Leading Equity, Diversity & Inclusivity (EDI)

  • Organizations that manifest a culture of acknowledging diversity, and commitment to principles of equity and practices of inclusion, thrive in today’s world.  As prior research has shown, this culture of commitment fuels employee engagement as well as employee creativity and innovation. Critically, today’s business and society at large require organizations to be responsive to social justice calls and create equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace and business practices. As such, organizations and their leaders are in a unique position to be a driver of this social change and consequently contribute to a better workplace. However, significant disagreement continues to exist regarding how to best generate such environments and how individuals can serve as true allies to traditionally under-represented groups.

    Beyond the business case, the moral argument for developing diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces has gained greater salience within organizations and in civil society more generally.  The aim of the specialization in Leading Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive Organizations is to create graduates that have the mindset, the vocabulary, and the skills that are needed to build organizational cultures and develop workplace policies that manifest a steadfast commitment to principles of equity and practices of community building.

  • Associate Professor, Ruodan Shao, Area Coordinator
    Associate Professor, Ruodan Shao, Area Coordinator

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Students must complete 12.00 credits total, consisting of:

  • 6.00 credits of required courses
  • 6.00 credits of elective courses

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Faculty members teaching in the Leading Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive Organizations specialization represent a broad range of backgrounds, interests and accomplishments in a field whose centrality to effective management practice and organizational effectiveness is increasingly recognized. Faculty members have attained a strong national and international reputation through scholarly and business publications and through their teaching expertise.

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  • Graduates with this specialization will gain competencies in understanding EDI and will be able to: 1)  Explain how issues of personal identity, privilege, and bias shape employee’s experiences and influence organizational effectiveness, 2)  Understand how to shape equity, diversity, and inclusion policies and practices in ways that overcome resistance and build more effective organizations, and 3) Understand the role of organizations in creating and promoting more equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplaces and thus benefit both organizations and broader society.

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    Your career is top priority at Schulich. To make career decisions that are right for you, the CCD will help you identify strengths, determine career objectives, develop career plans, hone skills for career management and put your professional development plan into action.

    - Our highly experienced CCD Advisors bring a unique combination of first-hand knowledge, experience and diverse perspectives in a wide variety of businesses and industry sectors.

    - Take advantage of a series of proven career-building modules, including up-to-date Job Search Techniques, Self-Assessment, Resume and Cover Letter Writing, and Interview Skills to help you stand out from the competition.

    - Corporate Information Sessions offer you an opportunity to meet top level recruiters, alumni and executives.

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