DEI Credit Hour Requirement
Expectations for Departments:
- Each department will identify a Diversity Champion (DC) and give them 4 hrs/month to work on initiatives to advance the department’s DEI efforts
- Each department is expected to host 3 DEI-credit eligible events during the academic year. At least one event (e.g., grand rounds or SPARK Lecture) must be a topic selected and organized by the department featuring an invited or internal guest speaker open to all COM-T.
What is the expectation for individuals?
All faculty, residents/fellows, UArizona staff, and GRAs/GTAs are expected to complete 6 hours of DEI credit during the academic year. Refer to our Schedule of DEI Events for a calendar of DEI credit-eligible events open to all COM-T. Departments should contact the DEI Office to schedule trainings for their department.
Additionally, all faculty, residents/fellows, UArizona staff, and GRAs/GTAs are expected to complete one Implicit Association Test (IAT) annually.
How often should the trainings be taken?
Foundational trainings (Everyday Bias, Microaggressions, Confronting Bias, Med Safe Zone) must be completed every two years. If an individual has yet to take one of these, they should take it the current academic year. Search Committee training and Bias & Interviews training must be completed every two years as well.
Can individuals receive DEI credit for non-COMT ODEI sponsored events?
Individuals may receive up to 2 hours of DEI credit from externally sponsored events on the condition that (1) the departmental Diversity Champion approves these events as DEI-eligible, (2) these events are approved prior to taking place, and (3) the Diversity Champion completes the required form to grant individuals DEI credit per event. Events that ARE NOT eligible for DEI credit hours include online modules, recordings, and committee meetings – individuals may not get DEI credit for participating in these. Events should be at least one hour in length. You will submit an application to your Diversity Champion to request DEI credit (up to 2 hours) for an upcoming event.
At least 4 hours must come from COM-T DEI approved offerings (e.g., trainings, panels, grand rounds, forums, etc.).
What is the expectation for departments?
Each department is expected to host 3 DEI-credit eligible events during the academic year. These may be trainings, Health Equity Grand Rounds, or lectures approved for DEI credit prior to the event (SPARK Lectures). At least one event (e.g., grand rounds or SPARK Lecture) must be a topic selected and organized by the department featuring an invited or internal guest speaker open to all COM-T. Events that DO NOT count towards this requirement are online modules, recordings, and committee meetings – individuals may not get DEI credit for participating in these.
Can departments offer DEI credit for hosting events not currently included in the list of DEI approved trainings and events?
Yes, these will be known as SPARK Lectures. Departments and centers may submit an application to offer DEI credit for a SPARK lecture. These events must be at least one-hour long and the learning objectives must directly address certain elements required for DEI credit. COM-T departments and centers must apply at least two weeks in advance to request DEI credit for a SPARK Lecture they are hosting. The application to request DEI credit for a department-hosted event can be found HERE.
How should departments schedule their SPARK Lectures?
Ideally, we would like to schedule an average of two SPARK lectures per month. Once a DEI event has been approved and scheduled, it will be added to the schedule of DEI events.