Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Workplace | Arts and Science ONLINE

Advancing Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion in the Workplace

EMPR 260/3.0

The course considers the workplace policies, laws, and human resource management and labour relations practices that advance equity and diversity in the workplace. This course examines the nature and extent of diversity in the Canadian labour force and the implications for establishing and supporting equitable, diverse and productive workforces.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Describe the current perspectives/concepts on the relationship between diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace;
  2. Describe and identify legislation, policies, and core standards of equity and inclusion in human resource management and labour relations practices in Canadian workplaces;
  3. Examine and analyze the concept of identity, relationships across differences and bias, and equality of opportunity in organizations and how they relate to organizational issues or opportunity;
  4. Analyze and discuss, with a variety of stakeholders, how privilege, biases, and stereotypes influence opportunities and effectiveness in the workplace and how workplace-based issues are related to attaining fair and equitable workplace outcomes for individuals and employers;
  5. Examine the role of leadership in creating and sustaining workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  6. Evaluate work cultures and identify practices that support and engage all employees, and recognize how human resources management and labour relations policies and practices can affect and determine equity outcomes; and
  7. Critically evaluate current practices used in companies and propose strategies to enhance workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Creating diverse and inclusive workplaces is a competitive advantage and good for business. Workplaces that embrace diverse perspectives and make employees feel like part of a cohesive team thrive. However, managing an increasingly diverse workforce is challenging and is one of the most critical issues facing organizations today. Even so, we can change the environments in which we live, learn, and work and start to level the playing field and give everyone greater opportunity to succeed. Diversity, equity and inclusion can transform our world, and we have a moral responsibility to create positive outcomes for all.


This introductory level course focuses on the key areas that impact the adoption of diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in the workplace. Students will learn the theoretical and practical foundation needed to better understand how their own experiences shape their ability to lead across differences, how to influence others on the merits of diversity, equity and inclusion, and how to create inclusive organizational strategies, programs, and systems that benefit everyone.


  • Week 1: Introduction to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace
  • Week 2: Framing the issues for engaging a diverse workforce
  • Week 3: Legal framework for equity
  • Week 4: Concepts of identity and difference
  • Week 5: Bias, prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination
  • Week 6: Interpersonal awareness and fostering a teaming environment
  • Week 7: Inclusive leadership
  • Week 8: From diversity to inclusion
  • Week 9: Designing for inclusion
  • Week 10: Global benchmarks for diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Week 11: Diversity and inclusion in the global context
  • Week 12: Inclusion and innovation in diverse and inclusive organizations


Winter 2023
Course Dates: 
Jan. 9 - Apr. 10, 2023
Exam Dates: 
Apr. 14 - 27, 2023


20% - Journals: Reflexive journal entries at the end of each module (4 x 5%)
20% - Current Events: Two rounds of peer discussion (2 x 10%)
15% - Innovation Gallery: Multimedia piece (10%) + peer discussion/reflection (5%)
15% - Case Study: Individual submission with optional group work
30% - Proctored Final Exam

*Evaluation subject to change*


  • Students who have on-campus courses (or course sections) will write their final exams in-person and on-campus. These final exams will be administered through the central Exams Office
  • Students who have courses (or course sections) that are remote or online, but who have other on-campus courses (or course sections) in their timetable, will write all of their final exams in-person and on-campus. These final exams will be administered through the central Exams Office
  • Students who have only remote or online courses (or course sections) in their timetable, and who require remote proctoring, will have their exams proctored using Examity.


Once the exam schedule has been finalized the exam date will be posted on your SOLUS account. The exam dates for each Term are listed on the Faculty of Arts and Science webpage under "Important Dates." Student exam schedules for the Fall Term are posted via SOLUS immediately prior to the Thanksgiving holiday; for the Winter Term they are posted on the Friday before Reading Week, and for the Summer Term they are individually noted on the Arts and Science Online syllabi. Students should delay finalizing any travel plans until after the examination schedule has been posted. Exams will not be moved or deferred to accommodate employment, travel/holiday plans or flight reservations.


Dr. Gabriela Zuniga (

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 10 hours a week (120 hours per term) in study, listening and online activity for this course.

Course Resources


SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About OnQ

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About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


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Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

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Non-Queen’s Students

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