Institute for Professional Studies: Inclusion and Belonging

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) in the Workplace

Your organization is only as strong as its culture. No longer solely the role of HR, building an inclusive culture is the responsibility of every manager and employee. This Inclusion & Belonging graduate certificate will help you move your company beyond simple compliance to build a truly aware and inclusive organizational culture. Your courses will address employee engagement and interventions and provide specific diversity strategies.

Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Certificate Program Highlights

  • Five courses, 13 credit hours.
  • Project-based education.
  • Build your own reflective portfolio demonstrating your skills to employers.
  • Network with professional peers and mentors.
  • 100% online.
  • The Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging certificate is eligible to apply towards Avila’s MA in Management and MS in Organizational Development (MSOD).
OD631 Diversity AwarenessApril 24 – June 19, 20238 weeks Online, Fully Asynchronous
OD632 Diversity Planning and Goal SettingJune 20 – August 12, 20238 weeks Online, Fully Asynchronous
OD633 Developing Inclusion TrainingAugust 21 – Oct 15, 20238 weeks Online, Fully Asynchronous
OD634 Practices for Diverse Recruitment and RetentionOctober 16 – December 16, 20238 weeks Online, Fully Asynchronous
MG685 Professional PortfolioJanuary 2 – April 20, 202416-week Online Virtual Portfolio Development

Enroll by March 15, 2023, for a 20% discount

Cost: $500 per credit hour / $6,500 total

“The staff at Avila was incredibly flexible to create an opportunity for a group of professionals in a very high-demanding atmosphere. “

Kari Taube, Senior eLearning Specialist, Cerner

“They truly understood the complexity of this unique group. They created an exceptionally soft blend of content, course work, and scheduled assignments that enabled synchronous, and asynchronous collaboration, depending upon each contributor’s demanding work-life schedule.”

Meaningful and sustained change comes from within. Outside pressures can be a catalyst for change, but diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives must be nurtured from the very top all the way to the front lines for a long-lasting shift. Avila’s Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Certificate is a powerful tool in helping companies make their cultural shift stick.

Today, many companies are taking steps to recruit a diverse workforce. However, it’s one thing to be welcoming in an interview, but if that feeling of belonging doesn’t extend beyond the human resources office, employee retention will suffer. Organizational success will be based largely on the company’s ability to truly alter its organizational structure.  

Avila University’s Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Certificate program graduates will have the knowledge capital to engage in and be at the forefront of change actively. Not only will graduates possess the skills to help companies attract top talent and keep them but investing in a DE&I program demonstrates a company’s long-term investment in its future.

Diversity, inclusion and belonging certificate programs are good business.

According to the World Economic Forum, by 2025, 75% of the global workforce will come from the millennial generation. This group views their ideal workplace as having a supportive environment with diverse perspectives. For millennials, a culture of inclusion is a sign of a more innovative organization that they actively seek out. Diversity must be a key part of the company culture to hire and retain these individuals.

A certificate in diversity and inclusion helps you and your organization take a stand.

Discover more about Avila’s DEI certificate program

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