Dimensions of Diversity

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Dimensions of Diversity is a program designed to engage professionals in better understanding these key categories of difference through a global exploration of cultures and contexts.

Explore the Dimensions

Study each dimension of diversity with eminent University of Chicago scholars and practitioners. Weekly lectures feature faculty from the University’s Harris School of Public Policy, Divinity School, and Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, as well as executives from a wide array of businesses and institutions ranging from Stitch Fix to United Way.


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.

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.

The UChicago Distinction

Students enjoy a host of distinctive classroom components. All instructional staff are experienced in facilitating discussions steeped in 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.

To apply, please click here, then fill out and submit the application form.

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 three main goals. The first is to understand definitions of race, class, worldview, disability, gender, and sexuality. Our second goal is the exploration of 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. Our third goal is to increase the ease in which participants can converse with peers and others about the dimensions.

This program meets twice a week. Lectures and panels will be hosted on Mondays from October 3 to December 5 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. via zoom. Discussion sessions, offered throughout the rest of the week, will be selected upon registration (for accepted students). 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.
  • 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 $895 for selected cohort members.

If you would like to be considered for scholarship support to cover part of the cost, please indicate that need in the seminar application.

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

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