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HR 515 Workforce Diversity

Manage the dynamic of difference.

8 weeks

The increasingly diverse nature of the U.S. workforce demands that human resource professionals increase self-awareness and understanding in order to see diversity as a competitive advantage. In HR 515 Workforce Diversity, you’ll learn to better appreciate and recognize the talents that exist within a diverse workforce.

Course Overview

The Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Code of Ethics provides a foundation for understanding the underpinnings of ethical practice as it relates to diversity. As you explore the principle ideas involved in defining and understanding diversity, you’ll gain insight into why organizations resist it. You’ll then consider ways to convince a reluctant organization to consider expending resources to develop a diverse and talented workforce. You’ll also analyze how the legal underpinnings fit within the larger framework of an inclusive workplace, focusing on Title VII and its amendments with an emphasis on “Protected Classes” and selected case law.

Why are conversations about race between cross-race mentors and mentees necessary?

Discuss this and more in HR 515.

Understanding employee resource groups and external groups is critical to diversity initiatives. To further your understanding, you’ll make arrangements to explore a local community organization that assists human resource professionals with their diversity planning. You’ll explore the seven components of diversity and see how to incorporate diversity into the mainstream of the organization. You’ll also appreciate the importance of developing external partnerships that will assist in establishing a talented and diverse workforce.

Societal views of the LGBTQ community have changed over the past few decades and continue to evolve. You’ll explore the relationship between members of the LGBTQ community and the workforce and analyze the changing and current legislation regarding employment. You’ll also appreciate the unique issues related to transgender employees in the workplace.

Sample Assignment

You’ll identify one community resource of interest and conduct an in-person interview and tour, then present your impressions of the experience to the class.

Part of a human resource professional’s role is to protect the rights of men and women in the workplace. You’ll learn to recognize the off- and on-ramp features that women experience so that you can retain a diverse and talented workforce. As you explore the disability rights movement, you’ll look at factors concerning employment of people with disabilities. A diverse workforce usually includes people of different races/national origins. You’ll analyze the concept of micro-aggressions as you seek to improve your organization’s cross-race mentoring practices. You’ll also identify the factors that are causing the rising number of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaints.

Sample Course Topics

Throughout each week of the course, you will focus on a core topic or theme. Sample topics are listed below and are subject to change based on the instructor.

  • Diversity in the Workforce — Theoretical and Pedagogical Perspectives
  • Diversity in the Workforce — A Legal Perspective
  • Diversity Management as Systemic
  • Gender
  • Race and National Origin
  • Age/Religion and Spirituality
  • Sexual Orientation and Identity
  • Disability

What You’ll Learn

In HR 515, you’ll examine the importance of diversity in today’s workforce.

  • Be fluent in diversity-related terminology and concepts.
  • Know fundamental principles, theories, and practices associated with workforce diversity.
  • Apply course-related knowledge and materials to improve critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making.
  • Further develop your communication skills.
  • Acquire or further develop your skills in working with others as a member of a team.
  • Discover implications of the course for understanding yourself.

Learn More

In HR 515, you’ll explore diversity in the workplace to better recognize the untapped potential of people from diverse backgrounds. For more information about The University of Scranton’s online Master of Science in Human Resources degree, request more information or call us today toll-free at (866) 373-9547.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change as course and student needs change over time.