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i2 FAQ

i2 is a broad organizational certification for identity inclusivity. It offers training materials and activities that help organizations to ensure that they are prepared to welcome prospective members with diverse backgrounds and experiences, while reducing discrimination and increasing inclusion.
The i2 certification program focuses on creating inclusive organizations. It trains members of organizations on dealing with intergroup issues, such as bias, bullying, discrimination, and inclusion. Participants are also trained on campus resources in order to be a resource knowledge center for members within their organization.
The SJI chair is responsible for maintaining an inclusive environment within an organization. They are responsible for attending i2 certification trainings to build their skills in dealing with organization issues. The chair is also typically responsible for overseeing the new member transition into their organization to ensure a smooth transition.
The SJI chair is representative to potential new members, other organizations, and to Purdue University. Having this position shows that you are an inclusive organization and are open to a diverse group of students joining your organization.
Organizations can get involved with i2 to any degree they wish. Allowing for different only is this beneficial for the organization but it will also allow potential new members that are passionate about staying inclusive, to find an organization just as passionate and inclusive to a more diverse group of students. Your organization can participate at any tier they wish.
Depending on what tier your organization is on depends on what your organization will have to do to maintain their certification. Click here for more information on certification tiers.
The Vice President of Membership is more focused on recruiting members and monitoring the general progress of members within their organization. Although there can be slight overlap, the SJI chair is much more focused on ensuring that the organization stays inclusive and discriminatory free. The SJI chair is also heavily trained on dissolving member issues and a broad range of resources on campus that are beneficial to members within an organization. Talk to the i2 staff about potentially blending or adapting roles if you have concerns.
Studies show that by not having policies or people in place to prevent discrimination and increase inclusion, organizations put themselves at greater risk for unintentionally excluding or discriminating. By putting the policies in place set out by i2 and electing an SJI chair, you outline a clear path to follow for future members as well as those existing now.
If your organization is looking for more information on the i2 Certification or have questions on the process, contact Drew Mallory at dmallory@purdue.edu.
Not at all! Being involved with the i2 certification program on any tier can truly benefit your organization by showing, even at tier 1, that your organization is interested in keeping an inclusive environment. The most important thing is having the SJI chair in place, even at Tier 1, by having the chair in place this allows a guided path for your organization to remain inclusive and hold themselves to a higher standard.
We understand. It’s important to send a clear signal to your members on what the SJI Chair does—but the name is somewhat flexible. The term “SJI” was chosen out of meeting with various stakeholder groups, including members from Greek Life and other student organizations, faculty and staff, and business professionals. The name was agreed on for its positive impression to both minority individuals and those who read resumes to hire others. (In other words, it looks good on your CV). Contact a member of the i2 team to discuss a suitable alternative for your organization.
There are a few documents your organization will need to add such as the SJI chair By-laws, an Anti-harassment Policy, and an Inclusivity Statement. The i2 certification process will provide you with example drafts for all of these. Typically, adapting them requires little to no changes for your organization, and they’re easy to add into your activities.
Your organization is not required to use the by-laws or policies presented by the i2 program as-is. These example documents can easily be adapted for your organization to use but your organization is also able to draft their own versions and present them for approval to the i2 certification.

              

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