3 DEI Courses You Can Take Online in Westchester County

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These unique, deeply informative online courses about diversity, equity, and inclusion are just a few clicks away.

Foundations of Diversity and Inclusion at Work

University of Virginia

Junior employees and team leaders alike often wonder how they can generate a more tolerant and welcoming atmosphere in the workplace. This course, presented by University of Virginia, is geared at helping participants shift the culture and climate of their respective companies with effective practices that can generate enduring change. Designed by six Darden School of Business professors, who combined cutting-edge scholarship with best practices for diversity, equity, and inclusion, the course offers students a roadmap to identifying and counteracting inequity in businesses, teaches how managers can constructively address DEI issues, and how employees can build a case for increased diversity. It also helps participants analyze how social class can shape people’s thoughts and actions. In addition, students will learn how to manage and lead change at their organizations, how to navigate difficult conversations with colleagues, create psychologically safe spaces for dialogue, and how to generally promote DEI concepts in their organizations.

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Gender and Sexuality: Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

University of Pittsburgh

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Respecting gender and sexuality in the workplace is vital but can sometimes be a confusing endeavor. Managers may slip up on pronouns, or an employee might not know what is appropriate in a particular situation. Students of this popular online course embark on a journey to find out what sexuality and gender are, what it means to be LGBT+ and how this all relates to workplace dynamics. The class, based upon the fields of women’s studies, gender, sexuality, and LGBT+ studies, employs interdisciplinary concepts and tools to investigate how these elements can impact an individual’s cultural and workplace identity. Students will learn a wealth of key concepts in this singular course aimed at helping all people better deal with gender expectations while at work.

Inclusive Leadership: The Power of Workplace Diversity

University of Colorado

DEI shouldn’t simply be a line in a company handbook. This course, led by noted educator, public speaker, and retired chief diversity officer Dr. Brenda J. Allen, enables its students to weave diversity, equity, and inclusion into the very fabric of their businesses. Participants find out how to cultivate inclusion by valuing and respecting others while learning how effective leaders from across the globe interact with individuals from varied backgrounds. The course, aimed at aspiring leaders in any type of workplace or role, also helps participants develop communication skills while strengthening self-awareness and improving students’ ability to help colleagues feel respected and heard. Both traditional and more timely topics are explored through the coursework, whether it is privilege, microaggressions, or implicit bias. The course is aimed at illuminating the benefits of diversity and the importance of valuing varied perspectives.

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