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Professional Academy Diploma in Diversity, Equity, Belonging & Inclusion (DEBI)

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Discover what it takes to build a consciously inclusive organisation that celebrates diversity while strengthening equality and belonging. This vital and topical subject is of ever-increasing importance in organisations of every shape and size.

We give you the toolkit and strategies needed to embed diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion (DEBI) into the workplace so that you can drive real change and help to foster a culture of allyship and inclusivity.

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Starts 22 Aug — Ends 07 Nov 24

Part-time / evening
  • LIVE ONLINE lectures with an Industry Expert
  • 12 weeks: One 3 hour lecture per week
  • Thursdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • €1700

Starts 26 Sep — Ends 12 Dec 24

Part-time / evening
  • LIVE ONLINE lectures with an Industry Expert
  • 12 weeks: One 3 hour lecture per week
  • Thursdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • €1700

Secure your place with a 50% deposit and the rest after your course commences. Save an additional 5% when you pay in full at time of booking.

Why UCD Professional Academy?

  • Valuable, trusted certification
  • Industry expert lecturers
  • Flexible learning options

Diversity, Equity, Belonging & Inclusion (DEBI) Course Modules

Covering the concepts, frameworks, and legal obligations specific to the Irish workplace, this course will give you the skills and knowledge to deal effectively with issues of equality, diversity, and inclusion at all levels of your organisation or community. Exploring the latest thinking and best practice, you will develop the skills and confidence required to successfully engage with diversity, be inclusive in practical ways, and implement strong DEBI policies.

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1. DEBI: Introduction & Overview

Gain an understanding of the issues and key concepts associated with diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion. Explore the opportunities and challenges this presents.

  • Understanding of DEBI
  • Opportunities and challenges

2. Understanding Equality

Learn about the legislation relating to equality in Ireland and beyond. Understand how to apply the legislation related to DEBI in the workplace.

  • Equality legislation in Ireland
  • Equal opportunities policies

3. Human Rights In Ireland

Learn about the protections of human rights and freedoms in Ireland grated by constitutional and international law. Learn how to apply the Human Rights framework.

  • The Human Rights framework
  • IHREC codes of practice

4. Neurodiversity

Explore the concept of neurodiversity and how to create a successful people management approach to it. Discover the common neurodiverse thinking styles and their strengths.

  • What is neurodiversity?
  • Common neurodiverse thinking styles

5. Successful People Management: Approaches To Diversity

Discover how to create a successful people management approach to managing diversity. Learn which key HR tasks may require change to be inclusive to a diverse workforce.

  • Reconsidering recruitment & selection
  • Reconsidering D&I

6. Building An Inclusive Workplace

Learn how the use of AI can support an inclusive environment and explore strategies for moving towards an inclusive organisation.

  • Measuring DEBI
  • AI and DEBI

7. Inclusion & Belonging Strategies (Part 1)

Understand the concept of psychological safety and the tools available to foster it.

  • Psychological safety
  • Culture and DEBI

8. Inclusion & Belonging Strategies (Part 2)

Understand the concept of bias and the tools available to disrupt it.

  • The concept of bias
  • Employer brand in an inclusive workplace

9. Dignity At Work

Explore issues of bullying and harassment in the workplace.

  • Handling complaints of bullying or harassment
  • Codes of practice related to bullying
  • Harassment and sexual harassment

10. Diversity & Leadership

Look at the importance of leadership in inclusive organisations.

  • Diversity and leadership
  • The gender pay-gap

11. Managing The Changes

Look at models of change management and consider how to implement the changes in your organisation.

  • Theories of change management
  • Implementing changes

12. Course Summary & Assignment Overview

In this final session, review the concepts and strategies learned during the course.

  • Review of course content
  • Overview of the assignment

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this course right for me?

The themes explored will be of interest to professionals at every level and working in any sector. Anyone who is responsible for recruiting, leading teams, managing employees, minimising risk, and supporting organisational performance will benefit from this course. It would be of particular interest to professionals working in human resources; a diploma or other qualification in human resources would be an advantage but is not essential.

How will this course help with my career?

Addressing issues of diversity and inclusion in the workplace is no longer a luxury for organisations but a hard reality. For this reason, professionals with a real understanding of and expertise in this area are highly sought-after. With the skills and knowledge obtained on this course, you may be able to add DEBI responsibilities to your role, seek promotion to a role that includes such responsibilities, or push for the creation of a new DEBI position in your organisation.

What is the online learning experience like?

Our online experience is designed to be just as interactive, supportive, and inspiring as the UCD Professional Academy campus experience.

Online courses can be accessed from any computer or laptop with an internet connection.

Live lectures are delivered using Zoom. During these lectures, your teachers will use technology interactively to ensure an engaging learning experience. When appropriate, students will be encouraged to activate their microphones so that they can ask questions and communicate with other students.

What is the student experience like?

Student care is a high priority at UCD Professional Academy, which is why our Student Services team is on hand to support you throughout your time with us. They will respond to any queries you have, help you with any technical issues, and facilitate your learning experience at every point. All students are given access to our Student Portal, where you can see your timetable, access all your study materials, and manage your account.

How is this course assessed?

This course is assessed through a weekly student learning log and a report of around 3,000 words, submitted at the end of the course. Your learning log should demonstrate how you used the concepts presented each week to start building your understanding of diversity and inclusion.

Your final report will bring together all the concepts and insights to present key points of the studied subjects and reflect on the challenges that come with a diverse workforce and how to deal with them. Students will be asked to reflect on their own workplace and evaluate it from the DEBI perspective.

What are the benefits of a Professional Academy Diploma?

UCD Professional Academy Diplomas and Certificates are designed to give your career an advantage. Developed in conjunction with industry thought leaders our courses teach practical, applied skills to support you to achieve your career and business goals. Professional Academy Diplomas are suitable for career minded learners wishing to advance their professional skills and prospects rather than their academic credentials.

The Professional Academy is an independent wholly owned part of UCD designed to address the need for skills development in the workforce. Courses tend to be short, designed and delivered by industry practitioners, and are not part of nor do they lead to a traditional University award such as a degree or a masters. They are widely accepted by employers and many students are sponsored to study by their organisation.

For full details of UCD Professional Academy’s Certification & Governance please visit https://www.ucd.ie/professionalacademy/governance/

How do I get my Professional Academy Diploma?

Your UCD Professional Academy Diploma will be issued electronically on a secure platform, with a link that you can share with employers and others wishing to verify your credentials. You can also add this certification to your LinkedIn profile.

This Professional Academy Diploma is not on the National Framework of Qualifications as a credit-bearing course. This is not unusual for professional courses of this nature, where the need is for fresh and actionable skills immediately applicable in the workplace.

What payment options are available?

A place on any of our part-time & on demand courses can be secured with a 50% deposit with the remaining balance due within 30 days of the course commencing.

For full-time Bootcamp courses, 100% of the course fee should be paid before starting.

Please note that standard terms and conditions apply, which you can review here: https://www.ucd.ie/professionalacademy/terms-and-conditions/

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