Dimensions of Diversity

The program offers an opportunity to study each of these dimensions of diversity with eminent University of Chicago scholars and hear from invited DEI business leaders on implementation strategies and best practices in the workplace. Upon completion, cohort members gain a deeper understanding key categories of difference through a global exploration of cultures and contexts. They are also issued a certificate of completion through Accredible.  

Explore the Dimensions

Study each dimension of diversity with eminent University of Chicago scholars and practitioners. Weekly lectures feature faculty from the University's Center for the Economics of Human Development, Center for the Public Understanding of Religion, Department of Comparable Human Development, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, and the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, as well as executives from a wide array of businesses and institutions. 

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Engage in Dialogue and Reflection

Explore the professional and personal aspects of the dimensions through reflection and Socratic dialogue with thoughtful peers, committed to open exchange. Opportunities to network with program peers are ample including on-line forums, weekly discussion sessions and career-focused round-tables. 

Envision a Better Future

Gain valuable insight into how to better engage the diversity in your organization in the future through an examination of research and case studies.

Advance Your Skills

Receive a Certification of Completion from the University of Chicago Graham School for completing the program, including attending all classes and submitting three personal reflection exercises. Certificates are issued via Accredible and include digital badges to showcase on your social media profiles. 

The UChicago Distinction

Students enjoy a host of distinctive classroom components. All instructional staff are experienced in facilitating discussions inspired by the Socratic Method. Small discussion sizes, typically 10-12 students, create the ideal setting for engaged learning and opportunities for equitable contribution. Seminar topics and teaching methodologies encourage the development of critical thinking skills.

The Dimensions of Diversity Course is open to lifelong learners seeking to better understand our world and to professionals who wish to expand their global understanding of human difference to better lead and excel.

Applications are currently closed. Please check back in early 2024 for information about our Spring session.

This program offers an introduction to key dimensions of diversity through weekly readings, lectures, group discussion and personal reflections on a wide cross-section of scholarship from across the University of Chicago and broader academic landscapes. We have four main goals:

  • Explore definitions of race, class, worldview, disability, gender and sexuality and their use in current scholarship.
  • Explore these diverse dimensions and their unique expressions across global contexts. While weekly lectures may pinpoint a certain cultural context or study, readings will offer global applications of each dimension.
  • Increase the ease in which participants can converse with peers and others about the dimensions. 
  • Uncover the importance and benefits of diversity engagements within a business context. 

This program meets twice a week. Lectures and panels will be hosted on Mondays from from 6 to 7:30 p.m. via zoom. Discussion sessions, offered throughout the rest of the week, will be selected upon registration. Students will be able to choose from the following options:

  • Tuesday, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

All sessions will be hosted in the Central Time Zone via Zoom.

The program has a fee of $1,500 for selected cohort members.

The University of Chicago Graham School is committed to offering financial assistance to help ensure that Dimensions of Diversity is accessible to individuals meeting program selection criteria and to reduce financial barriers for promising participants. If you would like to be considered for scholarship support to cover part of the cost, please indicate that need when completing the application.

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The Graham School is pleased to partner with executives from a wide array of businesses including inQUEST Consulting, in bringing the learning in the Dimensions of Diversity course back to workplaces across the country.

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