Diversity Management in Organizations

Online, Self-Directed Program - HRM 505

Schedule: Online, Self-Directed
$799 / CEUs: 2.4

Begin your course on the first Sunday following enrollment.


High-Level Schedule and Milestones

This course consists of 5 weeks of guided learning, each comprising multimedia, interactive modules, curated readings, Monday Discussions, and Saturday Deliverables.

It is expected that you will spend approximately 4-5 hours per week working through these materials and assignments.

Description and Learning Outcomes

This class will introduce you to theoretical and practical ideas about diversity in organizations, increase understanding of the concept of diversity in organizations, reduce discrimination, and increase fairness and equality to employees, applicants, and customers. Diversity in organizations is a broad topic, affected by many issues including historical views of gender roles (e.g., societal norms, socialization), legislation (e.g., marriage, immigration, and employment laws), demographic trends, and other complexities. Many of the issues that have occurred in the past have similar or parallel issues today. We will spend time investigating stereotypes and myths and will use data to help dispel them. 

At times, some of the course material may cause discomfort, nervousness, anger, guilt, or other emotions. This can be a great catalyst for growth and development. Many experiences have helped shape our beliefs, perceptions, biases, stereotypes, prejudices, and fears, and we have all experienced some form of prejudice or bias against us as well. Since nobody knows everything about issues related to diversity, it is expected that you bring an open mind. You will find that learning that we were incorrect about certain assumptions in life can be a very eye-opening experience!

In this course you will be challenged to reflect and grow, and I ask you to be curious and respectful along the way. Keep notes of examples in your workplace of the diversity concepts addressed in this course. Use what you’re learning to help your organization function better and to increase equality, diversity, and inclusion in the organization. If you allow it, you may well learn more interesting and useful information in this course (that will help you both inside and outside of work) than you have in any other class you’ve taken in the past. You will see diversity and diversity issues continually as you begin wearing your diversity hat, becoming attuned to things that have always been present, but which you may have missed in the past. 

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify and explain the commonly studied areas of diversity and discuss their interactions with one another
  • Discuss the legislation and acts that are related to diversity in organizations
  • Explain the historical and current legal and social issues that affect today’s workers and organizations
  • Express the importance of diversity in organizations to all workers
  • Dispel common myths and misperceptions about diversity in organizations

Strategies for Success

Our Strategies for Success course is the first step in your educational journey. This is a one week course that will familiarize you with our online learning system, to ensure when you begin your certificate program you are ready to learn and fully participate.

For more information, please contact a Program Manager today at  EDC@Bryant.edu  or 401-232-6200.