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Aug. 29, 2013 Volume 35, No. 2

Online diversity course for MU staff and faculty

The Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative has developed an online diversity course for faculty and staff. 

The course is a highly interactive introduction to diversity, particularly as it pertains to working at MU. A core aspect of the course design is peer-to-peer learning through discussion boards in order to draw upon the rich and diverse experiences of colleagues across campus. Other aspects of the class include videos, a reflection journal and self-guided activities.

The free course takes four weeks to complete. The next sessions are Sept. 5–Oct. 6 and Oct. 17–Nov. 17. Classes are limited to 15 participants. 

Participants should expect to spend up to three hours a week completing course requirements.  

Those who complete all assignments within the time frame will receive a certificate of completion from the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative. 

Marlo Goldstein Hode, CDI’s graduate coordinator of programming and professional development, said that by course’s end, participants will understand

• the different ways diversity is understood and approached in the workplace;

• the relevance and meanings of diversity to individuals, groups, organizations, society and the world;

• fundamental diversity issues such as identity, difference, privilege and bias;

• the three key diversity competence skills. 

Sign up at For more information call Goldstein at 882-2714, or email her at