Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Professional Certificate

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Professional Certificate
4 Course Program
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Champion Equality With Your Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Professional Certificate

Are you a champion for diversity, equity and inclusion and looking for your next challenge? Are you ready to become a leader in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives?

Earning The University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s online Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Professional Certificate is your pathway.

Our professional certificate program empowers individuals at all levels to champion directly applicable DEI strategies within their organizations and communities. You will gain vital insights into your own biases and learn practical DEI strategies to foster a more inclusive and equitable culture.

Organizations that embrace and prioritize DEI not only win the competition for talent, they also top the charts for profitability and growth. Our professional certificate in diversity, equity and inclusion features a thought-provoking approach to help participants understand their role in helping to foster a more diverse, inclusive and equitable culture within their organization. Our program also highlights how embracing DEI strategies can boost an organization’s bottom line.

There are no prerequisites to enter the program.

“Awesome certificate! I thoroughly enjoyed the classes; they were insightful and easy to follow. I also appreciated the instructors’ knowledge and experience and their willingness to share.”

– Spring ’23 graduate

Who Should Earn Our Professional Certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?

UNC Charlotte’s DEI certificate program is ideal for:

  • DEI leaders
  • Human resources professionals
  • Team and group leaders
  • Supervisors
  • Anyone interested in creating an inclusive and equitable culture in their workplace and their community

“Diversity and inclusion (D&I) practitioners — the most effective ones — are able to identify and articulate to organizational leaders how D&I aligns with their success as an organization. The ‘feel good/right thing to do’ way of thinking has its place, but in my view, it has a limited shelf life. I like to help D&I professionals learn how to make the distinction so that their leaders see D&I’s true value, versus simply being able to check a box!”

– Steven Jarrett
Instructor for UNC Charlotte’s DEI leadership course
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for PSA Airlines

Related Programs

» Learning and Development Professional Certificate
» Human Resources Professional Certificate
» Leading Change Professional Certificate


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate Courses

Our certificate in diversity, equity and inclusion program consists of four required courses:

DEI Leadership: In this course, you will gain a deeper understanding of DEI, DEI initiatives and why DEI is important to organizations and communities.

Overcoming Bias to Create an Inclusive Workplace: This course will help you gain valuable insights about your known preferences and insights into unconscious bias and the potential impact on talent management practices and processes.

Inclusive Recruitment, Engagement, and Retention: This course helps you gain an understanding of why hiring diverse talent is smart for organizations and businesses.

Creating a Respectful and Inclusive Workplace: Addressing Behaviors That Can Hurt: Through this course, you will understand the importance of maintaining a harassment-free work environment and how harassment creates a hostile work environment.


The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate Bundle: $731. A savings of $129.

Or pay as you go for each course: $215.

Course Schedule

All courses within the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate program are available as live-online delivery courses offered in the afternoon or evening. TAKE THE COURSES IN ANY ORDER. START AT ANY TIME.

Fall 2024 Schedule

DEI Leadership
DEI101 – 005: Tuesday/Thursday Afternoons, September 24 & 26 (1 pm - 3 pm) – Live Online

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Overcoming Bias to Create an Inclusive Workplace
DEI102 – 005: Tuesday/Thursday Evenings, October 22 & 24 (6 pm - 8 pm) – Live Online

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Inclusive Recruitment, Engagement and Retention
DEI103 – 005: Tuesday/Thursday Afternoons, November 19 & 21 (1 pm - 3 pm) – Live Online

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Creating a Respectful and Inclusive Workplace: Addressing Behaviors that Can Hurt
DEI104 – 005: Tuesday/Thursday Evenings, December 17 & 19 (6 pm - 8 pm) – Live Online

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Spring 2025 Schedule

DEI Leadership
DEI101 – 006: Tuesday/Thursday Evenings, February 25 & 27 (6 pm - 8 pm) – Live Online

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Overcoming Bias to Create an Inclusive Workplace
DEI102 – 006: Tuesday/Thursday Afternoons, March 25 & 27 (1 pm - 3 pm) – Live Online

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Inclusive Recruitment, Engagement and Retention
DEI103 – 006: Tuesday/Thursday Evenings, April 29 & May 1 (6 pm - 8 pm) – Live Online

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Creating a Respectful and Inclusive Workplace: Addressing Behaviors that Can Hurt
DEI104 – 006: Tuesday/Thursday Afternoons, May 27 & 29 (1 pm - 3 pm) – Live Online

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What Can You Do With Your Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate?

UNC Charlotte’s professional DEI certificate graduates work for companies such as:

  • Novant Health
  • Google
  • Lowe’s
  • Ahold Delhaize USA

Our DEI certificate alumni have job titles such as:

  • Director of diversity and inclusion
  • Director of recruitment
  • Compliance specialist
  • Patient experience officer
Why UNC Charlotte?

Why Earn Your Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate From UNC Charlotte?

By choosing UNC Charlotte’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Professional Certificate program, you will enjoy a number of advantages, including:

  • Earn your professional certificate at your speed. Our flexible self-paced online certificate program allows you to continue working as you complete the certificate courses. Depending on your availability and timeline, you can earn your certificate in as little as four months, or take as long as 18 months. Take the courses in any order. You can even choose individual courses as opposed to the full certificate curriculum.
  • Take advantage of live online learning. Our courses are offered live online in afternoons or evenings. Through this highly interactive and informative format, you will benefit from our thought-provoking curriculum that challenges your personal perceptions and helps you understand your role in creating positive change.
  • Learn from faculty experts. Students learn from instructors with real-world experience and build external relationships that can help with their DEI efforts. For example, Steven Jarrett is the instructor for the DEI leadership course. As the Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion for PSA Airlines, Steve is charged with creating the company’s first full and comprehensive DEI strategy. In previous roles, Steve developed talent management solutions for firms in multiple industries, including strategies for diversity and inclusion, staffing, succession, retention and employee engagement. Learn more about Steve.