Course Description

“Diversity and inclusion are not about counting people. It’s about making people count.” -Dr. Shelton J. Goode

This course offers a critical understanding of workplace equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging practices. Students will learn about concepts and theories foundational to addressing issues of inequities. Learners will better understand how their own experiences shape their ability to lead across difference and inclusion and how to shift from a place of awareness to action. Our exploration of diverse and inclusive workplaces will be examined through concepts such as bias, prejudice, discrimination, and privilege. This course offers a roadmap and tools for organizations to co-create, equitable and inclusive workplace practices emphasizing the value of diversity and inclusion. The instructor may adapt content to address current issues.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Develop foundational knowledge of equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging in the workplace
  • Critically evaluate the effects of organizational policies and practices on designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities
  • Communicate the merits and benefits of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Use knowledge and skills gained to assist in creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace environment.

Course Outline

Topics include:

Building the Foundation: What’s in the name? EDI OR DEI? 

  • Equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging 
  • Understanding bias, stereotypes, discrimination, and internalized dominance/oppression

Workplace Culture, Behaviours and Language 

  • What is workplace culture? 
  • Addressing Microaggressions

Beyond Inclusion: Moving from Awareness to Action 

  • The Value of Inclusion: Influencing Others for EDI
  • Developing Inclusive Leadership Habits (facilitating courageous, inclusive conversations)

Sustaining Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

  • Creating a roadmap for driving positive change (Recruitment & Retention) 
  • Creating employee resource groups
  • Effective inclusive organizational strategies, practices, and policies

Sample exercises: 

  • Identify workplace challenges, barriers and identify the impact on workplace culture 
  • Examine and analyze organizational policies and practices that may require a more equitable, inclusive, and diverse framework

Learners must actively participate in class discussions and attend at least 75% of the class to receive a Certificate of Participation.

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