10 free online courses on diversity, equity, and inclusion to sign up for right now that will make you a better leader

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Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) have been buzzwords in business for years, with few results. That is, until the summer of 2020 when the killing of George Floyd and a pandemic awoke leaders to massive racial injustice.

Companies have been hiring executives to lead the charge on DEI. Leaders are making huge financial commitments to empower Black and Hispanic communities.

If you’re a leader, manager, or a worker with goal of becoming a manager, it’s important to know how to navigate a diverse workforce and be an inclusive person. Insider combed through several popular learning websites to find several free courses on diversity, equity, and inclusion that can help make you a better leader.

Editor’s note: This is an updated version of an article originally published in October 2020.

Managing a diverse team
DEI course 6
Instructor Vanessa Womack is a co-author of ‘The Female CEO’ and the founder of Vanessa Womack consulting group. Linkedin Learning
Institution: Linkedin Learning  

Duration: 1 day 

Time commitment: 1 hour 20 minutes  

This introductory class is a great primer for managers with diverse teams. Students learn how to implement an open-door policy that encourages communication, how to work with multigenerational teams, how to identify negative behaviors that could derail your team, and using coaching tools to work with your direct reports. 

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Foundations of diversity and inclusion
DEI course
Laura Morgan Roberts is a professor at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. UVA
Institution: University of Virginia 

Duration: 2 weeks   

Time commitment: 8 hours   

This course explains how power and privilege play out in organizations, how companies can turn Black Lives Matter calls for action into new policies, how to have difficult conversations around race and power at work, and how to begin to root out bias in hiring practices. 

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Diversity and inclusion in the workplace
DEI course 1
Junko Takagi is the diversity and leadership chair at the School of Business. ESSEC
Institution: ESSEC Business School

Duration: 4 weeks 

Time commitment: 8 hours  

This course starts with an overview of key diversity concepts, like LGBTQ issues in the workplace, disability inclusion, and how to avoid ageism and sexism in the workplace. Learners then begin to look at their own thought processes to examine their own bias and prejudice, to be a better leader. The course also includes a number of case studies around specific issues in certain countries, like LGBTQ issues in India, and ageism in the US. 

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Gender and sexuality: Diversity and inclusion in the workplace
DEI course 3
Susan Marine is an assistant professor and program director of the higher education master’s program at Merrimack College. University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh 

Duration: 4 weeks 

Time commitment: 15 hours   

This class gives students an overview of gender and sexuality issues in the workplace. It starts with clear explanations on the differences between sex, gender, and sexuality, explains key terms, and includes quizzes. Students learn common examples of gender and sex stereotyping and discrimination, in order to avoid them, as well as a section on how to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. 

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Diversity for dummies: making multiculturalism work
DEI course 4
Warren Chalklen is a diversity, equity, and inclusion online educator and the author of ‘Reconsidering Roots.’ Udemy
Institution: Udemy  

Duration: 2-3 days  

Time commitment: 2 hours

This course explores the benefits of diversity in an organization, how to develop an action plan to better incorporate diversity into your company, and anti-bias training in several key areas like race and ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, and religion. 

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Diversity, inclusion, and belonging
DEI course 5
Pat Wadors is the chief talent officer at ServiceNow, an American software company. Linkedin Learning
Institution: Linkedin Learning 

Duration: 1 day  

Time commitment: 47 minutes 

This course offers practical tips for engaging and retaining diverse talent, how to listen to your employees when issues arise, and how to encourage others at your organization to embrace a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

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Understanding diversity and inclusion
Charles Calahan
The course is taught by Charles Calahan, assistant director of global learning development at Purdue University. Future Learn
Institution: Purdue University

Duration: 3 weeks 

Time commitment: 3 hours per week 

The class focuses on unconscious bias, how to recognize harmful thought patterns as it relates to diversity, the different types of diversity that exist, and how to have an accepting mindset. 

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Unconscious Bias
Linkedin Learning
Stacey A. Gordon is a diversity, inclusion, and career strategist and the CEO of Rework Work. LinkedIn Learning
Institution: Linkedin Learning  

Duration: 1 day 

Time commitment: 24 minutes  

In this short class, you’ll learn how to recognize and acknowledge your own biases to prevent yourself from making unfair decisis ons. The instructor explains some of the most common forms that a bias takes: affinity bias, halo bias, perception bias, and confirmation bias.

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Understanding Diversity and Inclusion
A screenshot of a Purdue University DEI course
Institution: Purdue University via FutureLearn

Duration: 3 weeks 

Time commitment: 3 hours per week   

This course seeks to answer the questions: “How can we learn to embrace differences and celebrate them?” and “How can we explore and welcome diversity?” The course goes over the different types of diversity that exist (from gender to neurodiversity), unconcious bias and affinity bias, how to have difficult conversations around privelage, and how to be a more accepting leader. 

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Culture-Driven Team Building
University of Pennsylvania
The class is taught by Greg Urban, a professor of anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Facebook/University of Pennsylvania
Institution: The University of Pennsylvania via Coursera 

Duration: 6 months  

Time commitment: 3 hours per week   

This class is split into five-part series that includes lectures on how to lead a diverse team, manage conflict, and create a team culture of continuous learning. In addition, students will learn how to build their own emotional intelligence, a key to inclusive leadership

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