Course Description

Conscious inclusion begins with empathy, emotional awareness, and strategy. Participants of this certificate program explore how personal thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors allows us to value, leverage and celebrate the differences of all. Participants learn how to build a culture intentionally and consciously where everyone feels included. This involves Emotional Intelligence, relationship management and personal accountability.

Skills You’ll Learn: 

  • Identification of inclusionary principles
  • Understanding of cultural competence
  • Create high-trust environment
  • Understanding of psychological safety
  • Identify inequities within the organizational systems, structures and people
  • How to deepen self-awareness and empathy
  • How to lead with courage and vulnerability
  • Alignment of intentions and Impact

Key Concepts Covered Include:

  • 5 Ways Leaders Drive DEIA in Your Organization

    • Having the right leader that will use their voice, authority and position to ensure success is critical. An executive sponsor will have knowledge of DEIA (and desire) and understand how it aligns to the overall strategy of the business and can make effective decisions and influence executive buy-in. Moreover, they will have the desire.
  • Training your brain for inclusion and belonging:

    • Our biases are the result of our brain operating in efficiency mode. You’ll learn about the operations of the 2 systems of the brain and how our fast brain, which we operate in 90%+ of the time is intuitive and reactionary. You’ll learn how to move into using your slow brain, which is more intentional and questioning of our thoughts and beliefs about others.
  • Emotional Intelligence, relationship management and personal accountability:

    • ‘Diversity is a reality, but Inclusion is a choice’. Emotional Intelligence provides relationship management skills to make an inclusive culture a reality. Research has proven that Emotional Intelligence is a predictor for multicultural competence. The foundational ingredient in the recipe for inclusion is emotionally intelligent leaders and teams. We will explore and help leaders develop their social and emotional intelligence and understand it’s impact on creating an environment where a sense of belonging thrives..
  • Conscious Leadership Competencies

    • Conscious leadership is the practice of being more aware as a leader which will have a positive effect on the people you lead and their ability to accept, celebrate and thrive in a culture of inclusion and belonging. We’ll explore 7 leadership competencies that encourage a culture of belonging and psychological safety. During this program you will be introduced to more consciously inclusive, motivating, and beneficial habits.
  • Steps to build a culture of appreciation, respect and gratitude

    • Culture is a force multiplier for the outcomes that matter most to you — and when properly harnessed, it becomes a powerful differentiator for your organization. In this program you will learn how to conduct a comprehensive culture audit and look for the opportunities to improve your current culture and how to track culture progressions.
  • Igniting and Leading Change Efforts

    • Changing or enhancing the culture of an organization represents change. Especially if you’re wanting people to shift their mindsets, their processes or the policies or programs within your organization or community. In this course we explore 7 actions consciously inclusive leaders take when introducing or driving DEI to help make it stick. We use and learn from the stories of transformational change leaders throughout history to highlight the tenets of change. To drive and sustain any effort, INTENTION in your leadership and communication is needed to drive transformative change.
  • Managing conflict with restorative justice

    • While restorative justice originated within the criminal justice system, the underlying philosophies and values (rooted in care and respect of humanity) can help shape inclusive workplace. The principles focus on conflict and repairing harm through meaningful accountability and centers on:
      • Collaborative decision-making processes that build trust and encourage employee engagement.
      • The needs of those harmed or in conflict, to help build positive connections and understanding.
      • Create personal integrity and responsibility for our individual actions and their impact.
  • Enhancing your mindset and reframing negative thoughts

    • The way we think, feel and behave are linked and continuously impact our actions. However, sometimes we develop negative patterns of thoughts or behaviors that are unhelpful. And because these can affect how we view and interact with others, wit’s important that we identify when we are in this cycle and realize that we can STOP and change our thoughts and perspectives. In this program we will understand how to shift our thinking process and improve our mental health by doing so.
  • Inclusive communication and collaboration tools and techniques (self guided)

    • We may not always be aware of the potential negative implications, or barriers, that our communication may present. As a leader, your communication should not exclude anyone, either intentionally or unintentionally and it’s important to focus not only on our intent, but also our impact.
      Promoting inclusive communication is also understanding and acknowledging the needs of different communication preferences and needs – all of which should be respected and utilized.

Certificate Requirements:

  • Certificate courses must be completed within 1 year of enroll
  • Completing all required modules is mandatory during the outlined timeframe to be eligible to receive a certificate of completion.
  • Knowledge check completion at 75%+ is required to pass each module.

Professional Development Credits:

  • Certified by SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management)
  • 7 PDC’s

Who Should Enroll

Intermediate Level

Recommended to have at least 2 years of DEI experience
Understanding of the impact of inequitable systems
For experienced practitioners

Course Length & Effort

2 weeks (10 hours to complete)

7 hours of coursework
2 hours to complete worksheets
1 hours of research & activities

Course Format

Flexible Schedule

On demand modules
Take when you’re ready to learn