BUILD Virtual Cohort

Join one of our BUILD Virtual Cohorts!


The Building University of Iowa Leadership for Diversity initiative is an opportunity for UI faculty and staff to gain strategic knowledge and skills to contribute to a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. By completing a series of workshops, participants will earn a certificate demonstrating their commitment as leaders for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and classroom.

Participants in the BUILD initiative will gain:

  • better understanding of the experiences of specific identity groups
  • skills for managing cultural transitions
  • strategies for successful communication
  • best practices for building and supporting diverse teams
  • recognition of patterns of marginalization
  • tools for resolving conflict and tension
  • support in eliminating behaviors and practices that create barriers to inclusion
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BUILD Virtual Cohorts

BUILD Virtual Cohorts is the newest program offered out of the BUILD initiative. This six-week series will engage participants in the guided completion of their BUILD certificate. Participants will complete 13 hours of training, including conversations with fellow cohort members and a certified cultural intelligence coach.  

There are three cohort sections available:

  • Section 1: Mondays | June 1, 2020 – July 6, 2020 | 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Section 2: Wednesdays | June 3, 2020 – July 8, 2020 | 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Section 3: Thursdays | June 4, 2020 – July 9, 2020 | 8 am – 12 pm

To register please complete the form below. Individuals will be chosen on a first come first serve basis and will be notified of their status the same day as registration. Participants engaging with the BUILD Virtual Cohorts will receive credit through Learning and Development after completing the entire series.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Diversity Resources at or 319-353-2388.

Registration for the 2020 Summer BUILD Cohorts is closed.


Week 1: Cohort Session and Beyond the Numbers

Week 2: Fostering Your Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Framework and Coaching Session

Week 3: Implicit Bias and Dynamics of Difference

Week 4: Elective Options

Week 5: Elective Options

Week 6: Cohort Session

Participants will receive a detailed syllabus once they are registered for the course.

Course Descriptions

Core Courses (All Required)

Beyond the Numbers: Foundations of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (2.5 hours)

This introductory workshop will allow participants to understand the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values of the university. Participants will explore and reflect on the role of identity in their personal and professional experiences. 

Exploring the Influence of Implicit Bias in Our Work and Lives (1.5 hours)

This workshop will explore implicit bias, including an introduction to key research studies showing the prevalence and potential impact of unchecked bias in workplace environments, employment practices, everyday interactions.  Participants will explore evidence-based strategies to reduce its impact using case-based discussions.

Fostering Your Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Framework (1.5 hours)

To thrive and succeed in today’s diverse world, one needs to have a highly developed cultural intelligence (CQ). Cultural Intelligence describes your capacity to relate and work effectively across different identity groups and cultures. In this session, participants will learn about the four capabilities of CQ, cultural values orientations, and how to foster rich opportunities for cross-cultural interaction and learning. Participants will also complete a personalized CQ assessment, and have the chance to explore their results and develop an action plan for growth.

The Dynamics of Difference (1.5 hours)

This session focuses on defining power and privilege and their effects in continuing systematic oppression. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their identities, specifically which ones hold privilege and which ones do not. In this session, participants will also learn how to address the conflict they or others may feel about their privileged identities.


Elective Courses (Choose TWO)

A Closer Look at Race in the U.S. (1.5 hours)

In this session, participants will discuss and define race and the levels of racism and review research on how racism is perpetuated in today’s society. We will also explore how our experience(s) influence our perceptions of others and develop strategies to support racial healing and racial equity.

LGBTQ Safe Zone: Phase I (1.5 hours)

Participants will be introduced to basic LGBTQ terms and concepts to help participants develop an appreciation for the experiences of the LGBTQ people, and bring an overall awareness of LGBTQ issues. Participants will be encouraged to think about how they can create a more inclusive environment and will be prepared to provide resources to LGBTQ people.  

Making the Paradigm Shift (1.5 hours)

Participants will begin making the shift from diversity to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Participants will leave will a better understanding of shared language, unit readiness, individual readiness, and resources. We will also review tools, resources, and strategies for integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion into the strategic planning process.

The Intersections of COVID-19 (1.5 hours)

Participants will have an opportunity to dive deeper into the intersectional impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic related to social identity, health, and everyday behaviors. We will discuss ways to understand the nuances of discrimination, look critically at mental and physical health, and engage with advocacy with a social justice lens.


Supplemental Instruction (All Required)

Coaching Session (1 hour)

Coaching is a structured, non-judgmental, motivational resource that allows individuals to work one-on-one to set personal goals, synthesize training information, and problem-solve specific issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Cohort Meetings (1 hour x 2)

Participants will have two opportunities to connect with fellow colleagues in their cohort through these initial and capstone meetings. During these sessions, participants will also have the opportunity to further explore complex topics, share learning, and ask questions of their peers. In the final cohort meeting, participants will submit a short essay about their experience with the BUILD Virtual Cohorts.

For any questions or concerns please let us know we look forward to engaging with you in this new opportunity!