Organizations of all types need leaders with the knowledge and skills to transform cultures and create more inclusive and equitable teams, workplaces, and communities. This certificate program helps working professionals from a variety of fields to identify issues, craft solutions, and develop the ability to research and understand the complexities of diversity and inclusion.

This program can be completed as a stand-alone certificate or in combination with a master’s degree program.

Program Type

Graduate Certificate

Program Format

On Campus

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Organizations need leaders who have the skills, evidence-based knowledge and insights needed to create and sustain inclusive and equitable workplaces. 

As champions for diversity, these leaders need two primary skill sets. First, they need to understand the forms, functions, and manifestations of diversity as a multi-faceted, intersectional, and interdisciplinary construct. Second, they need a solid foundation in leadership, team-building and organizational processes. By integrating leadership and diversity courses, this program will help you develop the knowledge, awareness and skills needed to create inclusion and equity across the intersections of human diversity.

The skills and knowledge obtained in this program are generalizable to leadership settings that range from organizational relationships and team interactions to leadership roles in advocacy and social justice organizations. 

The program will prepare graduates for a range of positions including DEI professionals and practitioners, chief diversity officers, consultants in DEI, organizational development, human resource managers, and employee resource group leaders, as well as administrators, managers, and executives interested in leading diversity initiatives in corporate, education, government, health care, community and non-profit settings.

Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (15 credits)

Required Courses (6 credits)

BUS ADM 731 Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion
BUS MGMT 715 Leadership, Team Building and Effective Management

Electives (9 credits)

Please choose three courses from the following:
BUS ADM 738 Human Resource Management
BUS MGMT 706 Managing in a Dynamic Environment
AD LDSP 777 Leadership in Multicultural Organizations
AFRIC 821 Race and Inequality
IND REL 712 Employment Law
NON PROF 740 Executive Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations
OCCTHPY 625 Design and Disability
WGS 710 Advanced Feminist Theory
WGS 740 Advanced Queer Theory
Additional certificate requirements as well as course descriptions can be found on the Graduate School website.

To be considered for admission, you must have completed a bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of 2.75 or better. This certificate may be completed alone or in combination with the Lubar School’s MBA or MS in Management degree program.

To apply, complete the online application. Please also send your official transcript (from highest degree earned) to the Graduate School, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, P.O. Box 340, Milwaukee, WI 53201.

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