An Online Short Course

The business case for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace is stronger than ever—and continues to be important as the relationship between diversity and retaining high-quality talent becomes clearer.

The Leading Workplace Diversity online short course uses effective and expert-led management strategies to equip you with a diversity action plan that will promote meaningful change in your organization and facilitate growth and business performance.


April 27, 2022


April 19, 2022


6 Weeks

Course Overview

Making DEI a strategic imperative has the capacity to promote innovation, creativity and empathy in ways that homogeneous work cultures seldom do.1 And yet, due to slow adoption in workplaces, progress remains tepid; inclusion policies cannot change anything unless the work culture changes, too.

In our short course, you will explore

  • diversity as a financial, moral and realistic imperative;
  • the difference between elements of workplace and hiring bias and how these manifest as barriers to diversity;
  • how effective employee selection processes can cultivate diversity and reduce employee attrition.


of organizations are predicted to reap success over the next 12 to 18 months by fostering a sense of belonging in the workforce.2


of employees and job seekers report that diversity in the workforce is important when evaluating companies and employment offers.3

Course Curriculum

Learn to create a diversity-needs analysis and action plan as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course:


Welcome to your
Online Campus


Why diversity matters


Elements of bias


Reducing bias


Attracting a diverse workforce


Enhancing diversity through employee selection


Maintaining diversity by reducing employee attrition

Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the course handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the course.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.

Academic Directors

The design of this online short course is guided by Rice Business professors, as well as industry experts, who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge with you throughout the course.

Dr. Eden King

Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Rice University

Dr. Mikki Hebl

Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Chair of Psychology and Professor of Psychological Sciences and Management, Rice University

Is This Course for You?

This course is applicable to anyone looking to position DEI as a business priority and drive business outcomes with the advancement of diversity initiatives.

With a focus on talent management strategies, the course is especially relevant to human resources and senior managers, training and performance management, and business partners working across a broad spectrum of industries or functional areas.

Directors, managers and leaders who are motivated to create a more diverse work environment will benefit from the practical and interdisciplinary approach.


On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

Insights into how to lead diversity in your workplace with a diversity action plan.

Knowledge of discrimination reduction tactics to overcome workplace bias.

A diversity-needs analysis to promote meaningful organizational change.

Organizational leadership strategies to attract, select and retain diverse talent.

The Online Short Course Experience

The Leading Workplace Diversity online short course will empower you to lead the change you want to see in your work environment with

an easy-to-use virtual classroom called the Online Campus that has everything you need in one place.

a diverse variety of course content formats, including interactive videos, module notes, practice quizzes and assignment briefs.

helpful discussion forums where you can ask questions and interact with your fellow students and teaching team.

Lead Diversity in Your Workplace

Take the next step and create meaningful
change in your organization.

1 The business case for diversity in the workplace is now overwhelming. (2019). World Economic Forum. Retrieved April 29, 2019. arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference
2 Belonging: From comfort to connection to contribution. (2020) Deloitte. Retrieved May 2020. arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference
3 Diversity and Inclusion Workplace Survey. (2020). Glassdoor. Retrieved September 2020. arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference