The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is developing a group of leaders to assist in the empowerment of our campus community as we increase our equity and inclusion skills. This team will be instrumental in taking our campus to the next level of inclusive excellence.

To kickoff this endeavor, in-person training from the National Coalition Building Institute will be offered Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 15-17. The NCBI Train-the-Trainer program is a three-day intensive course that teaches participants how to lead the award-winning NCBI Welcoming Diversity Workshop and NCBI Controversial Issue Process. At the Train-the-Trainer Seminar, participants meet in small learning groups where they receive individual coaching in leading each component of both programs.


  • Sessions will begin each day at 8 a.m. in The University of Alabama Student Center Forum, Room 3700.
  • Small group sessions also will be held in the Student Center.
  • Attire is casual.
  • Masks are encouraged.
  • Completion of the training includes certification to deliver NCBI content to our campus community.
  • Lunch and snacks will be provided.
  • NOTE: If you have dietary restrictions, please notify us at by Friday, Dec. 10.


Dr. Renay Scales
Dr. Renay Scales

Dr. Renay Scales has served on three presidential teams and in other leadership roles, and as a faculty member for many years. She has had responsibility for faculty development/faculty affairs (including at universities with unionized faculty); as division chief for Talent Management and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and as a faculty member teaching organizational behavior, leadership and health equity related courses for medical students and residents, master’s and doctoral students. Named a national clinical faculty member in family medicine with NBOME, where she writes and reviews board exam questions for Levels 1, 2 and 3. Scales has worked in academic medicine, business and industry, and all genres of higher education. Considered a key accomplishment in her career is a global health program in partnership between U.S. global health programs and the University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. This work, too, included cultural competency training and education.

Dr. Scales’ work has been acknowledged through a best practice award by OCR, MLK Civil Leadership Awards, a Barrier Breaker Award, and recently, was acknowledged by the National Accrediting Commission for Diversity and Inclusion as Professional of the Month during Women’s History Month. She is a former member of the National Advisory Council for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) and a former board member of the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI). Her role as a DEI leadership consultant includes work with more than 70 colleges and universities. Scales’ research and scholarship focuses primarily on bias and stigma with recent articles and book chapters on race trauma, and a book out soon on emerging cultural issues in healthcare. She has widely presented her research and practice and was recently the keynote for the International Association of Medical and Science Education’s annual conference.

Beverly Jones Williams
Beverly Jones Williams

Beverly Jones Williams is the director of Training and Education in the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity at North Carolina State University. She serves as the campus affiliate director for the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) and oversees the Equal Opportunity Institute, both of which are award-winning diversity education programs.

Williams recently established the Foundations of Cultural Competence and Inclusivity certificate program for NC State University faculty. Additionally, she co-instructs Foundations of Cultural Competence and Leadership and Coalition Building in Diverse Communities undergraduate academic classes. In 2017, the NC Museum of Natural Sciences selected her to be a cultural conversation facilitator for the Race: Are We So Different exhibit. Williams also serves as a national facilitator and campus consultant for NCBI. During her tenure at NC State, Williams previously served in a variety of roles in University Housing and as a training and development specialist in human resources. Williams has worked at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; The College of William and Mary; and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Williams has spent many years training students, faculty, and staff on a variety of topics in addition to diversity, including leadership, teamwork, communication and career exploration. She is a trained mediator. She received a B.A. in Speech Communication and M.S. in College Student Personnel Services from Miami University in Ohio.

National Coalition Building Institute

The National Coalition Building Institute is an international leadership organization that provides training in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in community organizations, K-12 schools, college and university campuses, corporations and law enforcement.

The work of NCBI — its mission, its workshops and trainings, its network of resource teams, and its contribution to long-lasting institutional and social change — is guided by several core principles and key insights. These principles and insights provide a useful overview.

Since 1984, NCBI has conducted effective diversity programs on hundreds of college campuses. The U.S. Department of Education recognizes NCBI’s campus work as a “promising practice,” a designation of excellence given to only a handful of programs in the United States. NCBI also has received the Nelson Mandela Award for outstanding international work on fighting racism, and DuPont Corporation designated NCBI’s work as a “Corporate Best Practice.”
NCBI has community chapters, organizational affiliates and campus affiliates throughout the world. An NCBI Campus Affiliate, which is what our campus will become after the training, consists of a representative cross-section of students, faculty and administrators trained by NCBI to provide diversity and inclusion programs across campus. The presence of an Affiliate represents an institutional commitment to use NCBI programs across campus, in residential life, in student orientation and with faculty throughout the year. The NCBI-trained Affiliate offers year-round leadership workshops that create a more inclusive campus environment.