Designing Diverse and Inclusive Teams

Leaders are beginning to recognize that diversity is a topic that can’t be ignored. Diverse, inclusive, and equitable work environments have been shown to: enhance worker productivity; spark creativity and innovation; and improve performance. Yet, diversity and inclusion (“D&I”) is often very hard to tackle and talk about. Because of the complexity of designing and leading D&I teams, organizations need employees and leaders with a complex understanding and high-quality training, which this course provides. To become a better leader and help your organization address D&I topics, you’ll learn to think critically about D&I from personal, communication, organizational, and leadership views.

This course consists of four parts:

  1. Part 1 introduces D&I, including how to understand and discuss it. We’ll overview: why D&I matters, various D&I topics, D&I strategies that work and don’t work, and how to build dialogue around hot topics surrounding D&I.
  2. Part 2 focuses on “knowing thyself,” or how our beliefs affect how we lead and manage. We’ll learn how we can challenge our own thinking to be better leaders.
  3. Part 3 covers “knowing others,” or how to extend D&I strategies to others and build dialogue within groups and teams.
  4. Part 4 will apply what we’ve covered to your own teams, including strategies and examples of how to design, manage, and lead diverse and inclusive groups.

This one-day course will be taught by Dr. Elizabeth Dickinson, Clinical Associate Professor of Management and Corporate Communication, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Designing Diverse and Inclusive Teams will be held again in June 2020. 

Local Government Federal Credit Union offers scholarships to local government employees to apply toward tuition for conferences, classes, and seminars offered by the School of Government. There are four deadlines to submit applications:

  • March 1 (for courses starting between April 1 and June 30)
  • June 1 (for courses starting between July 1 and September 30)
  • September 1 (for courses starting between October 1 and December 31)
  • December 1 (for courses starting between January 1 and March 31)
There currently are no scheduled offerings of this course.

Take a look at the last offering's agenda to know what to expect for the next offering.

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Dale Zuckert

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For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Jessica Khan

Program Manager, Leadership Group
Lydian Altman
Senior Manager of Leadership Curriculum Development