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Northwestern Weinberg College - Leading Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

6 weeks
Full time/part time
Diploma / certificate
Online / Distance
Cape Town
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Program description

Leading Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Gain practical tools to demonstrate the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion in your organization and lead transformative change.

Earn an official certificate of professional achievement from Northwestern Weinberg College

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.

Admission requirements

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.

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Program content

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

Program delivery


  • 6 weeks (excluding orientation)
  • 7–10 hours per week - Self-paced learning online


About the certificate

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

Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the course handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the course.

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

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.

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Deneb House, 368 Browning Road, Woodstock,
7925 Cape Town
South Africa

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