COM 597: Leadership Approaches to Diversity Initiatives in Organizations

Course Description: 

Organizational change initiatives for diversity, equity and inclusion impact individuals, groups, organizations, and ultimately societies. Leaders throughout organizations can learn to improve their knowledge, skills, and awareness iteratively, in order to contribute more effectively to the progress and success of these initiatives. Workforce demographics and global collaboration create opportunities for greater team effectiveness, resilience, and innovation. Without intentional leadership, however, these benefits can be lost. This course examines how common diversity paradigms profoundly shape how organizations may approach internal diversity work and why these expectations matter. Students learn to identify, understand, and communicate their own leadership approaches to diversity related organizational change and practice ways to collaborate with others who may hold very different expectations. In the future, whether asked in a job interview or by a journalist profiling their company, students who have taken this class will be better equipped to field questions about these critical dimensions of leadership in the 21st Century.

Student Testimonial:

This was THE BEST class! It was a complete eye-opener. We discussed some of the issues that are so prevalent in our daily lives but we choose to stay quiet and not discuss. Sarah pushes students to think deeper about our own behaviors towards self as well as others. Most of us found ourselves open up so much that by the end of the class, we were always longing for more discussions. The quarter went by too fast but did leave us with lot of learnings.

HeidiCOM 597: Leadership Approaches to Diversity Initiatives in Organizations
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