Designing a More Diverse and Inclusive Organization

Designing a More Diverse and Inclusive Organization

Organizational Culture • Diversity • Inclusion

Upcoming Course: November 20, 2020

Location: Online

Cost: $650-$1,000

Course Description

In this seminar, we explore some specific ways your organization can move beyond rhetoric and good intentions to action and impactful outcomes. In addition to learning about some of the most relevant research in this area, participants will have the chance to collaborate in small groups to generate practical solutions that address real-world problems.

The growing attention to systemic racism has compelled many organizations to make anti-racist statements and pledges. But the work of building an anti-racist organization does not stop with a public statement. Organizations must also conduct a serious examination of their workplace culture and practices to build more equitable futures. The focus on diversity and inclusion is higher than ever before. But what is the difference between diversity and inclusion and why is achieving inclusion more difficult than achieving diversity?

Research suggests that organizations that have a diverse leadership team tend to perform better compared to those that do not. A key lesson from this research is that diversity and inclusion practices must be more than just “virtue signaling.” Executing diversity and inclusion initiatives effectively deliver creative and financial results.

Seminar participants will have the opportunity to explore these issues in-depth, learn about some of the techniques that work to build more diverse and inclusive organizations, and develop some practical strategies that can be applied by your organization.

Learning Objectives

Drawing from research in fields as varied as sociology, psychology, business, and the arts this seminar explores some of the crucial issues that all organizations must contend with, including:

  • What’s the difference between diversity and inclusion and why the latter is just as hard as the former?
  • Why do most diversity programs fail and what you can do to change that?
  • Why assessing and understanding the racial climate of your organization is crucial to building a better enterprise.
  • What specific changes can you implement to enhance your organization’s diversity and inclusion initiatives?
  • What kinds of community-oriented diversity and inclusion initiatives should your organization invest in?
Details & Registration

Location: Online
Upcoming Program(s): November 20, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 0.6 CEUs will be awarded upon completion of this program (six hours of instruction)

Registration Deadline: November 9, 2020

HDO uses Zoom to conduct online courses. Please test your connection prior to registering.

One-Day Seminar Pricing:

  • Standard Registration: $1,000
  • UT System Staff/Alumni Registration: $650
  • Educator, Nonprofit, Government, Military Registration: $650

If you have questions prior to registering, please see our Professional Training FAQ or contact Miles Husid, HDO’s Marketing Coordinator, at miles.husid@utexas.edu.

Course Leader(s)

S. Craig Watkins is the incoming Ernest S. Sharpe Centennial Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. An internationally recognized expert in media, Watkins is the author of five books exploring young people’s engagement with media and technology. His two most recent books—The Digital Edge and Don’t Knock the Hustle—result from his work with the Connected Learning Research Network, a research collaborative funded by the MacArthur Foundation.

Watkins is the founding director of the Institute for Media Innovation, a new boutique hub for research and design located in the Moody College of Communication. IMI brings together a unique collection of social scientists, media creatives, journalists, and designers to translate research-driven knowledge into critical and creative engagement with a media, tech, and AI-driven world that grows more influential every day.

His work has been profiled in places as varied as The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Newsweek, TIME, ESPN, NPR, and featured at venues like SXSW, The Aspen Institute, and The New York Times Dialogue on Race.

Who Should Participate?

The majority of participants in our Seminars and Certificate Programs are mid- and upper-level professionals working in the business, nonprofit, government, or military sectors; however, professionals at all levels of experience are welcome to participate. There are no prerequisites for enrolling in an HDO Professional Seminar.

While all HDO Seminars are developed with wide-ranging applicability in mind, the following individuals and groups will likely find How to Design a More Diverse and Inclusive Organization most directly relevant to their work:

  • Senior/Executive Leadership
  • Managers and Directors
  • Team Leaders & Supervisors
  • Human Resources/Recruiting Directors & Managers
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officers/Managers/Directors

HDO Seminars prepare me in ways that I didn’t even know were possible. The lessons constantly open my mind to new ways of thinking and interacting with people and my surroundings.

Rachel White, Public Affairs Representative, College of Liberal Arts, the University of Texas at Austin

One-Day Professional Seminars

Our seminars combine cutting-edge research with real-world application to provide practical and immediately relevant tools for solving key organizational problems, ranging from personal motivation and growth to strategic leadership.

Businesses and nonprofits often bring outside specialists on board to improve their organization’s overall efficiency, creativity, and productivity. Participants in our seminars learn to function as “internal consultants,” equipped with new skills and insights to enhance their existing expertise and institutional knowledge.

By exploring specific human, cultural, and communicatory aspects of organizations alongside professionals from a diverse range of industries, participants leave HDO seminars more effective, well-rounded employees.

Two Options to Learn

HDO Professional Seminars may be taken individually or as part of a four-course Certificate Program. This course is part of the Organizational Improvement Certificate Program. 

Courses Led by Top Faculty

“I love the structure of these courses – incredible instructors from various backgrounds, opening minds to consider different solutions to common organizational problems.”

Sarah Gerichten, Director of Marketing, Square Root, Inc.

Registration & Fees

Standard Registration: $1,000
Discounted Registration: $650

Discounted registration is available for UT alumni and staff, as well as individuals who work in the nonprofit, education, government, or military sectors.

Our registration system accepts payment by credit/debit card, check, and purchase order. We also accept Interdepartmental Transfer (IDT) payments for UT Austin faculty and staff.

Transformative Experiences

“As a professional, I don’t always have time for continuing education, and frankly, much of it goes ‘in one ear and out the other.’ HDO seminars are different. Not only do they provide an invigorating and inspiring experience, you learn tangible, applicable, and very relevant tools and techniques to apply to your everyday life. The way I look at the work I do has changed and the impact on my overall effectiveness has been substantial. These seminars give you a new lens through which life and work just make more sense!”

Rachel Fox, Senior IT Manager, Hewlett-Packard (HP)

UT Austin