COMMLD 543: Leadership Approaches to Equity Initiatives in Organizations

Course Description:

This leadership development course supports and challenges students to grow intra-personally in order to more effectively communicate and collaborate to change organizational systems and cultural norms toward greater equity, justice, diversity, access, belonging, and inclusion.  

The course is designed to meet students where they are and coach for growth in self-awareness, communication skills, and comprehension of equity concepts. Students learn interactively together in order to explore interconnections among dimensions of our intersectional identities and experiences of power, as well as developing our collective understanding of how organizations, and the people within them, function within larger societal systems of power. 

The course is structured along dual tracks of shared equity related content learning and individual-specific focused topical learning. Over the quarter, students transform their understanding of their identities and agency, gain confidence for communicating about often-taboo topics, experience iterative reflection as a social justice practice, and expand their comprehension of the distinct roles of individuals, groups, organizations, and societal structures in making genuine system change.