Diversity Equity and Inclusion workshops and courses that I’m excited about

Tara Robertson
2 min readNov 11, 2020
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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is a growing business. There are numerous DEI tech startups, DEI companies, DEI consultants and DEI certifications. I’ve been underwhelmed by the certifications offered by academic institutions as they are overly theoretical and don’t seem to equip learners with practical skills to do DEI work. Here are some trainings and workshops that are coming up that I’m excited about.

On October 23rd Paradigm’s Joelle Emerson, Dr. Evelyn Carter, and Courri Brady are offering a 1 hour free webinar on Creating Your 2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy.

Dereca Blackmon’s Inclusive Mindset for Committed Allies (free if you have LinkedIn Premium, unsure of the pricing if you don’t.) Dereca is the CEO of Inclusion Design Group and the former Assistant Vice Provost and Executive Director, Diversity and Inclusion Office at Stanford. She’s a dynamic speaker and I imagine this will be good. This 1 hour class is asynchronous, so you can do it at your own pace.

Nicole Sanchez’s Building a More Inclusive Workplace: A 5-week series for measuring and improving DEI at your company (in partnership with O’Reilly. Nicole is the Founder and CEO of Vaya consulting and has been the VP of Social Impact at GitHub and a lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She is a thought leader and practitioner I admire. This class starts on November 3 and runs for 5 weeks, once a week. O’Reilly offers monthly or yearly subscriptions to their learning platform, so as an individual you would need to pay $49USD for for 2 months).

Dr. Dori Tunstall is offering Hiring for Decolonization, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Creative Industries Micro-Certification ($675 CAD or ~$515 USD) through OCAD U’s Continuing Studies department. Dori has been a leader at OCAD in effectively using cluster hires to shift increase the number of Black and Indigenous faculty and to start to shift the culture of the university. This class starts on November 18th and runs for 5 weeks, once a week synchronously with 3 optional synchronous sessions for students to share their work with each other.

What other trainings would you recommend?



Tara Robertson

diversity, equity, inclusion in tech, accessibility advocate, rogue librarian