Free EDI in the Workplace Certificate at USF

EDI in the workplace

Are you wanting to learn more about equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI)? The University of South Florida (USF) is offering a free EDI in the workplace certificate.

USF Muma College of Business is offering a free, seven-week Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace certificate program.

It will begin March 24 and runs through May 5. The program consists of seven two-hour modules, aired live on Wednesdays from 5 to 7 pm. ET. Participants have two weeks to view the recorded session. Plus, the program is open to the public.

Alexis Mootoo, the assistant vice president of Resource Management and Development at USF, explained how the program came about. “Dr. Moez Limayem, Lynn Pippinger — the dean of the Muma College of Business — and leaders from Jabil and the Tampa Bay Lightning understood the need for a program that would address issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace,” said Mootoo. “They endorsed a framework for the program and have recruited guest speakers for each module.”

The 100% online program looks to teach participants a number of items on EDI in the workplace:

  • Emotional intelligence.
  • Stereotypes and biases.
  • Understanding their organization.
  • The future of their organization through diversity and inclusion lens.
  • Recruitment and retention.
  • Community outreach.
  • Sustainable business model.

“Program participants will be guided through a range of lesson plans created to enhance their emotional intelligence and understand bias, including bias within themselves,” shared Mootoo. “The modules will help companies shift from awareness to action to ensure diversity and inclusion are included within the organization’s long-term focus and objectives. Participants will gain skills to perform organizational assessments and create detailed plans for inclusive change.”

Geared toward human resources professionals and C-suite leaders, those who complete the program will receive a digital certificate and a Credly badge that can be displayed on LinkedIn. Plus, it qualifies for 1.4 CEUs from the university.

All in all, there is no better time to make sure you’re as knowledgeable as you can be about EID in the workplace.

Advanced registration is required. You can register here for free.

Heather Hartmann is the editor for Campus Rec Magazine. She can be reached at

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