Leading Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Demonstrate the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion in your organization in order to turn dialogue into action and lead transformative change.


6 weeks, excluding


7–10 hours per week,
entirely online

Learning Format

Weekly modules,
flexible learning

This Online Short Course Is for You If:


  • You’re a working professional interested in fostering inclusivity in your organization

  • You’re a people manager or supervisor looking to build and lead more diverse teams

  • You’re a senior manager planning to diversify your workforce and make DEI a strategic business priority

You’ll Walk Away With:


Key insights and tools to effectively create safe spaces and foster constructive dialogue around diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Essential skills and tools to develop and communicate an effective DEI business case within your organization.


Enhanced leadership abilities and a clear communication strategy for DEI to help diverse teams meet objectives with cohesion.


Metrics for monitoring, evaluating, and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in your own business context.

Course Outline

Over the duration of this course, you’ll work through the following modules:

Module 1 The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Landscape
Discover how leadership can advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Module 2 Dynamics of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Organizational Settings
Recognize the importance of understanding the root causes of workplace inequalities in order to pursue change.

Module 3 Opportunities and Challenges of Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Delve into the business and corporate social responsibility case, and its associated challenges, for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Module 4 Managing and Leading Transformative Change
Learn about the role of servant and courageous leadership when managing change in an organization.

Module 5 Communication Strategies for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Learn how to leverage nonviolent communication principles and crisis management strategies.

Module 6 Developing Metrics for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Investigate the diversity, equity, and inclusion climate of an organization to promote change.

Academic Director

Alvin B. Tillery, Jr.

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

Tillery’s research and teaching interests focus on generating key insights about how to lead change around diversity, equity, and inclusion. He is one of the nation’s leading experts on the Black Lives Matter movement, and he has also written extensively about presidential leadership on race relations. His book Between Homeland and Motherland: Africa, U.S. Foreign Policy and Black Leadership in America won the W.E.B. Du Bois Distinguished Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. His papers have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Political Research Quarterly, the Journal of Race, Ethnicity and Politics and many other journals.

An Online Education That Sets You Apart

This Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences online short course is delivered in collaboration with online education provider GetSmarter. Join a growing community of global professionals, and benefit from the opportunity to:


Gain verifiable and relevant competencies and earn invaluable recognition from an international selection of universities, entirely online and in your own time.


Enjoy a personalized, people-mediated online learning experience created to make you feel supported at every step.


Experience a flexible but structured approach to online education as you plan your learning around your life to meet weekly milestones.

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