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University of Colorado Boulder

Our World and How to Accept It

University of Colorado Boulder via Coursera


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Thriving organizations strive for equity at all levels. Dynamic global DEI initiatives strengthen connectivity within individual teams and foster cross-cultural collaboration and mutual understanding while encouraging the inclusion of employees from all regions. Broader global relations aside, there also exist country-specific ethnic dynamics that make DEI a critical conversation. Global dynamics present a possible risk (and opportunity) for organizations. In this course, we will focus on how successful DEI initiatives advance business goals, the historical context for DEI work, and definitions of several key terms and concepts. In addition, we will wrap up the importance of creating, leading, implementing and measuring the success of DEI initiatives in the workplace This course can be taken for academic credit as part of CU Boulder’s Master of Engineering in Engineering Management (ME-EM) degree offered on the Coursera platform. The ME-EM is designed to help engineers, scientists, and technical professionals move into leadership and management roles in the engineering and technical sectors. With performance-based admissions and no application process, the ME-EM is ideal for individuals with a broad range of undergraduate education and/or professional experience. Learn more about the ME-EM program at Course logo image credit: Marco Bianchetti. Available on Unsplash at h


  • Moving Beyond Yourself to Accept Others
    • Until recently, diversity, equity, and inclusion were not considered to be an integral part of a company’s strategy. In this lesson, we will focus on how to combine research and strategy to develop a DEI plan.
  • Inclusive Recruiting Measures
    • This module is designed to help understand why diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to organizations in recruiting, from the importance of an inclusive job description to onboarding.
  • Why Do They Leave?
    • In this module, you will consider how HR partners within an organization support initiatives for retaining talent.
  • Do DEI Training and Workshops Work?
    • In this module, you will explore the true purpose of DEI training and workshops and how to get the most out of employees' time.
  • Where to Go from Here
    • In this module, you will learn the importance and the responsibility for supporting and championing inclusive and equitable workplace practices.

Taught by

Jessica Rush Leeker, Ph.D.


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