Diversity in the workplace may signify the existence of different perspectives, ideas and approaches, but it takes a culture of inclusion for these differences to lead to enhanced creativity, innovation and successful outcomes.
The UBC Award of Achievement in Diversity and Inclusion is a part-time program designed for people seeking to build inclusive practices within organizational or community settings.
- Program Format: Can be completed 100% online
- Duration: Complete one required and two elective courses, totalling 120 hours
- Cost: From $3,175 to $3,925, including a non-refundable application fee
- Applications accepted any time
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The UBC Award of Achievement in Diversity and Inclusion enables you to build inclusive practices within your team and community. The selected courses focus on domestic applications of intercultural and diversity concepts and build your repertoire of strategies for supporting movement from diversity to inclusion in your work.
For those looking for a more comprehensive program, see the UBC Certificate in Intercultural Studies. You have the option to transfer completed courses from the UBC Award of Achievement in Diversity and Inclusion toward the certificate.
The UBC Award of Achievement in Diversity and Inclusion offers:
- fully online or blended courses designed for working professionals, to be completed at your own pace
- a focus on concepts, tools, strategies and skills to support an engagement of diversity and strategies to build inclusive practices
- content that can be applied to your own contexts and assignments that build on your expertise
- an online format that is accessible globally; benefit from discussions with others from around the world
- an experienced instructional team of diversity and inclusion practitioners.
Who It's For
This program appeals to those interested in moving their organizations from diversity to inclusion, including:
- executives, managers and leaders
- human resource practitioners
- organizational development specialists
- health care and community service professionals
- educators, administrators, and student service personnel
- community development workers.
|UBC Award of Achievement in Intercultural Communication||UBC Award of Achievement in Diversity and Inclusion||UBC Certificate in Intercultural Studies|
|Who should take this program?||A. If you are interested in core concepts and strategies for developing intercultural communication skills.||B. If you are interested in learning how to move workplaces and teams from being diverse to being strong and inclusive organizations and communities.||The certificate is a more comprehensive program for you, if you are interested in covering both A and B.|
|Number of courses||3||3||5|
|Format||100% online or blended||100% online or blended||100% online or blended|
Our curriculum blends your experience with our concepts, theories and methods to increase your ability to work cross-culturally. You examine specific cases, analyze your own experiences and collaborate with fellow participants as well as online facilitators to reach a higher level of competency in working with people from diverse backgrounds.
This part-time program can be completed 100% online depending on the electives chosen. It consists of one required and two elective courses, totalling 120 hours. Courses are either 100% online, in-class or a mixture of both (in-class workshops with online seminars). The length of each course varies from four to seven weeks, except Training for Intercultural and Diversity Trainers, which is two weeks online and three days in-class.
Hours and Expectations
For each course, be prepared to spend approximately seven hours per week completing learning activities, including readings, assignments, posting and responding to online group discussions, and other projects. You are required to log in to your course at least every other day. We strongly recommend taking only one course at a time if you are working or studying full-time.
In order to participate in the UBC Certificate in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, you will need to have access to a computer, an email account and the internet with an up-to-date web browser.
The curriculum highlights current concepts and strategies for creating inclusive organizations that fully engage diversity. Assignments are designed so that you can apply what you learn in class to specific cases and situations from your own professional or personal life.
You should be prepared to spend five to seven hours per week completing learning activities, which include readings, assignments, asynchronous group discussions, and other projects. For courses with an online component, you are required to log in to the course website at least every other day.
If you decide to work toward the UBC Certificate in Intercultural Studies, you have the option to transfer completed courses from the UBC Award of Achievement in Diversity and Inclusion toward the certificate.
The following required course is the prerequisite for all elective courses:
|Required Courses||Format(s)||Next Offering||More|
|Strategies for Effective Intercultural Communication (MC501)||Online||
Jan 13-Feb 25, 2022
Two of the following elective courses must be taken to complete the UBC Award of Achievement in Diversity and Inclusion.
|Elective Courses||Format(s)||Next Offering||More|
|Engaging Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations (MC609)||Online||
Oct 28-Dec 17, 2021
|Identity and Intergroup Relations (MC601)||Online||
Feb 24-Apr 8, 2022
|Leadership in Intercultural Contexts (MC608)||Online||
Jun 2-Jul 15, 2022
|Thriving in Diverse Teams (MC604)||Online||
Jan 20-Mar 11, 2022
|Training for Intercultural, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Trainers (MC607)||Blended||
|Transforming Intercultural Conflict (MC603)||Online||
Mar 17-Apr 29, 2022
How Am I Assessed?
Courses are graded as complete/incomplete. You’re evaluated based on standards and competencies established by facilitators, program administrators and an advisory board. At the end of each course, we notify you if you successfully met the requirements for the course.
Total program costs are paid on a course-by-course basis as follows:
- $175 non-refundable application fee (paid at time of application)
- $1,050 per prerequisite and elective course
- $1,110 Leadership in Intercultural Contexts
- $1,590 Training for Intercultural and Diversity Trainers (includes two hours of follow-up coaching or support).
Save $50 per course if you register prior to the earlybird deadline.
All fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change. Fees may be paid by Visa®, Mastercard®, cash, money order or certified cheque.
Course fees include all course materials.
The admissions process helps to ensure that the needs, intentions and expectations of participants are adequately matched to the program's objectives and capabilities.
To accommodate learners from a variety of backgrounds, the admission requirements for the UBC Award of Achievement in Diversity and Inclusion are fairly broad. However, all applicants must have the following:
- at least six months of international or intercultural volunteer or work experience
- post-secondary education and/or extensive life experience
- fluency in the English language, including good written and verbal communication skills
- the academic, interpersonal and communication skills to support active participation in this dynamic program
- at least five to seven hours a week to spend on a course
- minimum technology requirements as outlined in the program format section.
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. You should apply at least three weeks in advance of beginning the UBC Award of Achievement in Diversity and Inclusion. It is recommended, however, that you apply much earlier as required courses tend to fill up quickly.
You must apply and be accepted into the program before registering for courses. To discuss eligibility, prior experience and program relevance, please contact us.
Complete the following steps to submit your application:
- Pay the CAD$175 non-refundable application fee. Please note the invoice number found on the fee receipt as you will need it for the application form.
- Complete the online application form. You will need to include a letter of intent (max. 500 words). This should include personal and/or career goals, interests and program expectations.