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Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

This course is open for applications from May 1 – May 31

In recent years there has been an increased focus on building Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) structures in academia, policy, and by businesses. While developing and implementing D&I policies presents a step towards employing diverse talent, diversity can only bring benefits when workers come together to work inclusively on tasks and pool their diverse talents and cognitive abilities. This course emphasizes this important connection between D&I policy and communication by identifying and exploring the inclusive communication practices needed to lead, manage, and work with people from diverse backgrounds. Learning about these communication skills in the workplace will benefit any student looking to work in the knowledge sector, on diverse teams, or part of the globalized economy. This is a practical course that goes beyond the theory of global competence and examines case studies, best practices, and presents applied tools to help students effectively communicate across different communication styles, interpersonal and team-based situations, develop inclusive presentations, and demonstrate sensitivity across diverse audiences and relationships.

Exam info and full course description

Exam info and full course description can be found in thecourse catalogue

Admission Requirements

Course specific:

To apply for the course you must either be enrolled in a bachelor's degree, have a bachelor's degree or have passed a qualifying entry examination.

Students should have a strong proficiency in written and spoken English – TOEFL or similar. This course will be conducted entirely in English.


Exchange students: nomination from your home university

Freemovers: documentation for English Language proficiency

You can read more about admission here.


Carolyn Hurley


Dr. Carolyn Hurley (she/her/hers) is an accomplished Educator, Scholar, and Ally with nearly two decades of experience in the field of Communication and Intercultural Understanding. Throughout her career she has been involved with academic research, national security, and training and teaching adults and professionals. Her international experience includes work in North America, Europe, and Asia. She currently serves as an Associate Professor at Northern Virginia Community College (Virginia, USA), where she specializes in Intercultural communication, inclusion, and student engagement. Driven by a passion for empowering students to become more effective and inclusive communicators, Dr. Hurley's dedication to teaching, involvement in academic and community endeavours, and commitment to student growth define her impactful role as an Associate Professor.