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Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management

Georgetown CCPE is currently accepting applications for the Certificate in Strategic Diversity & Inclusion Management program. Complete applications are due August 1, 2014. We strongly encourage applicants to apply early due to limited availability in the program.

Program Description

Increasingly, diversity and inclusion are becoming strategic business drivers that have a direct impact on organizational effectiveness, profitability, and reputation. According to a recent report by Deloitte Consulting that surveyed 245 companies, including Fortune 500 companies, the top three reasons for investing in diversity and inclusion are improving employee engagement, serving customers more effectively, and increasing organizational innovation and agility. Organizations that failed to invest in diversity and inclusion risked the ability to attract talent, grow their customer base, and launch new products and services.

Taught by academics and experienced practitioners, the Certificate in Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management program is designed for executives, managers, and consultants responsible for human resources, talent management, and organizational effectiveness. The program is grounded in research demonstrating that embracing diversity and inclusion can bring a broader range of mindsets and backgrounds into the organization, leading to more effective decision-making and drawing in a wider customer base. A critical focus of the program is integrating diversity and inclusion into strategic decision-making processes and recognizing its value as a driver of organizational effectiveness and profitability.

During the program, participants will gain a sound understanding of the latest academic research and best practices in the fields of cultural competency and diversity and inclusion. More importantly, participants will learn to apply this knowledge to their work using a systems-thinking approach. The program links emerging research in the field of diversity and inclusion management with current theories in organizational development and change management. Further differentiating the program from others, participants will acquire skills in analyzing and diagnosing diversity and inclusion issues by working with real clients in the completion of a practicum project.

Program Objectives

The program emphasizes the development of critical competencies, metrics, values and ethics—in addition to technical skills, effective communication, and strategic thinking relevant to a wide variety of industries, sectors and disciplines.

Designed For

The program will benefit professionals with diversity and/or talent management responsibilities in the government, non-profit, or private sectors. Participants will gain the necessary insight, skills, and tools to lead or support a strategic, long-term, sustainable approach to diversity and inclusion management in their organization. The courses will provide functional and relevant templates and tools to effectively plan and implement a sustainable diversity strategy.

Industry Outlook

Between 2010 and 2020, both SHRM  and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expect a 21% increase in the number of HR specialists positions created, which is faster than average employment growth. Several trends are driving growth:

  • Many organizations in the private and public sectors have recognized the importance of diversity and inclusion as a critical strategic component to recruit talent, better serve existing customers, and acquire new customers.
  • Projections by the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that changing demographics of American society  will have a significant impact on business as the U.S. becomes more diverse. For example, minorities are projected to comprise 57% of the U.S. population in 2060 compared to 37% today.
  • The U.S. federal government recently launched a strategic and coordinated government-wide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce. President Obama signed Executive Order 13583 in August 2011 to enhance the federal government's ability to recruit, hire, promote, and retain a more diverse workforce.

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Certificate in Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management, participants must complete the six (6) required courses for a total of 14.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or 144 contact hours. 

Program Prerequisites

Participants must have a bachelor's degree or equivalent. A TOEFL examination for non-native speakers of English is not required but students are expected to read, write and comprehend English at the graduate level to fully participate in and gain from the program. Any requests for exceptions to these requirements must be made in writing to the program director at CCPE.

Program Format & Schedule

Courses meet Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during the day. This is a cohort-based program. Students are not able to take sessions independently of the certificate program. Participants are required to attend every day of each session. During the program, students meet periodically as a group with a learning community advisor to gain greater awareness of self as a change agent.

Program Materials

Most course materials are included in the cost of tuition. Course materials will be distributed in digital format and accessible through Blackboard, Georgetown's learning management system. Students must have a laptop or tablet computer to access course materials.

Program Tuition

Total tuition for the certificate program including all six (6) courses is $5,970.00. Tuition is due at time of registration. Withdrawals and refunds are processed based on the Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

This program also qualifies for Veterans Affairs Benefits for eligible students.

Program Registration

The Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management certificate program has a competitive admission process. As this is a cohort program, each applicant will be evaluated as an individual and as part of a well-balance cohort of students. For each cohort, an admissions selection committee chooses a group of students who represent a variety of backgrounds, occupations, and goals for the program to enrich the classroom experience. Students must be open to feedback and personal growth, have a capacity for self-examination, and have a willingness to challenges one's own beliefs.  

Application Checklist

A complete application consists of the following documents: 

  1. The completed application form.
  2. A non-refundable $35 application fee.
  3. An updated resume or CV (no more than two pages).
  4. One letter of recommendation in which the recommender specifically addresses the following points: 
    • How you know the applicant.
    • The applicant's self awareness and capacity for self-reflection.
    • The applicant's receptivity to feedback from others.
    • The applicant's willingness to challenge her/his own beliefs.
    • An example of the applicant's commitment to her/his own personal and professional development.
    • Evidence that the applicant cares about the development and growth of others. 
  5. Individual essay in which the applicant addresses the following questions: 
    • What are your goals, both personal and professional, in attending this program?
    • Describe a recent situation and the impact when a) you examined or challenged a belief you held; or b) you received feedback that surprised you.
    • In what activities do you engage to foster your personal growth and development?
    • What measures of success will you use to assess your time in the program?

To apply to the next cohort of the Certificate in Strategic Diversity & Inclusion Management program, please click Apply Now.

International Students

Non-credit professional certificate programs are classified as part-time education programs. As a result, Georgetown University cannot sponsor international students for student visas (F-1) to enroll in certificate programs. However, prospective international students who enter the U.S. on a valid visa are eligible to enroll in courses. For more about travel visas, please see the section on international students under Frequently Asked Questions.

More Information

For more information or to speak with a program advisor, please complete the Request More Information Form, send an email to, or call 202.687.8700. Interested students are also encouraged to RSVP for an upcoming information session.

Program Schedule: Fall 2014

Course Name Dates Schedule
Theoretical Foundations of Diversity and Inclusion Management Sept 18, 19, 20 2014 Thur, Fri, Sat 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Cultural and Social Group Identities: Expanding Self-Awareness Oct 23, 24, 25 2014 Thur, Fri, Sat 9:00AM – 5:00PM
A Systems Approach to D & I Measurement and Accountability Nov 20, 21, 22 2014 Thur, Fri, Sat 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Resistance and Renewal: Managing the D & I Change Initiative Dec 11, 12, 13 2014 Thur, Fri, Sat 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Workplace Application (A) - Leading and Influencing Across Differences Jan 22, 23, 24 2015 Thur, Fri, Sat 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Workplace Application (B) - Leading and Influencing Across Differences Feb 19, 20, 21 2015 Thur, Fri, Sat 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Minimum Required:  6.0  Courses
    XCPD-451   Theoretical Foundations of Diversity and Inclusion
    XCPD-452   Cultural and Social Group Identities: Expanding Self-Awareness
    XCPD-453   A Systems Approach to D & I Measurement and Accountability
    XCPD-454   Resistance and Renewal: Managing the D & I Change Initiative
    XCPD-455   Workplace Application (A) - Leading and Influencing Across Differences
    XCPD-456   Workplace Application (B) - Leading and Influencing Across Differences

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