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Rice University

Assessing Cultural Climate

Rice University via Coursera

Overview

Assessment is an integral part of any strategic effort. This course provides a familiarization of assessment practices and provides learners with various traditional and nontraditional methods of measurement to assist in making informed improvements to their DE&I initiatives. You will also expand your knowledge in creating bias-free and inclusive evaluation tools with special emphasis placed on assessing organizational climate and culture.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
1. Examine the benefits of benchmarking DE&I efforts internally and against other institutions.
2. Identify variables related to DE&I assessment and how the peer review may be used in this approach.
3. Discover the elements of a successful DE&I statement and how to assess its effectiveness.
4. Describe how ethnography and strategic foresight can be used to address systemic discrimination, social justice and other DE&I concerns in your organization.

Syllabus

  • Accessing Cultural Climate
    • Assessment is an integral part of any strategic effort. This course provides a familiarization of assessment practices and provides learners with various traditional and nontraditional methods of measurement to assist in making informed improvements to their DE&I initiatives. The learner will also expand their knowledge in creating bias-free and inclusive evaluation tools with special emphasis placed on assessing organizational climate and culture.
  • Benchmarking DE&I and If the Grass is Actually Greener
  • How to Write and Assess Diversity Statements
  • Using Ethnography to Address Systemic Issues
  • Using Foresight to Grow Social Justice at Your Organization

Taught by

Richard Anthony Baker, J.D., M.P.A, Ph.D.

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