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Germaine Townsend
2020 NOLA SHRM Diversity Director

With many employees working remotely, the Pandemic offers a unique opportunity to focus on our diversity and inclusion efforts. These unprecedented times force us to rethink how we engage our employees. The single mother who is working remotely while struggling to home-school her kids or the employee who lives in a multi-generational household who may find it difficult to focus on job tasks in a crowded home. It’s critical that we communicate the right message to the right audience. Diversity and inclusion can help you craft the right message for your individual employees and help them to really feel like “we’re all in this together.”

Are these unprecedented times? Yes. But remember, necessity is the mother of invention. Take this time to be innovative, sharpen your D & I skills. What better time than the present to enhance your diversity and inclusion knowledge. I found 9 free online classes for Diversity and Inclusion training on

Here’s the list below.

1. Address Unconscious Bias, Grovo

Broken into 20 “microlessons” at around three minutes each, Grovo’s unconscious bias training will help managers understand how their bias affects their business decisions and how they can overcome it.

Length: 20 videos/ 2-4 minutes a video

2. Gender Equality and Sexual Diversity, Udemy

Becoming more inclusive isn’t just about understanding power dynamics inside the office but the greater issues happening in the country and across the world. This extensive course covers everything, from the history of gender and sexual inequality to different forms of discrimination to the public institutions fighting for minority rights.

Length: 30 lectures/ 5 hours, 35 minutes

3. Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace, Coursera

Perfect for those who are just dipping their toes into diversity and inclusion training, this class covers general knowledge of how power dynamics come into play in the office, and how you can better support, manage, and be an ally to your employees.

Note: This course is free to audit.

Length: 4 weeks/ 2 hours a week

4. Leading With Effective Communication (Inclusive Leadership Training), edX

Part of being a great leader is knowing how to effectively communicate—and this inclusivity training will help you tackle even the most difficult conversations.

Length: 4 weeks/ 1-2 hours a week

5. Inclusion of Minorities in Community Development, Alison

While this class is focused on creating community, it’s still a great resource to understand different kinds of diversity—from class to education level to mental or physical ability—and how you can be more inclusive to those who may fall into the minority at your company.

Length: 8 lessons

6. Becoming a Successful Leader (Inclusive Leadership Training), edX

As the name suggests, this course will help you become not just a better leader, but a more inclusive one. It includes best practices, real-life stories and examples, and exercises to help you continue to improve how you lead as a manager.

Length: 4 weeks/ 1-2 hours a week

7. Understanding Diversity and Inclusion, FutureLearn

Covering important topics like unconscious bias, supporting diversity, and ethnocentric and ethno-relative mindsets (whether you judge or accept cultures as different and equal), this is an easy course to get everything you need in just a few hours.

Length: 3 weeks/ 3 hours a week

8. Optimizing Diversity on Teams, Coursera

As they say, the best decisions are made when a diverse set of voices are in the room. Here’s how you can maximize your teams so that everyone’s opinions are heard and your team is being inclusive so it can thrive.

Note: This course is free to audit.

Length: 4 weeks/ 2-4 hours a week

9. eLesson: Unconscious Bias, Microsoft

Microsoft has its own training course on unconscious bias that managers and employees alike can take. Mostly in text and question form, this is a great overview of how diversity impacts business, innovation, and employee productivity and happiness.

Length: Self-paced


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