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Worcester State Takes Professional Development to New Level

May 3, 2022
By: Maureen Stokes

It goes without saying that employees who participate in professional development opportunities not only gain knowledge and skills within their industry, but are cognizant of trends which can be useful to their organization. Worcester State, recognizing this dual benefit, has partnered with Clark University to offer professional development with a certificate in diversity and inclusion to its employees. 

The program is taught by skilled professionals from the greater Worcester community and includes Worcester State faculty Dr. Tanya Mears and Student Accessibility Services Director Fran Manocchio. Participants accepted into Clark University’s Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program take nine sessions (five core sessions and four electives) from a slate of courses over 18-months or can choose to accelerate their learning in two consecutive semesters. Each session is two to three hours and culminates in a capstone project. 

One of Worcester State’s inaugural program participants, Eriberto Mora-Carrera, assistant director of Multicultural Affairs, completed the program early and organized/planned the Brotherhood Conference (see March 18 WSU News story) as his capstone project.

Another participant, Kelly Downs, coordinator of student-athlete support services, formed the inaugural Worcester State Lancers DEI Working group which will advance, endorse and advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion and racially just practices and policies within the Athletics department and in any outward facing interactions of the staff and student-athletes.

To participate in or be nominated for the Fall 2022 Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program, a Worcester State University professional development program, contact Ashley Caruso at 

Photo: Eriberto Mora-Carrera, assistant director of Multicultural Affairs, organized the University’s inaugural Brotherhood Conference in March as his project for the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program. The conference drew 100 first generation, economically diverse, ALANA/BIPOC students from across the state universities and local public schools. (Photo by Nancy Sheehan)

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