Diversity Certificate Program

An Interdisciplinary Program
Dr. Alan I. Marcus
214 Allen Hall
Box H
Mississippi State University, MS 39762
Telephone: 662-325-7075
E-mail: aimarcus@history.msstate.edu

The Diversity Certificate program seeks to teach workplace success by providing the multi-cultural knowledge and skills necessary to navigate among a diverse workforce. At the heart of this post-baccalaureate program is the demand that students learn and think critically about race, race relations, ethnicity, social class and inequality, religion, and gender. This requirement will produce employees who have the necessary sensitivity and understanding to accept important leadership challenges and to advance themselves and their workplace.

Its methods are straightforward. Each student seeking a certificate must take at least one of two courses from each of four distinct fields: History, Sociology, Gender Studies and African American Studies. Students are free to take more than the minimum number of courses; however, the program an intense immersion in one course from each area will enhance understanding sufficient for business persons to achieve objectives most sensibly and expeditiously.

The choice of these four fields is deliberate and precise. History will enable students to learn the various forces, activities and trends leading to the present day world; history grants perspective. Sociology will explore and explain the interactions among and between diverse peoples in the present day; it explores social dynamics. Both African American and Gender Studies offer a more multivariate approach. Borrowing from a number of disciplines and specialties, they offer an interdisciplinary, multicultural perspective, revealing numerous, tangible intersections among institutional sexism and racism, power relationships, economic allocation and self and group actualization.

Together, these four fields create a tightly woven package that will make a true difference both in the students who take the courses and the workplaces in which they operate. Each of the courses has a similar approach using classic writings, great thinkers and pertinent events as well as analysis and understanding of those whose voices in social settings remain obscured. Each utilizes the most recent information and insight to fashion an acute demonstration of how multicultural knowledge and understanding is essential to successful functioning in all aspects of the modern world.

Admission:
Applicants must be graduates of accredited undergraduate institutions and be admitted by the Graduate Office either as a degree-program or unclassified graduate student. Students wishing to apply for the certificate program must submit a writing sample explaining how they plan to use the Diversity Certificate in their careers. This document is required from degree-program and unclassified graduate students and must be submitted directly to Dr. Alan Marcus. International students must obtain a TOEFL score of 625 or better.

Requirements:
The Diversity Certificate program requires a B or better in 12 credit hours earned by taking one course from each of the following pairs.

  1. History 8773 Issues in Women's History or History 8783 Issues in African American History
  2. Sociology 8983 Seminar in Race Relations or Sociology 8993 Sociology of Gender
  3. African American Studies 8793 Race and Cultural Diversity in the Workplace or African American Studies 8613 Racism and the US Color Line
  4. Gender Studies 8113 Exploring Issues in Gender or Gender Studies 8103 Gender and Work

Graduate Courses:
AAS 8793 - Race and Cultural Diversity in the Workplace (graduate standing and enrollment in Diversity Certificate program) [same as HI 8793]. 3 hours
AAS 8603 - Racism and the US Color Line (graduate standing and enrollment in Diversity Certificate program) [same as HI 8603]. 3 hours
GS 8963 - Exploring Issues in Gender (graduate standing and enrollment in Diversity Certificate program) [same as SO 8963]. 3 hours
GS 8973 - Gender and Work (graduate standing and enrollment in Diversity Certificate program) [same as SO 8973]. 3 hours
HI 8773 - Issues in Women's History (Graduate standing and enrollment in Diversity Certificate program). 3 hours
HI 8783 - Issues in African American History (Graduate standing and enrollment in Diversity Certificate program). 3 hours
SO 8983 - Seminar in Race Relations (graduate standing and enrollment in Diversity Certificate program). 3 hours
SO 8993 - Sociology of Gender (graduate standing and enrollment in Diversity Certificate program). 3 hours

African American Studies Faculty - [ Diversity Certificate Program ]

Dorothy Colom

Judge Dorothy Colom


Phone: (662) 325-0587
Email: dac318@msstate.edu
Fax:(662) 325-2225

Judge Dorothy W. Colom is the Senior Judge for the Fourteenth Chancery Court District of Mississippi. A graduate of Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, Judge Colom received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C. She began her legal career as a staff attorney with the North Mississippi Rural Legal Services. She has been in private practice, served as a special Youth Court Referee, and a City Court Judge in Columbus, Mississippi. Judge Colom has been a regular presenter for Continuing Legal Education programs within and outside of the state of Mississippi. She has served as an instructor at the Mississippi University for Women, where she taught Wills and Estates. She is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association and the Magnolia Bar Association.