EMPR 260: Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Workplace

Instructor: Gabby Zuniga

Delivery: Online 

Term: Winter 2024

Course Description: This introductory-level course focuses on the key areas that impact the adoption of equity, diversity, 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 equity, diversity, and inclusion, and how to create inclusive organizational strategies, programs, and systems that benefit everyone.

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 equity, diversity 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 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 equity, diversity, 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 equity, diversity and inclusion.

Learning Hours: 120 (72 Online Activity, 48 Private Study) 

Grading Scheme: 

Detailed descriptions of each assignment, including the rubrics used for evaluation, are available on the course onQ website under the assignments tab.

Journals 25%
Current Events 20%
Midterm 10%
Case Study 15%
Final Exam 30%

Prerequisites: Level 2 or above

Exclusions: None