Most organizations have accepted diversity as necessary for a thriving workplace, but without the full integration and operationalization of an inclusion framework that fosters respect and belonging, these efforts often disappoint.
The UBC Award of Achievement in Diversity and Inclusion is a part-time program designed for people who are committed to building environments where everyone’s thoughts, ideas and perspectives matter. Learn how to build inclusive practices within organizational or community settings by examining who you and your organization are, where you’ve been and where you want to go.
- Program Format: Can be completed 100% online
- Duration: Complete 120 hours of course work in approximately 6-12 months, or take up to two years. Requires completion of one required course and two elective courses.
- 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 provides a safe space for participants to examine diversity efforts, and build and implement inclusive practices that foster belonging in organizational and community settings.
The selected courses focus on the applications of intercultural and diversity concepts and build your repertoire of strategies for supporting movement from performative diversity to actionable inclusion, with the goal of enhancing creativity, innovation and success in the workplace and beyond.
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:
- 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.
Use this table to easily compare all of our equity, diversity and inclusion programs.
Who is This Program For?
You may have lived experience as a member of a marginalized community or you may be an ally hoping to engage in socially just and inclusive change within organizations. Most importantly, this program is for you if you recognize that diversity and inclusion work is ongoing and difficult, and that it requires critical examination of power and privilege in ourselves, our work environments and society.
You might be a:
- manager, executive or leader
- human resource practitioner
- organizational development specialist
- health care and community service professionals
- educator, administrator, or student service personnel
- community development worker.
This part-time program consists of one required and two elective courses, totalling 120 hours of course work.
Depending on which elective courses and options you choose, you can complete this program 100% online. Some courses offer real-time, virtual classes or in-person learning.
Courses are facilitated by educators, practitioners and experts, and have a start and end date. You progress through the course with the same group of students. All of the courses are open for registration to anyone at any time.
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.
To participate in the UBC Award of Achievement in Diversity and Inclusion, and for the best experience we recommend you have:
- an email account
- a computer, laptop or tablet using Windows or macOS
- the latest version of a web browser (or previous major version release)
- a reliable internet connection
You should also have the technology to watch videos, listen to audio, and download and read PDF files.
For live virtual classes, you'll also need access to:
- a video camera and microphone
One week before the start of the course, we'll email you step-by-step instructions for accessing your course.
Designed and taught by professionals with lived experience and committed allies, the curriculum reflects the voices and perspectives of members of equity-deserving communities.
Our curriculum blends your experience with our concepts, theories and methods to translate aspirational diversity into an ongoing commitment to build and implement a robust organizational framework that prioritizes inclusion. Broaden your understanding of diversity and inclusion principles, and hone in your ability to work cross-culturally, by examining specific cases, analyzing your own experiences and collaborating with fellow participants and facilitators.
To complete the program, you must take the required course listed here, and two elective courses, for a total of approximately 120 hours of course work.
|Courses||Required or Elective||Format||Course Hours||Next Offering||View|
|Strategies for Effective Intercultural Communication (MC501)||Required||Online||40||Sep 8-Oct 21, 2022||More|
|Engaging Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations (MC609)||Elective||Online||40||Oct 13-Dec 2, 2022||More|
|Identity and Intergroup Relations (MC601)||Elective||Online||40||Feb 23-Apr 7, 2023||More|
|Leadership in Intercultural Contexts (MC608)||Elective||Online||40||Jun 2-Jul 15, 2022||More|
|Thriving in Diverse Teams (MC604)||Elective||Online||40||Sep 15-Nov 4, 2022||More|
|Transforming Intercultural Conflict (MC603)||Elective||Online||40||Mar 16-Apr 28, 2023||More|
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.
Courses in the UBC Award of Achievement in Diversity and Inclusion are taught by experienced educators, coaches and industry experts.
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, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 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.