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Leading with Equity & Inclusion: Organizational & Structural/Systemic


Units: 3


Fall Semester 2021

November 7 |9:30 am – 3:30 pm | in person

November 21 | 9:30 am – 3:30 pm |virtual

*students will be required to attend (or view recording of) virtual guest presentation between the class sessions


Course Description:

Many talented and otherwise successful leaders lack the skills, competencies, and experience to practically embed their deeply held values of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into their management practice. DEI work requires a different approach and process than most other ways we learn to work, manage, and lead. Oppression manifests at four levels: personal, interpersonal, organizational, and structural or systemic. To create a more equitable society, leaders must be prepared to address oppression at all four of these levels, often simultaneously. Part 2 of Leading with Equity & Inclusion will focus on the last two levels, organizational and structural/systemic, as you are introduced to tools, processes, and best practices for developing a culture of inclusion at all levels of your organization. Beginning with foundational knowledge of the evolution and current trends of DEI in nonprofits, you will practice evaluating an organization’s current culture, policies, and practices with an equity lens. You will prepare to champion and/or lead organizational change to center equity and be an anti-racist organization.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this micro-course you will…

  • Understand and be prepared to articulate to others why leaders should care about and center equity.
  • Be introduced to data about the racial leadership gap and the audiences served and left out of the social welfare market in order to build a sustainability case for centering equity and inclusion.
  • Develop shared foundational language to understand and articulate what words such as diversity, equity, and inclusion (among others) mean in general, for nonprofits, and specifically for you.
  • Gain a working understanding of the DEI field, visions for the future, the ecosystem of equity work, and how to determine what kind of consultant you may want to work with and/or program you want to participate in.
  • Practice reviewing and conducting an equity audit of an organization, department, or project.
  • Understand the Race Equity Cycle in organizations, using Race Equity Cycle levers to practice identifying where in the cycle different organizations may be and recommend next steps for moving along the cycle.
  • Explore and practice using tools to review specific policies and practices with an equity lens and identify opportunities for revision.
  • Be introduced to equitable evaluation practices such as how to measure progress on your organizational DEI work and how to embed your DEI values in how you collect and analyze data.



Assignments will include:

  • Pre-readings and videos
  • Worksheets to practice reviewing policies and practices
  • Sample equity audit with recommendations for improvement