with resources to push their program, department, or division to continue moving toward transformational change

Understanding Gender & Sexuality 101

The LGBTQIA+ community is a growing population on campus that has been negatively impacted by a lack of education and understanding by the general public. This workshop seeks to address the missing education in order to better understand and become accepting of the community, This workshop provides an introduction to the various gender and sexual identity terms, an understanding of the difference between gender and sexuality, the importance of using the correct pronouns in conversations and documents and recognizing manifestations of bias in regard to gender and sexual identities and its harmful consequences. This is approximately a 90-minute workshop that is interactive and provides exercises to practice using gender-neutral pronouns, as well as videos and tips/recommendations, to break the harmful stereotypes that the public has historically held.


  • Individuals increase their understanding of what gender and sexual identities are
  • Individuals are provided with a baseline of vocabulary specific to gender and sexuality
  • Individuals are provided with resources to push their program, department, or division to continue moving toward transformational change

Building Inclusive Communities: Understanding Identity and the Cycle of Socialization and Liberation, Lv. 101

This 90-minute workshop explores social identities and bias and their impact on society. This workshop introduces the various identities that are present in society, defines them, and includes a small group activity to discuss and break down the privilege and disadvantages associated with some identities. The activity allows individuals to reflect on their own privilege and how intersectionality plays an important role. The workshop also focuses on how bias can lead to microaggressions. Microaggressions are defined and tips for responding to them are given. Participants will be asked to reflect on and answer discussion questions based on example scenarios in which some common microaggressions are highlighted.


  • Individuals increase their understanding of identities and how some identities give us an advantage leading to disparities in society
  • Individuals increase their understanding of what bias is and how it manifests in each of us, within the workplace, and within our institutions
  • Individuals increase their understanding of what microaggressions are and how implicit bias plays a role in its manifestation in each of us, within the classroom/workplace, and within our institutions
  • Individuals who experience microaggressions and bias are empowered and learn how to and when to respond

Leveraging Privilege at a Predominantly White Institute (PWIs)*

Privilege is an often poorly defined concept. We all think we know what privilege is, but the definition tends to get muddled with things we believe are privileges but aren't. And let's not get started on how murky the waters get when we throw white privilege into the mix. That is when privilege can become a dangerous weapon. PWIs stand for Predominantly White Institutes, according to the Department of Education…In this interactive session, privilege and white privilege will be clearly defined for attendees. There will be an examination of the overlaps and intersections between the concepts of privilege and white privilege. Attendees will be asked to analyze their privilege and how it plays out in their personal and professional lives. Participants will look at how privilege and white privilege are weaponized in the persistent harming of others. Lastly, we'll discuss ways to interrupt the weaponization of privilege and white privilege in ourselves and others and instead encourage participants to utilize privilege as a tool to combat racism and discrimination at PWI.

*This core course will rotate with a new workshop yearly

All folks who enrolled during the Summer Open Enrollment Period (April 15 - May 1, 2024) must attend this summer institute. Additional attendees are permitted on an individual basis as determined by the JEBI Foundations Certificate Team.

2024 Schedule:

August 6th, 2024 from 9:15 - 11:45 am in Hogan Suite A

  • Building Inclusive Communities: Understanding Identity & the Cycle of Socialization (CORE, Lv. 101)
    • 9:30 - 10:30 am
  • Understanding Gender & Sexuality (CORE, Lv. 101)
    • 10:45 - 11:45 am

August 7th, 2024 from 12:00 - 2:30 pm in Hogan 328

  • Understanding Bias & Mitigating its Effects (CORE, Lv. 101)
    • 12:15 - 1:15 pm
  • Leveraging Privilege at a Predominantly White Institution (CORE, Lv. 101)
    • 1:30 - 2:30 pm


CORE Required Workshops
  • CORE 1 (Identity): Tuesday September 24 from 12-1pm (Hogan Suite A)
  • CORE 2 (Gender & Sexuality): Thursday, October 3rd 9-10am (Zoom)
  • CORE 3 (Implicit Bias): Wednesday October 9th from 3-4pm (Hogan 401)
  • CORE 4 (Privilege): Tuesday October 29th from 4-5pm (Hogan Suite A)
Elective Workshops
  • Elective (Microaggressions & Strategies to Respond): Wednesday October 23rd from 4-5pm (Zoom)
  • Elective (DisCrit, Disability Justice, & Disability Assessment w/ Jeffrey Edelstein): Tuesday, November 19th from 12-1pm (Zoom)
  • Elective (Black Transnational College Students' Experiences): Monday November 11th from 3-4pm (Hogan Suite A)
Learning Group (Optional)
  • Learning Community Group 1: Thursday October 17th from 12-1pm (ZOOM Because of Fall Break)
    • Topic: Media Literacy and Navigating Difficult Discussions around the Election
  • Learning Community Group 2: Thursday November 7th from 3-4pm (Location TBD)
    • Topic: Antisemitism and Islamophobia on U.S. College Campuses
  • Learning Community Group 3: Wednesday December 4th from 12-1pm (Levis Browsing Room)
    • Topic: Colorism
CORE Required Workshops
  • CORE 1 (Gender & Sexuality): Thursday, February 1st 3-4pm (Zoom)
  • CORE 2 (Identity): Thursday February 22, 2024 from 12-1pm (Zoom)
  • CORE 3 (Implicit Bias): Tuesday February 27th, 2024 from 9-10am (Zoom)
  • CORE 4 (Privilege): Wednesday March 27th, 2024 from 4-5pm
Elective Workshops
  • Elective (Disability 101): Tuesday March 26, 2024 from 9-10am*
  • Elective (Invisible Knapsack ): Thursday April 11, 2024 from 12-1pm*
  • Elective (Neurodiversity): Tuesday April 16, 2024 from 1-2pm*
  • Elective (Race in NE Part II): Tuesday April 23, 2024 from 4-5pm
Learning Group
  • Learning Community Group 1:Tuesday March 5th from 12-1pm (ZOOM Because of Spring Break)
  • Learning Community Group 2: Wednesday April 3 from 12-1pm
  • Learning Community Group 3: Thursday May 16 from 12-1pm

Workshops with an asterisk, have dates and/or times that have changed since this schedule was originally posted.

  1. Tuesday, October 10th from 12-1 pm (Zoom) - Understanding Bias and Mitigating its Effects 

  2. Thursday, October 19th from 12-1 pm (In-Person, Hogan 401) - Leveraging Privilege at a Historically White Institution
  3. Monday, October 23rd from 12-1 pm (Zoom) - Understanding Gender and Sexuality
  4. Tuesday, October 31st from 11 am - 12 pm (Zoom) - History of Race and Racism in New England
  5. Wednesday, November 8th from 4-5 pm (In-Person, Hogan 401) - Building Inclusive Communities: Understanding Identity and the Cycle of Socialization and Liberation
  6. Monday, November 13th from 4-5 pm (Zoom) - Racism in the U.S. Food System
  7. Thursday, November 30th from 12-1 pm (In-Person, Hogan 401) - Navigating and Facilitating Difficult Discussions

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