MBA Diversity & Inclusion Certificate Courses

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GB-6501 Advanced Issues in LGBT Workplace Inclusion 3 credits

This course is designed to enhance working relationships with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and other sexual minorities. The course will examine varying LGBTQ policies in the workplace and how to maximize the impact on workplace culture. This course is structured to present the learner with the essential knowledge base and accompanying skills needed to successfully implement LGBTQ workplace equity by understanding the continuous challenges and roadblocks. Graduate students will study the history, programs and legislation of LGBTQ issues as it relates to corporations and small businesses. Program design will be presented as will its impact upon employees and the process of meeting the emotional and professional needs of LGBTQ employees and allies. This course will require that students apply critical inquiry into the LGBTQ work environment. Case studies and practical application of program specifications will be utilized in the study of this course.

GB-6503 Allies at Work 3 credits

The focus of this course is an investigation and study of the practices of being an ally in the workplace. This course is designed to remove the assumptions and enforcement and/or practice of homophobia and heterosexism in the workplace. The ultimate role of allies is their responsibility in creating a world in which everyone can bring their whole selves to work. This course will focus on ending discrimination and change corporate culture by providing a structure for better analysis, communication, and teamwork. A variety of experiences relating to being an ally and how it is beneficial in the workplace will also be analyzed.

GB-6500 Introduction to LGBT Workplace Inclusion 3 credits

This course is designed to enhance knowledge and understanding around lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other sexual minorities in the workplace. The course will examine varying LGBTQ populations based on the emerging aspects of a diverse society. This course is structured to present the learner with the essential knowledge base and accompanying skills needed to successfully teach working professionals who have connections with topics related to LGBTQ by understanding the relationship of diversity in a professional climate. Additionally, the course is designed to develop the basic skills necessary for changing workplace culture. Graduate students will study the history, programs and legislation of each program as they relate to co-workers and their families who identify as LGBTQ. Program design will be presented as will its impact upon the workplace and the process of meeting the professional and emotional needs of employees and work colleagues. This course will require that students apply critical inquiry into the intersection of LGBTQ and issues in the workplace. Case studies and practical application of program specifications will be utilized in the study of this course.

GB-6502 Transgender Inclusion at Work 3 credits

The focus of this course is an investigation and study of the issues surrounding the transgender population in the workplace. The course includes an examination of the need for support during the transitioning process as well as the need to change corporate culture for those who have transitioned as well as those who identify as transgender but do not intend on transitioning. This course is designed to help students understand the information about the transgender population and the data that has been collected about the lack of equality for transgender individuals. The course will focus on various organizations and campaigns who are involved, directly and indirectly, in making the workplace inclusive to the transgender population. A variety of experiences relating to transgender issues at work and in society will also be analyzed.