Leadership DEI Certificate Program – Bundle

Online workshop—learn anywhere you can connect to the web!
Th 9/8–9/16 — 5:30–7:30pm
Location: On-Line


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Instructor/Presenter: Lakisha Coppedge

Developed by local & regional DEI experts to help leaders develop the cultural dexterity to lead and manage effectively for the 21st century workforce. The program’s conception of diversity is inclusive and one that embraces all the dimensions of difference including race, ethnicity, gender, identities, age and ability.

Course Description: Five Modules, each focused on a different aspect of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to help leaders at every level develop the cultural dexterity to lead and manage effectively for the 21st century workforce and enact genuine social change within their company culture. Ideal for all industries or sectors, the program can be geared to any learners, from entry level to senior leadership, and can be customized for individual businesses. Through assessments before, during, and after the program, participants will be able to set goals and determine progress.

Module I: AWARENESS: Identity & Cultural Discovery through the cycle of Socialization

The certificate begins with training on cultural humility and its broad tenets for tangible self & cultural awareness. Focus is placed on self & cultural discovery, selected aspects of our country’s history that emphasized division, inequality, and inequity through both policy and practice. This will be important to understand better some of the roots of structural racism, prejudice, bias, and injustice in the U.S.

 OUTCOMES: Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes Acquired:

  • Introductions and Program overview
  • Knowledge of the Cultural Humility Philosophy and its impact on business policy & practice
  • Enhanced understanding of DEI and what it means for leadership
  • Identity terminology and concept discussion
  • Openness and curious attitude toward understanding historical systems of injustices/oppression that influence work team dynamics

MODULE II IMPACT: Understanding & Redressing Power Imbalances

This module introduces oppressive language and actions of power and privilege in the workplace and the larger community. We explore various assumptions and aggressions displayed in the business world and ways to combat them while attempting to shift attitudes toward equitable distribution of power. Breaking down oppressive power dynamics impacts all business practices. Addressing the need for a deeper understanding of bias, privilege, power dynamics, and the many aggressions influenced by such abuses of power is imperative to individual and collective growth in all aspects of business practices. Therefore, a defined understanding of how power dynamics show up internally and externally is imperative and strongly influences retention, customer experiences, and revenue.

OUTCOMES: Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes Acquired:

  • Knowledge of power, privilege, and bias language & actions
  • Understanding of oppression and its various levels: ideology, institutional, internalized, and interpersonal
  • Skills to shift power to minimize assumptions that lead to microaggressions
  • Attitude and understanding for equitable & inclusive power distribution and its impact in the business community

MODULE III GROWTH: Developing Mutually Beneficial Relationships

This module focuses on developing mutually beneficial partnerships with a defined population through intentional communication and allyship. The need for mutually beneficial and authentic relationships has always been the bedrock for growing and transitioning DEIL work and diverse partnerships. Essential communication and allyship concepts are explored in this module. Through various communication skills and relationship-building activities, participants will learn strategies to grow and embrace diverse relationships for their mutually beneficial prospects.

OUTCOMES: Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes Acquired:

  • Knowledge of effective communication and relationship building practices
  • Cultivating skills to strengthen beneficial relationships
  • Recognizing and responding to various manifestations of oppressive behavior
  • Expanded attitudes towards allyship on a personal and organizational level

MODULE IV- ASSESSMENT: Organizational Assessment 

This module takes an authentic look into current business practices, policies, and procedures. It creates space for individual and collective assessment of inclusive organizational behavior and determines the best growth and tangible change pathways. Various inclusivity assessment tools are introduced, and an accountability action plan is started.

OUTCOMES: Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes Acquired:

  • Review of current organizational policy and procedures to determine growth matrix for tangible change
  • Knowledge of ways to create inclusive spaces through policy and practice
  • Highlight and assessment tools to support effective, consistent change
  • Start accountability action plan

MODULE V-ACTION: Business Accountability 

This final module is where intentional processing of accountability begins. Driven by the assessment module, each participant will develop a strategic accountability plan for self and organization, including knowledge acquired from previous modules.

OUTCOMES: Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes Acquired:

  • Methods for hiring and engaging with diverse staff
  • Strategies for inclusivity
  • Attitudes for valuing different perspectives (increased creativity, problem-solving and improved decision-making
  • Ongoing business accountability measures