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Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging in the Workplace

“Diversity and inclusion are not about counting people. It’s about making people count.” -Dr. Shelton J. Goode

This course offers a critical understanding of workplace equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging practices. Students will learn about concepts and theories foundational to addressing issues of inequities. Learners will better understand how their own experiences shape their ability to lead across difference and inclusion and how to shift from a place of awareness to action. Our exploration of diverse and inclusive workplaces will be examined through concepts such as bias, prejudice, discrimination, and privilege. This course offers a roadmap and tools for organizations to co-create, equitable and inclusive workplace practices emphasizing the value of diversity and inclusion. The instructor may adapt content to address current issues.

Upon completion of this class you will learn to:

  • Develop foundational knowledge of equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging in the workplace
  • Critically evaluate the effects of organizational policies and practices on designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities)
  • Communicate the merits and benefits of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Use knowledge and skills gained to assist in creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace environment.

Topics include:

Building the Foundation: What’s in the name? EDI OR DEI? 

  • Equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging 
  • Understanding bias, stereotypes, discrimination, and internalized dominance/oppression

Workplace Culture, Behaviours and Language 

  • What is workplace culture? 
  • Addressing Microaggressions

Beyond Inclusion: Moving from Awareness to Action 

  • The Value of Inclusion: Influencing Others for EDI
  • Developing Inclusive Leadership Habits (facilitating courageous, inclusive conversations)

Sustaining Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

  • Creating a roadmap for driving positive change (Recruitment & Retention) 
  • Creating employee resource groups
  • Effective inclusive organizational strategies, practices, and policies

Sample exercises: 

  • Identify workplace challenges, barriers and identify the impact on workplace culture 
  • Examine and analyze organizational policies and practices that may require a more equitable, inclusive, and diverse framework

Learners must actively participate in class discussions and attend at least 75% of the class to receive a Certificate of Participation.


ARTC 7121 
Wednesday, October 9, 2024 (Registration opening soon)
9am - 4pm EST
Format: In-person, Windsor Hall, Downtown Campus
Instructor: Nicole Scott


Wednesday, November 6, 2024 (Registration opening soon)
9am - 4pm EST
Format: Online Classroom
Instructor: Nicole Scott

Fee: $450 + HST per registration. UWindsor staff, students, alumni, and Hire UWindsor partners are eligible for a discount. For leaders in their organization who wish to send their team, group rates for 3 or more are available. Email for details.

Nicole Scott, BSW, MSW, RSW has been appointed to the Field Learning Specialist in the School of Social Work, University of Windsor. Nicole’s responsibilities include negotiation of field placements, referral of undergraduate and graduate students to field sites, confirmation of placements, site visits and monitoring of students’ performance in the field.

Nicole has over ten years of clinical social work experience working in a hospital setting. She has held multiple roles within a clinical setting, discharge planning, bariatric/medical weight clinic, mental health, geriatric mental health and addictions. Nicole has had a hand in program development and program evaluation and was part of the Ontario Bariatric Network mental health task force.

Nicole Scott is a member of the University of Windsor's Anti-Black Racism Task Force

Nicole Scott has been appointed as a member of the Working Group: Black Scholars Hiring Initiative at UWindsor

Nicole Scott has been appointed as a member of the Employee Mental Health Strategy Working Group at UWindsor

Beatrice Anane-Bediakoh

Beatrice Anane-Bediakoh is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at York University. She holds a Master of Education in Humanities, Social Science, and Social Justice Education from the University of Toronto (OISE) and earned her Hons. Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Wilfrid Laurier University. Beatrice’s academic work is motivated by an unwavering commitment to the collective struggle for Black freedom(s) and life forms. Her interests include race and racialization, Black geographies, and the spatialization of race. Grounded in her lived experiences, her dissertation explores the links between Black personhood and neighbourhoods through processes of racialization. She has two upcoming entries in the Encyclopedia of Critical Political Science: a biographical essay on Stokely Carmichael and a co-authored conceptual essay on Racialization. Beyond her academic work, she is intimately invested in the Black community. In partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel, she participates as Big Sister/ Mentor, alongside, offering affordable individualized tutoring services to low-income families in the Greater Toronto Area.

Learners will be expected to possess:

  • Basic computer skills
  • English language proficiency


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