Diversity Consciousness: Building a More Equitable Workplace


Workplace DEI training is essential for creating an equitable and inclusive working environment and can help address disparities and prevent discrimination on the job. Designed for DEI officers, HR professionals and supervisors, this foundational course examines where and how biases in our practices and policies hinder our efforts for a more inclusive and equitable workplace. Taught and developed by DEI experts from UC Davis—ranked 35th by Forbes among America’s Best Employers for Diversity—this course introduces diversity, equity and inclusion as frameworks for cultivating inclusive workplaces and how DEI concepts can inform practices and policies that promote diversity in action. Through case studies, group discussions and reflective exercises, you’ll explore theories, models and research that increase your understanding of DEI, including bias and mitigating the impact of bias in workplace practice and learn relevant laws supporting diversity in the workplace and anti-discrimination policies. By the end of this course, you’ll have a greater understanding of bias and microaggressions, intercultural communication and inclusive language, and how to manage conflicts.

Learning Outcomes

  • Use skills in communicating about diversity, equity and inclusion through exploration of language, models and theories
  • Develop critical thinking to understand bias and cross-cultural issues in the workplace
  • Implement strategies in integrating DEI that shape workplace culture
  • Improve skills in navigating conflict related to complex issues involving diversity in the workplace
  • Demonstrate a greater understanding of the following topics:
    • DEI as a framework for cultivating inclusion in the workplace
    • Understanding bias in the personal and professional domains
    • Understanding microaggressions
  • Intercultural communication/inclusive language
  • Conflict management

Skills You'll Gain

  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Conflict management
  • Perspective taking and empathy
  • Navigating diversity issues
  • Leadership in DEI
  • How to utilize DEI as a framework
Section Number
Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

Diversity Consciousness: Building a More Inclusive Workplace will meet for five class sessions over Zoom on Wednesdays, 9:00 am -12:00 pm PT, April 10 -  May 8, 2024. 
Students will receive an email with login information to access the course one buinsess day before the class starts. 
Students are expected to participate in Zoom class meetings with working video and audio. Students can check their Zoom readiness by visiting https://zoom.us/test


Enrollment Policies

Click here or visit https://cpe.ucdavis.edu/student-services/withdrawals-refunds-and-transfers to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.

Refund deadline: April, 3, 2024. Refunds and/or enrollment transfers will not be approved after this date.


Early Enroll Discount

Enroll 14 days before the course start date to save $50 on the course fee.

Info Session Discount

Attendees of UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Information Sessions may be eligible for $100 discount on a class by entering the Coupon Code provided at the Information Session.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office, at (800) 752-0881, if you have questions about this discount.