BUS 273 — Inclusive Leadership: Building Diverse Teams That Thrive
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Oct 4—Nov 1
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 6
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Instructor(s): Yuka Nagashima
Class Recording Available: No
When employees feel like they belong, they are more engaged, resulting in improved morale and job performance. Research has also shown that teams composed of people from different backgrounds are more innovative. Organizations rooted in values of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) not only experience increased productivity, but also have greater success in talent acquisition and retention. In this course, you will learn key concepts of JEDI through stories, group discussions, and case studies, which will make you an effective ally and leader for your team. After learning the vocabulary of inclusion, we will focus on how to introduce this culture to others, including how to handle missteps. We will examine barriers to inclusion such as microaggressions related to racism, sexism, ageism, and business tactics, and how to break through them in order to maximize team performance. By the end of this course, you will be able to (1) recognize your own biases and those of others; (2) see "power-isms" that exist in the systems and procedures around you; and (3) apply the JEDI lens to create inclusive workspaces, and avoid performative programs and actions that harm minoritized groups.
Students will need to complete a one-hour assignment prior to the start of the course. There will be short assignments between classes.
Yuka Nagashima is a management consultant specializing in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. She has developed inclusive programs for education, startups, governments, and nonprofits, and is a former president of Astia. She currently leads Food Shift, recovering surplus food to reduce waste, nourish neighbors, and create jobs.
Founder and Chief Strategist, Paideia Enterprises; Executive Director, Food Shift
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.