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Preparing for Diversity and Inclusion: Developing Effective In-House Training

Nov 1 - Dec 13, 2021
2.0 credits

$550 Enroll

Full course description

6 Weeks

20 Hours


Course Type:

2.0 CEUs

Course Description

A compelling and rich body of research shows that embracing diversity and inclusion is good for companies. Companies with a diverse workforce are able to acquire and retain talent, enhance employee engagement, capture or create new markets, and improve overall business performance. The majority of American job seekers report that a company's commitment to diversity is an important factor they consider when evaluating job opportunities, and today, over 95 percent of large companies (companies with over 1,000 employees) offer diversity and inclusion programs.

Despite corporate investments in D&I, however, 75 percent of employees in underrepresented groups — women, racial and ethnic minorities, and LGBTQ employees; report that they have not yet personally benefited from their companies’ diversity and inclusion programs. Where's the disconnect? And, what must companies do to create sustainable change with real impact?

In Preparing for Diversity and Inclusion: Developing Effective In-House Training, you'll learn how to develop effective D&I training programs at your organization that facilitate results. You’ll learn about how key micro-and macro-planning activities can contribute to more-effective training by not only focusing on organizational weaknesses and gaps but also strengths.

Topics Covered

  • The role of top leadership in D&I initiatives
  • Barriers and accelerators for D&I training
  • Building on previous training and subsequent outcomes
  • Understanding overall employee attitudes and perspectives on the organization
  • Collaborative planning for training
  • Perceptions of cultural competency, diversity, and inclusion
  • The role of external views of the organization
  • Evaluating and working with trainers
  • Connecting training outcomes to the organization strategic plan and mission

Why Take This Course

D&I training can get a bad rap as being less than practical for organizations. First, it’s often a rushed activity and negatively branded, resulting from an adverse incident (or series of events) rather than valued as important work and integral to overall human capital development and organizational function. Second, much D&I training only scratches the surface without touching on other crucial concepts, such as cultural competency, cultural humility, microaggressions, code-switching or systematic discrimination. Rarely does it ever connect to different critical organizational and human capital dimensions, such as leadership, communication, relationship management, collaboration, and strategic planning? Third, D&I training often lacks tailoring to the specific realities and needs of an organization, leading to potential barriers that can render the exercise useless. Last but not least, there is little substantive and intentional work post-training to facilitate a significant, ongoing impact.

Engaging in purposeful planning can limit the problems common to D&I training and help you and your organization develop effective, transformative training for employees. Designed for busy professionals looking to develop practical skills, you’ll learn from a leading educator and social innovation expert alongside other Northwest-based leaders enrolled in the course.

What You Will Learn

At the conclusion of the program, participants will have a plan and strategies for developing and implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives, including:

  • How to actively and intentionally shape D&I in a way that considers the unique needs and realities of your organization, resulting in a more significant change
  • Ways to develop and implement D&I training as part of an overall strategic plan
  • How conscious and subconscious perspectives and experiences can help or hinder D&I efforts

How You Will Learn

Our course is 100% online and divided into weekly modules with optional online (Zoom) discussion sessions every Friday from 2-4 pm PST. There are no required daily or weekly scheduled meeting times. Weekly modules will include recorded lectures, case studies, and written reflections due at the end of each week, giving students the flexibility to complete materials at their own pace and schedule.

Who Should Attend

  • Public- and private-sector leaders with job titles like:
    • Diversity Officer
    • Training and Development Coordinator
    • Human Resource Manager
  • Strategic planning and operations professionals
  • Cohorts of company teams representing multiple functions within an organization

Receive 20 contact hours (2.0 CEU) 

Continuing Education Units (CEU) are a means for measuring and recording noncredit postsecondary-level study, useful where employers, re-licensure agencies, and other authorities require a specified number of hours of instruction for career advancement, and where the noncredit study is acceptable. One CEU is awarded for ten contact hours of participation; less than ten hours are shown as a fractional CEU.

Custom Training and Corporate Discounts

We offer discounts to organizations that buy bulk seats at our programs. Or, let us come to you: we can collaboratively develop training to address the specific needs of your organization, hosted at your corporate venue. For more information, contact us via email or at 541-737-1500.

Center for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Business

The session is sponsored by the OSU Center for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Business, which empowers students, alumni, business professionals, and organizations with strategies, research, and training to foster inclusiveness. Learn more about the center and how to contribute to our community.

Course Instructor

Marla Parker, PhD

Assistant Professor, California State University-Los Angeles

Marla Parker is a teacher, researcher, coach, and advisor with academic and practical experience in public administration and higher education, particularly in the areas of cultural competency, human resource management, leadership, collaboration, and entrepreneurship. In addition to professional training and teaching courses at CSU-LA, she is also a co-founder of the Civic and Social Innovation Group on campus, which promotes the use of innovation for social change.

Erin Haywood

Founder, Powered By Purpose

Erin Haywood's career as an educator and consultant has been grounded in critically thinking about some of the most challenging societal issues like diversity and inclusion, accessible education, or workforce development. With ten years of experience in various industries such as non-profit, education, and tech startups, Erin has partnered with several corporations, including Facebook, KPMG, and Prudential, to diversify their applicant pool of developing solutions for their hiring challenges.