Leading Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Course starts 7 October 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
29 September 2020
Course Starts:
7 October 2020
6 weeks, excluding orientation
7–10 hours per week, entirely online
USD $2,100
Payment Options
Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences


As the urgency for a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive (DEI) workplace heightens, companies and individuals are seeking tangible outcomes that not only demonstrate their commitment to DEI, but effectively turn dialogue into action.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace can’t exclusively serve business value: it’s an ethical imperative. In its capacity to foster innovation, creativity, and empathy, DEI achieves results in ways homogeneous environments rarely do. But it takes awareness, sensitivity, and collaborative effort to realize potential and to deliver on commitments to improve structural and social impediments to achieving an enriching, humane working environment.

Gain the skills to lead and manage DEI initiatives in your workplace in the Leading Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion online short course from the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. Over six weeks, you’ll develop a holistic understanding of what DEI means for the modern business, and learn how certain initiatives can be executed to improve outcomes in your own context. Further develop your cultural competencies, and foster inclusivity to drive organizational value
with insights from Professor Alvin B. Tillery, a thought leader in racial politics and presidential leadership.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • Key tools to create safe spaces and foster constructive dialogue around diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • The skills to develop and communicate an effective DEI business case within your organization
  • Exposure to global case studies demonstrating the role that DEI applications play in organizational success
  • Monitoring and evaluation metrics for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in your business context
  • Tools and insights to elevate your leadership ability and manage diverse and inclusive teams successfully
  • A communication strategy to demonstrate the value of DEI initiatives within your company

Is this course for you?

This course is designed for any professional interested in diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace, including those who lead diverse groups but may not recognize specific DEI concepts, and those with experience in DEI initiatives who may lack formal training in this field.

Advisers and managers in the DEI space, and HR specialists, recruiters, and talent managers will gain a practical skill set for fostering inclusivity in their teams and companies. People managers and supervisors will learn how to harness practical leadership tools, communication strategies and metrics, and benefit from networking with a cohort of like-minded peers. Senior managers and C-suite executives will discover how best to diversify their workforce using the innovative CREED model, and find value in turning DEI initiatives into a strategic organizational priority.

The course’s learning outcomes have broad application across various industries, including corporates, government, nonprofits, and the wider public sector.

Course curriculum

Learn to develop an effective DEI business case as you work through the weekly modules of this online course.

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1  The diversity, equity, and inclusion landscape
  • Module 2  Dynamics of diversity, equity, and inclusion in organizational settings
  • Module 3  Opportunities and challenges of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Module 4  Managing and leading transformative change
  • Module 5  Communication strategies for diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Module 6  Developing metrics for diversity, equity, and inclusion

Your Academic Director

The design of this online course is guided by Weinberg College faculty at Northwestern University, as well as industry experts, who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge with you throughout the course.

Alvin B. Tillery, Jr.

Alvin B. Tillery, Jr.

Director of the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University

Earn a Certificate From Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University

Study diversity, equity, and inclusion and earn an official certificate of completion from the Weinberg College at Northwestern University.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 7 October 2020.

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    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.