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Executive Education

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Certificate

Take Ownership of Your Organization’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Journey

Level I Program Starts January 17, 2023
Level II Program Starts February 2, 2023

Bentley University's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Certificate Programs equip business executives with the training and tools to create and nurture an inclusive organizational culture. Our multi-level programs are designed to meet learners where they are in their DEI journey, and move them forward as agents of change. 

Participants in our Level I offering will begin with individual self-reflection and an understanding of DEI fundamentals. This program will conclude with the development of an individual development plan to move forward as an ally and workplace advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our Level II programming will delve into team-level diagnosis and interventions, and organizational and system-level change planning. Participants in Level II will apply their learnings to develop a specific DE&I change initiative for their organizations and an implementation plan to follow upon their return to their professional roles. 

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Fall 2022 Level I Program starts January 17

Spring 2023 Level II Program starts February 2

Learn to Build and Inspire a Culture of Belonging

To translate demographic and cognitive diversity into a culture of belonging, organizations must encourage, train, and inspire employees to take ownership of the organization's diversity and inclusion journey. Bentley's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Certificate Programs offer intensive, experiential programs that prepare participants as advocates to foster an inclusive workplace culture.

Participants in Level I will:

  • Understand the business and human case for DE&I by exploring the latest data, and learn the fundamental vocabulary used in DEI work
  • Gain insight into potential barriers to an inclusive workplace and actionable strategies to overcome these barriers
  • Explore your own racialized experience, integrate the concept of intersectionality into that understanding
  • Develop the ability to dialogue about race and identity and how to facilitate successful conversations about race and identity in multiracial and multicultural environments
  • Develop an individualized action plan to move forward as a workplace advocate for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Participants in Level II will:

  • Explore the foundations of transforming homogeneous organizations into multicultural organizations
  • Learn about organizational systems and culture and how these  contribute to organizational inequities
  • Learn to identify and mitigate team and organizational inequities
Jessica Frey

Jessica Frey, (DEI) Champion Certificate '20

Jessica Frey implements grass-roots DEI program at EverTrue 

“I made a case for why diversity matters, and he was immediately on board,” Frey recalls of the CEO. With the support of the executive management team, she started the company’s first-ever DEI initiative. To help build this formal program at EverTrue, Jessica enrolled in Bentley's executive education certificate program to know what was happening in the DEI space, learn about the kinds of tools that are available and identify ways to think more strategically and quantitatively about DEI. 

 Continue Reading Jessica's Story

Who should enroll

Level 1 Level 2
Entry and mid-level professionals responsible for employee engagement, talent development, and other organizational development functions, and who need foundational knowledge in DE&I. Examples include: Talent Managers, HR Coordinators, Hiring Coordinators, DEI Coordinators. DEI professionals, looking to increase their knowledge of developing team and organizational change initiatives. Examples include: DEI Managers, Chief Diversity Officers new to the role.
Professionals interested in taking a more active role in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within their organizations but are at the beginning of their DEI journey and development. Senior HR professionals with foundational DEI knowledge and engaged in personal DEI work, looking to expand their impact in this dimension. Examples include: Chief HR Officers with informal or self-directed DEI training looking to deepen organizational DEI expertise.
Key HR decision makers in roles that require additional awareness of diversity and unconscious bias. Examples include recruiters, hiring managers, and HR business partners who need foundational knowledge in DEI. Leaders of corporate employee resource groups with informal knowledge and experience with leading DEI efforts looking to expand their impact or move from group level impact to organizational change and impact.
Recently promoted managers seeking to learn how to manage diverse teams.  
Members of employee resource groups seeking to develop interpersonal DEI advocacy toolbox .  

Program Structure & Topics

Program Structure

In the interest of safeguarding the health and safety of their employees, we understand that companies are taking varied and measured approaches to returning to the office and external meeting/event attendance. Given this information, we have decided to move our programming to a virtual delivery, to ensure that we can best meet the development needs of our entire professional audience.

These intensive, experiential programs are led by a Master Facilitator from Bentley University's Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women and Business (CWB). The CWB provides thought leadership and training on critical diversity, equity & inclusion issues. CWB facilitators lead hundreds of sessions with businesses worldwide, providing knowledge and tools to foster inclusive organizations.

Virtual Program Delivery: The program structure for our virtual option will deliver all program modules via, live virtual sessions. These sessions will run from 9:00AM-1:00PM EST, (which is inclusive of a 30-minute break). Our programming will remain highly interactive, employing group exercises, discussions and case studies by leveraging breakout room capabilities within our online delivery technology.

Level I Topics: Foundations and Individual Exploration

Session 1

  • Understand the business and human case for diversity, equity, inclusion (DE&I) by exploring the latest data
  • Define foundational concepts including intersectionality, unconscious bias, and micro-inequities
  • Understand key psychological processes that impede relations across difference and how to address them
  • Learn how to identify individual biases and techniques to de-bias behaviors
  • Explore how allyship, cultural humility, and an understanding of individual privilege can help leaders facilitate organizational transformation and help organizations uproot systemic barriers to inclusion

Session 2

  • Explore a framework outlining different personal conflict styles and their role in group interactions
  • Understand your default conflict style, and learn to recognize the conflict styles of others
  • Leverage conflict style understanding to better engage others in discussions across difference
  • Practice the skill of initiating and teaching others how to have courageous conversations across difference

Session 3

  • Understand your own racialized experience by reflecting on early learnings about race and racism
  • Integrate intersectionality into understanding your racialized experience
  • Develop ability to dialogue about your race and a greater understanding of how to facilitate conversations about race in multiracial and multicultural environments

Session 4

  • Explore and share your own commitment to DEI and develop your "why"
  • Create an individualized action plan for moving forward as an ally and workplace advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion
Level II Topics: Inclusivity within Teams and Organizations

Session 1

  • Develop and share your inclusivity story
  • Explore the competencies required to be an inclusive team lead
  • Understand the stages of group development, and how to leverage this understanding to promote high-functioning teams

Session 2

  • Examine the challenges and opportunities related to developing and leading inclusive teams
  • Explore how to identify individual and group biases and delve into remedies to interrupt these individually and as a team
  • Learn the foundations of transforming homogenous and white dominant organizations into multicultural organizations
  • Investigate interventions to resolve conflict within teams while leveraging disagreements related to diversity of opinions, skills, and expertise

Session 3

  • Explore the composition of organizational culture and organizational micro-inequities, and determine how to identify and tackle micro-inequities within your organization
  • Examine the challenges of leading an inclusive organization with a diverse workforce and how to develop solutions that take into account intersectionality related to working with race, gender, sexuality, disability and other identities

Session 4

  • Learn and apply a framework to develop DEI change initiatives regardless of your role or position in your organization
  • Analyze and unpack a successful racial equity change initiative case

Session 5

  • Initiate the development of DEI change initiative for your organization
  • Collaborate with cohort members and practice giving and receiving feedback about DEI change initiatives

Session 6

  • Create a plan to engage others in your organization with implementation planning of your change initiative
  • Final takeaways, and group debriefing

Take Ownership of Your Organization’s Diversity & Inclusion Journey

Level I Virtual Program

Program cost: $1,700

The program fee includes tuition and materials. Register 30 days in advance to receive a 10% discount. Bentley alumni receive a 15% enrollment discount.

Virtual Delivery Dates: 

  • January 17, 24, 31
  • February 7

Time: 9:00AM - 1:00PM EST


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Level II Virtual Program

Program cost: $2,550

Program fee includes tuition and materials. Register 30 days in advance to receive a 10% discount. Bentley alumni receive a 15% enrollment discount.

Virtual Delivery Dates:

  • February 2, 16
  • March 2, 16, 30
  • April 13

Time: 12:00 - 4:00PM


Bentley Refund Policy

Bentley University will grant a full refund for cancellations received at least 30 days before the program start date. A 50% refund will be given for those cancellations made prior to fourteen days of the program start date. No refund will be granted for those cancellations received after that time.

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We are happy to answer your questions and provide more details about the program. 

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