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Rotman Inclusion by Design

Innovate for equity, diversity, and inclusion with evidence, behavioural insights, and business design.

Rotman brings a new approach to designing inclusive workplaces.

Achieving inclusion is a top priority for most organizations today. However, despite system wide attempts to improve inclusion, there has been little tangible progress and poorly designed interventions have even resulted in unintended consequences. For example, some organizations that implemented mandatory diversity training had 6% fewer black women in management positions after five years. At the individual level, backlash effects can occur if trainees resent being selected for diversity training and view training as punishment for prior insensitive behaviour.

"As hard as we've worked to change stereotypes, they remain the same. What we need now is a hard look at the design of our systems. And there's no one-size-fits-all. We need to identify specific entrenched processes and structures that bake bias into our organizations– and remove them,"
Sonia Kang, Canada Research Chair in Identity, Diversity, and Inclusion »

To be successful, inclusion innovations need to be user-centric, easy to adopt and evidence-based. By understanding barriers to inclusion from a user-centric lens, we can better design policies and process that actually work.

Apply NowNOV 29-DEC 8, 2022 | $5,250 CAD + HST

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The First of Its Kind

There are breakthroughs available at the intersection of behavioural insights, data analytics and design thinking.

The Rotman School of Management combines the latest in inclusion research, behavioural insights, design, and data analytics to deliver a unique program to innovate for inclusion over 6 half-day sessions.

This program includes:
  • Why current initiatives fail
  • Real data on which practices work and which don't
  • Workshops on live challenges
  • Hands-on exercises designing new initiatives

Inclusion by Design is for leaders and organization looking for disruptive ways to design, implement, and evaluate inclusion practices that actually work. Whether it's hiring, retention, or compensation, use a new approach to move past acceptance to true inclusion so you can engage, energize, inspire, and benefit from diversity with greater success.

Flexible Learning Design during COVID-19

Don't feel alone while you learn online. We've designed this program to respect both the current challenges of working from home while maintaining and building connections with a class of your peers across different industries and organizations. You'll still enjoy the networking and learning benefits of our in-class programs while learning from the comfort of your own home with a schedule adapted to your current needs. In this virtual real-time experience, you'll develop trust, rapport, and inspired action with your colleagues.

What You Can Expect

Apply NowNOV 29-DEC 8, 2022 | $5,250 CAD + HST

"There is substantial research to show that diversity is linked with increased profitability, creativity and stronger governance. However, to achieve these results, D&I can't be a one-time campaign or a one-off initiative."
Avni Shah »

Application Process

Payment and Fee Reduction

HPRA Seal This program has been approved for 21 CPD hours under Section A of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Log of the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA).

This program can count towards earning your Excellence in Executive Leadership certificate. Join an elite circle of leaders building their own path to professional development and receive official recognition from the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management.


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Dates and fees

6 half-day sessions over 2 weeks

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November 29-December 8, 2022

Week 1: November 29-December 1, 2022
Week 2: December 6-8, 2022 

Class runs 9:30 AM-1:00 PM EST

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Participant profile:
Diversity and Inclusion experts, Human Resource professionals, and leaders looking to build inclusive teams and practices

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Inclusion by design: four Rotman experts on how to create better workplaces »

By now, the case for inclusion has been made: workplaces that embrace diverse perspectives and make employees feel like part of a cohesive team thrive. Inclusion is a win-win game, plain and simple.