We respectfully acknowledge that the UBC Certificate in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) is an initiative out of UBC Extended Learning, Vancouver which is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. Through this program, we commit to supporting learners to develop skills and strategies to collaborate across racial differences to co-create justice-centered, anti-racist, equitable, and inclusive communities and workplaces. The program amplifies and centers the voices, lived experiences and perspectives of Indigenous, Black and People of Colour.
The pervasive and systemic nature of racism, violence and injustice toward Indigenous, Black and People of Colour in Canada and around the world is engrained in the very building blocks of our societies. While our organizations and communities readily recognize the economic benefits of diversity and inclusion, there are many gaps when it comes to addressing issues of inequities, racism and injustice.
This part-time career development program offers you pathways to move away from optics and performative allyship, to effective and transformative action. Develop strategies to collaborate across racial differences, dismantle systemic barriers, and co-create equitable, inclusive and safe workplaces.
- Program Format: Can be completed 100% online
- Duration: Take up to three years to complete 175 hours of course work
- Cost: Starts at $4,478. Total cost varies by the courses you choose to complete the certificate.
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Develop an equity and anti-racism lens and gain practical strategies, skills and tools to dismantle systemic and organizational barriers to equity and inclusion.
As you work toward establishing change and transformation in your organization, this program supports you in:
- addressing issues of inequities, racism and injustice
- recognizing the impact of white supremacy, power and privilege
- developing an in-depth awareness of how these issues manifest in organizational policies, processes and culture.
Graduate with confidence and increased understanding to establish respectful, equitable and mutually productive relationships in organizational settings.
Who is This Program For?
The program is designed for both employers and employees who want to work effectively to transform their workplaces to be more equitable, safe and inclusive for all.
Consider this comprehensive program if you’re interested in:
- developing equity and anti-racism strategies for your workplace
- learning how to move workplaces and teams from being diverse to being inclusive organizations and communities.
You might be a:
- manager, executive or leader
- human resources practitioner
- organizational development specialist
- healthcare or community service professional
- educator, administrator or student service personnel
- community development worker
- independent consultant, corporate trainer or counsellor
This part-time program consists of two required courses and electives chosen from specialized micro courses, and diversity and inclusion (D&I) courses.
Required courses total 35 hours. Each micro course is 15 to 20 hours long, and each D&I course is about 40 hours long. To graduate, you must complete at least 175 hours of courses.
All courses offer:
- experiential learning methods incorporating varied activities to accommodate different learning styles
- a balance of theory and practice to support cognitive, interpersonal and practical skills development
- elective courses that provide an opportunity for specialization.
Depending on which elective courses and options you choose, you can complete this program 100% online. 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. There is no requirement to take the full certificate program.
Only one required course, Principled Engagement with Indigenous People, and two electives, Responding to Indigenous-Specific Racism, and Training for Intercultural, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Trainers, offer a blend of online learning with real-time virtual learning or in-person classes. These three courses require you to commit to being online or in-class on specific dates and times.
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.
We provide you access to UBC’s online learning software Canvas. You should ensure you have the technology needed to support Canvas. You should also have the technology to watch videos, listen to audio, and download and read PDF files.
The curriculum highlights concepts, theoretical frameworks and methods which are explored through case studies, self-reflection and analysis.
Facilitated learning and peer learning help you reach a higher level of awareness and effectiveness in addressing issues of inequity, racism and discrimination in various contexts. Assignments give you an opportunity to apply what you learn to specific cases and situations from your own life.
The following are the required courses for this program (totalling 35 hours).
|Required Courses||Format(s)||Next Offering||More|
|Principled Engagement with Indigenous People (MC652)||Online||Feb 8-Feb 25, 2022||More|
|Anti-Racism Strategies for the Workplace (MC653)||Online||Jan 18-Feb 6, 2022||More|
Choose from the following elective courses for the remaining 140 hours to earn your UBC Certificate in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
Each elective course is approximately 40 hours.
|Elective D&I Courses||Format(s)||Next Offering||More|
|Engaging Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations (MC609)||Online||Oct 28-Dec 17, 2021||More|
|Identity and Intergroup Relations (MC601)||Online||Feb 24-Apr 8, 2022||More|
|Leadership in Intercultural Contexts (MC608)||Online||Jun 2-July 5, 2022||More|
|Thriving in Diverse Teams (MC604)||Online||Jan 20-Mar 11, 2022||More|
|Transforming Intercultural Conflict (MC603)||Online||Mar 17-Apr 29, 2022||More|
|Training for Intercultural, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Trainers (MC607)||Online||TBD||More|
Each micro-course is approximately 15 hours, with the exception of MC654 which is 20 hours.
|Elective Micro Courses||Format(s)||Next Offering||More|
|Responding to Indigenous Specific Racism (MC654)||Online||Nov 2-Nov 19, 2021||More|
|Dismantling Barriers to Inclusion Within Organizations (MC655)||Online||TBD||More|
|Addressing Power, Privilege and Systems (MC656)||Online||Mar 8-27, 2022||More|
|Organizational Equity and Inclusion: A Strategic Roadmap (MC657)||Online||Jan 25-Feb 13, 2022||More|
|Countering Biases and Microaggressions (MC658)||Online||TBD||More|
|Understanding Intersectionality and Identity (MC659)||Online||TBD||More|
|Decolonizing and Creating Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (MC660)||Online||Nov 9-Nov 28, 2021||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.
The minimum cost to complete the program, including the certificate graduation application fee, is $4,478. Total program fees depend on the electives you choose.
Course fees range from $375 for a micro course to $1,050 for an elective diversity and inclusion course. Other course fees vary. The certificate graduation application fee is $275. You can take advantage of earlybird savings on all of our courses if you register by the date specified.
If you’re able to register for all program courses, you can save 10% when you pay a lump sum. We welcome the opportunity to discuss and plan course selections that best meets your needs. Please email us at email@example.com for more details.
Course fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change. Fees may be paid by Visa®, Mastercard®, cash, money order or certified cheque.
Visit the refund, cancellation and withdrawal page for details.
To accommodate learners from a variety of backgrounds in the UBC Certificate in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion program, we have broad criteria and request that you ensure you can meet the following requirements:
- Post-secondary education and/or extensive life experience
- Fluency in English, including good written and verbal communication skills
- The academic, interpersonal and communication skills to support active participation in this dynamic program
- Approximately seven hours a week to spend on a course
- Able to access the minimum technology requirements as outlined in How We Deliver This Program.
Follow These Steps to Start the Program
1. Please read and understand the program handbook before starting this program as it contains information about the program, graduation requirements, expectations and policies.
2. To have courses you complete count toward the certificate, we ask you to write a 500-word letter of intent communicating your interest in the program, your expectations, and personal and career goals. This letter lets us know for our student records that you are pursuing the certificate. Please email your letter of intent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. You track your courses and hours on your own. You don’t need to inform us of what courses you are taking or when, as long as you are taking eligible courses. However, we ask you to complete the 175 hours of course work within three years of submitting your letter of intent.
Graduating and Requesting Your Certificate
You graduate and can request your certificate after successfully completing a total of 175 hours of courses, including the two required courses totalling 35 hours, and at least 140 hours of electives.
To submit your graduation request: