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University of Colorado Boulder

'Their' World and How You Define 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 develop a more profound knowledge and understanding of diverse groups by hearing actual accounts from various marginalized populations and adopting an approach of first looking inward, then confronting ignorances, biases, and stereotypes of marginalized populations, and ending each lesson with a personal reflection. 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: Ave Calvar. Available on Unsplash at


  • Moving Beyond Yourself to Accept Others
    • In this module, you will spend time moving beyond yourself and learn the process of empathy through candid conversations to help you prepare for learning more cultural empathy and awareness in the following lessons.
  • What Supporting Women Really Means
    • In this module, you will focus on the plight of women in various roles while understanding our position in their journey. Using these concepts, you will be challenged to explore how a feminist/womanist understanding can shape and ground everyday feminist’s life.
  • Being Black in The World
    • In this module, you will focus on the many forms of Black experiences and how they are shaped based on different perspectives worldwide. This lesson considers fundamental questions about the nature of identity, identification, and belonging.
  • Understanding the Intricacies of GLBTQ+
    • In this module, you will build on the history of colonialism and media from course one to examine how contemporary non-normative sexualities and genders exist at the intersection of local and global processes.
  • What is Normal
    • This module provides essential background about neurodiversity by uncovering the strengths of neurodiverse individuals and utilizing their talents to increase the innovation and productivity of the global society.

Taught by

Jessica Rush Leeker, Ph.D.


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