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Course Overview

The increasing diversification of communities, and by default the workforce, means that diversity is no longer an option. Despite this reality, traditional approaches to diversity continue to assume that individuals are automatically integrated into the workplace. However, it is the process of inclusion that ensures that each individual’s unique experiences and perspectives are accepted, valued, and effectively leveraged. The goal of this course is to provide students with the necessary tools to create more inclusive workplaces, either as a formal leader or as a team member. In this course, students will learn about the distinctions between diversity and inclusion, the personal biases and stereotypes that get in the way of inclusion, and the various processes that might be utilized to create and foster workplace inclusion.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, learners will be able to:

  • identify what is meant by diversity, inclusion and workplace inclusion;
  • explain the typical barriers to inclusion;
  • describe the benefits of and key elements supporting workplace inclusion;
  • articulate the role of leadership in creating and sustaining workplace inclusion;
  • examine personal biases and stereotypes;
  • create a compelling narrative for change;
  • identify policies and practices that support workplace inclusion;
  • develop a plan for inclusion.

Course Outline

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Workplace Inclusion
  • Lesson 2: A Narrative for Change
  • Lesson 3: The Role of Leadership
  • Lesson 4: Inclusive Team Processes

Student Evaluation

Students will be evaluated based on their participation in weekly online discussions (50%) and two comprehensive assignments (50%). To pass the course, students must achieve 60% or more on each credit activity.

This four-week course is worth 1 credit of graduate-level study.