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Rice University

Defining Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Organizations

Rice University via Coursera

Overview

Defining Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Organizations is the first course of a four-course series. This course introduces the core definitions of diversity, equity, and inclusion and reasons why these efforts can often fail. We will also explore the elements for making the case for diversity and the concept of DE&I maturation where learners can assess their organization’s activities to determine where it may place on the DE&I continuum.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
1. Provide a common understanding of the terms diversity, equity and inclusion and how can it be effectively implemented into an organization.
2. Understand how our changing demography will impact your organization, discover various arguments used to make the case for diversity and connect them to your organization's success.
3. Recognize the various levels of diversity in the DE&I continuum and where your organization may be.
4. Identify the common struggles with implementing DE&I initiatives and how to avoid the many ways diversity efforts fail.

Syllabus

  • Defining Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Organizations
    • Defining Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Organizations is the first course of a four-course series. This course introduces the core definitions of diversity, equity, and inclusion and the reasons why these efforts can often fail. We will also explore the elements for making the case for diversity and the concept of DE&I maturation where learners can assess their organization’s activities to determine where it may place on the DE&I continuum.
  • Defining DE&I
  • Making The Case For DE&I
  • The DE&I Continuum for Organizations
  • Why DE&I Efforts Often Fail

Taught by

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

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