Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management
The Certificate in Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management program is designed to help professionals understand that diversity lies in both the similarities and differences among and between individuals at all levels of an organization, and in society at large. 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. Specifically, diversity and inclusion contributes to richness in organizations by allowing a variety of views, approaches, and actions to use in strategic and tactical planning, problem solving, and decision-making. At the same time, organizations committed to diversity and inclusion management become more effective and profitable in serving and growing their customer or constituency 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.
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.
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.
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.
To earn the Certificate in Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management, participants must complete the six (6) required courses for a total of 10.80 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or 108.0 contact hours. All six courses must be completed within a two-year time frame.
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 typically meet Thursdays to Saturdays during the weekday. Most courses are offered each semester, though some courses may be available in the spring or fall semester only. Refer to individual course pages below for schedules.
Participants are encouraged to begin with Foundations of Diversity & Inclusion Management (XCPD-541)and conclude with the capstone course. During the program, students meet periodically as a group with a learning community advisor to gain greater awareness of self as a change agent.
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.
Tuition for each course in the program is $995.00. Total tuition for the certificate program including all six (6) courses is $5,970.00. Tuition is due at time of registration. Students can register online for all six courses at once or register for courses separately. Withdrawals and refunds are processed based on the Withdrawal and Refund Policy.
This program also qualifies for Veterans Affairs Benefits for eligible students.
This certificate is an open enrollment program. No application is required and registration is available by clicking the course links below. Current students must register with their Georgetown NetID and password. New students must first create an account and password through the Student Portal prior to registration. After your account is created, you will receive a Georgetown NetID via email. When you have your Georgetown NetID and password, continue registration by clicking "Add to Cart" on the course registration page, logging in, and following the steps to complete checkout. Course registration is complete when payment is processed and you receive a confirmation email.
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.
For more information or to speak with a program advisor, please complete the Request More Information Form, send an email to email@example.com, or call 202.687.8700. Interested students are also encouraged to attend an upcoming information session.
Program Schedule: Fall 2013 - Spring 2014
|Foundations of Diversity and Inclusion Management||Completed||Sept 26, 27, 28||Thur & Fri 9:00AM – 5:00PM; Sat 9:00AM – 12:00PM||$995.00|
|Cultural Competencies and Social Group Identities||Completed||Oct 24, 25, 26||Thur & Fri 9:00AM – 5:00PM; Sat 9:00AM – 12:00PM||$995.00|
|Systems Approach to Diversity and Inclusion Measurement and Accountability||Completed||Nov 21, 22, 23||Thur & Fri 9:00AM – 5:00PM; Sat 9:00AM – 12:00PM||$995.00|
|Recruitment, Retention, Resistance, Renewal: Managing Change||Completed||Dec 12, 13, 14||Thur & Fri 9:00AM – 5:00PM; Sat 9:00AM – 12:00PM||$995.00|
|Leading for Innovation and Inclusion||Completed||Jan 23, 24, 25||Thur & Fri 9:00AM – 5:00PM; Sat 9:00AM – 12:00PM||$995.00|
|Workplace Application: Diversity and Inclusion in Action||Spring 2014||Feb 20, 21, 22||Thur & Fri 9:00AM – 5:00PM; Sat 9:00AM – 12:00PM||$995.00|