School of Continuing Studies

XCPD-451 Theoretical Foundations of Diversity and Inclusion

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Apr 20—22, 2020
3 days
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 1415
USD 471 per day


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About the course

This course provides critical perspective on the historical, sociological, and scientific factors impacting diversity and inclusion in the U.S. It will differentiate between Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) regulations, Affirmative Action, and Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). The course will track the evolution of the D&I field from the emergence of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement to recent developments in neuroscience that have led to the application of cognition theories such as Emotional Intelligence, Implicit Bias, etc. to D&I work. Students also learn how to begin making the business case for D&I initiatives.

Course Objectives

By the end of course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the historical foundations and its impact on the changing dynamic of diversity and inclusion work today.
  • Explore the complexity of perspectives at play in diversity and inclusion work.
  • Develop a vocabulary for advanced practice in diversity and inclusion field.
  • Start building the business case for D&I initiatives.

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Sukari Pinnock

Sukari is an experienced process consultant and social justice advocate. Sukari Pinnock-Fitts is an Organization Development practitioner, specializing in Group Dynamics, Leadership Development, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Executive Coaching. She is an adjunct professor with the Georget...


Maria Kelts

Maria is currently the Global Director of Inclusion & Diversity for the Estee Lauder Companies. She is a diversity and inclusion practitioner with over 15+ years of management consulting, marketing, business development and executive coaching experience for global organizations including Nike...


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