Centre for Equitable Systems Design

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Group of students chatting to another student in a wheelchair.

UBC Extended Learning Centre for Equitable Systems Design is situated on the traditional, unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples. These lands have always been a place of learning for Indigenous people, who for millennia have passed on their culture, history and traditions from one generation to the next on this site. Through our programs and courses, we commit to the ongoing reflection and actions required to decolonize our organizational systems and practices.

The UBC Extended Learning Centre for Equitable Systems Design (CESD) can help individuals and organizations transform their equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) goals into action. We offer unique, robust, laddered educational packages for individuals and organizations who are committed to anti-racism and EDI.

Our offerings

Online courses in equity, diversity and inclusion, anti-racism and intercultural studies.

Certificates & Micro-certificates 
Online certificates and micro-certificates in anti-racism, intercultural studies and equity, diversity and inclusion.

Associateship program 
An associateship in EDI which is an experiential learning leadership program for graduates of the above online programs.

Equitable Systems Design program 
The Equitable Systems Design for Organizations program is an applied and participatory program to implement EDI strategies within workplaces.



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Equitable Systems Design for individual learners

Whether you are in the early stages of your EDI journey, continuing to deepen your commitment to anti-racism, justice, equity, diversity and inclusion or are a seasoned professional with practical EDI experience looking to address systems change within organizations, the CESD offers an array of facilitator supported online courses and programs.

  • Certificate programs in equity, diversity and inclusion and intercultural studies
  • Online micro-certificate programs in anti-racism, diversity and inclusion
  • Equitable Systems Design Associates Program for graduates and alumni of the above certificate and micro-certificate programs
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Equitable Systems Design for organizations

Are you wanting to build capacity around anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace?

Our educational packages empower organizations by helping to build capacity in a range of areas, including diverse customer and employee engagement, accessibility, building relevant and meaningful training opportunities, conflict transformation, navigating human rights issues and implementing equitable hiring and retention practices.

How can we help?

We’re here to answer your questions, discuss learning options and provide insights, recommendations and referrals.  

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