Course Description

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Building Basic Competency will help professionals develop skills for working effectively in a diverse setting. It will benefit managers and employees alike, providing education on basic concepts around cultural difference, biases and their impact on workplace structures, and how to evaluate and improve the workplace climate. Participants will learn how to think strategically about their own workplace challenges and share their insights. The program is designed for professionals who want to improve their effectiveness in a diverse setting and those who have struggled to manage teams with diverse backgrounds. The program will be taught by leading subject matter faculty and expert diversity, equity and inclusion consultants. The format will include extensive peer-to-peer exchanges.


Course Outline

The series includes the following sessions, delivered across three mornings:

Session 1: Cultural Humility and Allyship
Session 2: Climate Matters
Session 3: Uncovering and Responding to Bias

All sessions held online via Zoom.


Learner Outcomes

  • Understand basic concepts around cultural difference, biases and their impact on workplace structure.
  • Develop skills for working effectively in a diverse setting.
  • Evaluate and improve the workplace climate.
  • Build a healthy workplace culture.
  • Gain an understanding of key ideas around bias and its operation on individual and systemic levels.



"Building Basic Competency helped me think through re-evaluating my own behaviors and how to approach those that are not fully ready to engage in the DEI work."
-Participant, Fall 2021

"This series helped me consider where to start in building our DEI strategy and our readiness."
-Participant, Fall 2021

"I found all the subjects covered to be informative and useful to me in my professional and personal lives."
-Participant, Fall 2021

"We are undertaking a DEI Initiative organizationally, so these concepts are helpful as we work to educate our workforce and build their awareness."
-Participant, Fall 2021



This series is offered approximately 4 times a year: once each quarter, with series alternating between in-person and online delivery.

If you have a larger group you'd like to attend as part of an organization you are a member of or through your workplace, we can always arrange custom in-house versions of our open enrollment courses. Contact Center for Executive Education Associate Director Gregory Maughan for more information: gregory.maughan@temple.edu or 215-204-3990.


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