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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.


Schedule: April 8 & April 10, Online | 5pm-8pm EST

Format: Online, virtual classroom 

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 continue@uwindsor.ca for details.

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.

Technical Requirements:

  • Learners will require access to a computer with high-speed internet access.
  • Class is delivered online through the Brightspace Learning Management System (for class materials and assignments) and Microsoft Teams for class meetings.

Brightspace and Microsoft Teams Requirements

  • A link will be provided through email prior to the first day of class so that you will have access to all course resources and streaming functions
  • Once you register for this class you will be issued a UWinID. Please activate your UWinID as soon as possible. Document your UWinID and password as you will need it to access Brightspace and Teams. If you have any issues, please contact continue@uwindsor.ca.
  • Visit this site for Brightspace technical requirements

Learners will be expected to possess:

  • Basic computer skills
  • English language proficiency
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