Diversity, Intercultural and Community Engagement Certificate Program

The CFAES Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, in collaboration with the Ohio State University Multicultural Center, is now offering the CFAES DICE certificate!

What is DICE?

The Diversity, Intercultural and Community Engagement Certificate Program, organized and managed by the Student Life Multicultural Center (MCC), is available to all members of The Ohio State University community interested in exploring diversity, intercultural engagement and socially just leadership. The DICE certificate is a great way to demonstrate a vested interest in diversity, equity and intercultural engagement to schools and employers!

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is partnering with the Multicultural Center to offer a customized DICE certificate for CFAES staff, faculty, and students. 

How it works

You receive credits for the certificate by engaging in a variety of programs such as cultural events, social justice workshops/webinars related to diversity, equity and inclusion, signature MCC programming, CFAES programming, approved diversity leadership retreats, approved service projects, and independent activities. The DICE program is a largely self-guided experience; you choose approved events or activities that work for your schedule. To receive the CFAES DICE certificate, you must complete any combination of approved workshops/trainings/activities that total up to at least 10 DICE credits by July 25th, 2022 at 9:00am

Who can participate?

The CFAES DICE certificate program is available to all students, staff, and faculty affiliated with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. If you are a member of the Ohio State community but not affiliated with CFAES you are eligible to participate in the general DICE certificate program. Visit go.osu.edu/DICE for details about the general DICE certificate.

How do I earn credits?

To receive credit you participate in an approved activity and submit a written reflection about your experience. The lenght of the reflection depends on the number of credits. For each credit you must submit a reflection that is a minimum of 125 words (not including title and name). Therefore, if you complete an activity, such as a webinar, that is worth 2 DICE credits you will need to submit a 250-word reflection. All reflections must be submitted within 2 weeks of the event date.

There is no "right" way to approach reflections except that they must be indicative of serious and deep thought, not a synopsis of the activity. Prompts that may help you craft your reflections include, but are not limited to:

  • What are some of the things you learned through your experience?
  • How does the material covered in the program impact you personally and/or professionally?
  • Why are the topics addressed important to your academic and/or professional journey?
  • What are some insights you gained as a result of your experience?
  • How do you plan to incorporate what you learned into your personal life and/or work?

Registration and CarmenCanvas

To register for the CFAES DICE certificate program navigate to go.osu.edu/diceregistration and select the CFAES partner option. Soon after registering you will be added to a CarmenCanvas course (please allow up to 5 business days). Once added you will receive an automated email containing the link to the CarmenCanvas website. There you will see "DICE CFAES" listed as a link under "My Courses." 

On the home page in the CFAES DICE portal you will find a syllabus. There are many tabs on the home page. Aside from the syllabus you will need to access only the tabs for "Pages" and "Assignments". On those pages you will find a list of approved programs and their registration links as well as a list of eligible CFAES webinar recordings. Note: the list is by no means exhaustive as it includes only MCC and CFAES programs. You may participate in programs from other colleges or units and/or events outside of Ohio State. For example, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosts numerous webinars and other programs. The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity offers a weekly seminar and other events. Programs from other organizations and institutions such as the National Center for Institutional Diversity at Univeristy of Michigan and DEI-related programs through the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (OSU is a member institution) may be eligible for credit. You may also watch up to 3 recordings of webinars for 1 credit each. Links to CFAES webinar recordings are posted on CarmenCanvas. You may use recordings of eligible exernal programs as long as they are approved in advance. 

What happens if I miss the July 25th deadline?

Credits do not roll over into the next academic year cycle. If you do not complete the minimum number of credits by the deadline all credits earned  will be lost. We plan to continue the program next year so if you are unable to complete the certificate during the current cycle you are most welcome to sign up again in the fall, but you will start with zero credits.


For more information or questions about eligibility of events and activities please contact Dr. Leo Taylor (CFAES) or Indra Leyva Cook (MCC).