#BU-04-47 Understanding Diversity and Inclusion

  • Categories Business
  • Duration 12h
  • Total Enrolled 8
  • Last Update September 30, 2020

About Course

Purdue University


Learn how to create a more inclusive world

Many things contribute to an individual’s identity, including race, ethnicity, gender, age, appearance, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, education, and political beliefs. These things, and more, are what make each of us different. So how can we learn to embrace these differences, and celebrate them? Or to put it in a different way – how can we explore and welcome diversity?

This course will help you develop your knowledge and understanding of diversity, equipping you to create more inclusive and open environments that are welcome to all.

What topics will you cover?

  • Phases of diversity dexterity
  • Attitudes, skills, and knowledge supporting diversity
  • Unconscious biases
  • Ethnocentric and ethno-relative mindsets
  • Elements of diversity and inclusion

Who will you learn with?

Charles A. Calahan

I teach at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA and facilitate the intercultural development of faculty, staff and students. I am a member of the Purdue University Teaching Academy.



Who developed the course?

Purdue logo

One of the four best public universities in the US, Purdue delivers an engaging learning experience and a world-class degree.

What Will I Learn?

  • Describe stages of diversity dexterity
  • Explore attitudes, skills, and knowledge supporting diversity
  • Evaluate unconscious biases
  • Investigate ethnocentric and ethno-relative mindsets
  • Engage elements of inclusion

Topics for this course

12 Lessons12h

Defining diversity?

How would you define diversity? Does your definition rest on internal, permanent, and visual dimensions? Does your definition include acquired dimensions that change over time?
Defining comfortable diversity
Uncomfortable diversity

Constructing the meanings of differences?

Many of us begin the process of perceiving, understanding, and making sense of diversity from a specific developmental mindset. This may hinder or help us in understanding that each individual is unique.

Tools to manage diversity?

There are specific attitudes, skills, and knowledge that assist us to process and manage differences in others. We will learn about six specific constructs to help us improve how we work with diverse others.

Student Feedback


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I appreciated the structure of the course and it has given me more confidence to go further into my development within this field.

For work cultures to be successful, Managers must broaden their perspective so they SEE EVERYONE AS DIVERSE and important to be included.

It was great for reinforcing what I already knew and understood to be Inclusion, Equality, and Diversity.

Great information and breakdown of topics for beginners.


Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • This course is for anyone looking to improve their attitude, skills, and knowledge for effective work with different people. You might be a student preparing for the world of work, or a HR worker or corporate trainer, or you could be a professional working in marketing. You don’t need any prior experience.