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Northwestern University Launches “Leading Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion” Online Short Course with GetSmarter

Six-week short course will be taught by Alvin Tillery, a well-known expert on race relations and founding director of the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy

Northwestern University announced it will offer an online short course to help professionals across private industry, government, and civil society learn to lead in more inclusive and equitable ways. The six-week short course, Leading Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, will be offered in partnership with GetSmarter, a brand of 2U. Enrollment opens today and the first class will begin in October.

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“At a moment when our nation and the world are facing a once-in-a-generation reckoning on race, racism, and equity, the importance of developing inclusive leaders and leadership skills has never been more critical to all organizations,” said Alvin Tillery, associate professor of political science at Northwestern and lead instructor for the course. “By providing professionals with an actionable framework for becoming more inclusive leaders, this new course will foster more sustainable approaches to building diverse and equitable institutions.”

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Tillery is a leading expert on race relations and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). He is the founding director of the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy at Northwestern, an award-winning author, and a frequent commentator in the national media on diversity issues, racial politics, and presidential leadership. His perspectives have appeared in The New York Times and NBC News, as well as other national media.

Studies by Deloitte and the Case Foundation have found that millennials are more loyal to organizations and brands that prioritize diversity and inclusion and that they rank DEI as one of the top issues for their generation.

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