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global; environment management; UNPRME; diversity

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This class will introduce students to theoretical and practical ideas about diversity in organizations, increase understanding of the concept of diversity in organizations, reduce discrimination, and increase fairness and equality to employees, applicants, and customers. In this current work environment, cultivating an understanding of social justice and managing people for sustainability is imperative. It will improve students’ ability to understand and address diversity as a manager and employee with the intention of building new frameworks for people oriented responsible management. By taking this course you are joining many others in the world who endeavor to change our immediate surroundings for the better. To be specific, this course is aligned with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We focus on Goals 10 (Reduced Inequalities) and 16 (Promote Peaceful and Inclusive Societies).

Research relevant to organizations, and many functions within organizations including human resources (recruitment, selection, training and development, performance management and evaluation, safety and health, etc.), marketing, and customer relations will be discussed. We will study diversity issues in many different types of organizations. We will learn about historical bases of diversity in the United States and in U.S. organizations, about how to identify diversity concerns elsewhere, about legislation related to diversity, and about trends in diversity from a variety of sources. This is not a diversity-training course, although the knowledge from the course will be valuable for those interested in diversity training.