Certified Regional DIVERSITY Leader Program

Would you like to make an impact in your community? Are you interested in delivering training to others in your area?

It is crucial that victims of all ages, racial groups, gender identities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and cultures have access to in-depth, trauma-informed services.  Unfortunately, research shows that is not the common outcome.  With mental constructs preventing marginalized communities from accessing the same care and treatment as their counterparts, it is no surprise that stereotypes prevent underserved populations from asking for help from their community.  These barriers, in addition to many more, prevent providers from reaching those who are most vulnerable in their communities.  

Increased understanding of the dynamics of victimization and how they relate to a victim's social and cultural background means that providers must be vigilant in overcoming biases and keeping up-to-date with new information.  To provide a sustainable approach to increasing cultural awareness, DIVERSITY will offer a comprehensive training opportunity to become a certified Regional DIVERSITY Leader.  This program is FREE OF CHARGE as are all training events outlined below.   


Certification Responsibilities of Participants

All participants are encouraged to complete the certification requirements for the Regional DIVERSITY Leader Program.  The requirements include full participation in the training sessions focused on each of the three underserved populations and an original presentation to professionals, parents, or local organization in one of these seven regions.  

  1. North Coast
  2. North East
  3. Greater Bay Area
  4. Sierras
  5. Central
  6. Central Coast
  7. Far Southern
DIVERSITY Leaders will...
1. Attend the Following:
One-Day Statewide Conference September 19, 2018 (Burbank, CA)
One-Day Skill Building Training: People of Color September 25, 2018 (Salinas, CA) October 9, 2018 (Coronado, CA)
One-Day Skill Building Training: Immigration January 25, 2019 (Sacramento, CA) February 22, 2019 (Los Angeles, CA)
One-Day Skill Building: Limited English Proficiency May-September, 2019**
One-Day Regional Training April - October, 2019

*Tentative dates

2.  Present Locally

DIVERSITY Leaders must present a session on one or all of the focus areas within your organization or to local partners and/or the community.  Complimentary coaching by our Subject Matter Experts will be provided during the months of June to September 2018

3. Submit Curriculum

DIVERSITY Leaders must submit the following to be reviewed by our Subject Matter Field Experts*:

  • PowerPoint, agenda, handouts
  • Sign-in sheets
  • Evaluations (sample template will be provided)

*The DIVERSITY Project reviews curriculum as part of the Leader process solely to provide feedback, support and guidance. We will not take or use your curriculum.


Applicant Review Procedure

The Serving California's Diversity Training Project will review and consider each completed application based on the review criteria below, and space availability.

Review Criteria

Applicant's Title and Position:
Description of the applicant's current position and role in training activities within your discipline.  

Education/Professional Certification:
The applicant's educational background, including credit hours in your service area and any related certificates.  

Past Professional Experience:
The quality and relevance of the applicant's professional experiences, with a focus on training activities the applicant has planned and conducted.

Interest and Intent to Provide Training:
Why the applicant wishes to participate; what the applicant hopes to learn from the training; how the applicant plans to utilize the training experience in the future; and what types of training experiences the applicant plans to conduct.  Emphasis will be placed on applicant's capacity to conduct future trainings.  

NOTE: A significant part of the review process includes consideration of geographic diversity.*

*The Serving California's Diversity Training Project does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, or sexual orientation. 


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    Produced by the CATTA Center, a project of the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. with funding provided by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), Victim Services Branch.