About this Course
This course is open to professionals interested in learning more about leadership in higher education for a changing demographic or interested in developing their own leadership skills. The very idea that individuals can be taught to lead is not without its skeptics. Reasonable people, even some scholars in the field, point to the important traits, skills, and attributes that are observed in many visible leaders and contend that certain qualities necessary for effective leadership are not easily transmitted. To accept this premise and conclude that some people are born as natural leaders and others cannot be expected to lead at all is to make a mistake at the other end of the logical spectrum. We believe that leadership can be taught as long as it is concurrently nurtured, that most people possess a constellation of strengths around which they can construct their own leadership philosophy and approach, and that leadership development programming—if done well—can be transformative for organizers and participants. Course Level Objectives: Understand the historical narrative of institutions as well as institutional structures that have created instances of inclusion and exclusion in colleges and universities. Describe how transformational leadership is enacted for diversity, equity, and inclusion in a complex and contested environment. Compare legislative, governance, and public accountability and expectations in relation to contemporary issues in higher education. Analyze the strategic diversity planning process and documents of a selected institution. Recommend innovations and opportunities for transformational change at various levels of the ecological model using the strategic diversity planning process as a tool.
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Approx. 14 hours to complete

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Intermediate Level

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Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 3 hours/week
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English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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3 hours to complete

Leadership Challenges of the 21st Century

The system of higher education has grown from a complex history and evolving mission to serve the public good. Higher education leaders and administrators should reflect upon and consider this history and its implications for equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts on campus. This module will help you to recognize historical narratives and present day consequences on campus, from the way students are admitted to the buildings on campus. ...
Reading
10 videos (Total 103 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video10 videos
Leading Toward Greater Inclusion, Diversity & Equity In Our Institutions & Society Part 112m
Leading Toward Greater Inclusion, Diversity & Equity In Our Institutions & Society Part 29m
Leadership & The Diversity-Inclusion Paradox13m
Leading Towards Equity13m
Map Exercise6m
Our Culture of Creating Knowledge14m
Tools for Developing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion11m
Past Decisions with Modern Impact2m
Defining Knowledge, Tools & Courage5m
Reading2 readings
Module 1 Overview5m
Help us learn more about you!10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Discussion Participation1m
Campus Map Labeling Activity & Discussion Participation1m

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Section
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3 hours to complete

Bias of Consciousness

Higher education institutions have been shaped through a history of exclusion. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Women's Colleges, and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) are a few examples of these institutions. This module will help you to understand the various structures, schools, and organizations that have developed as a result of historical exclusion and the role each plays in equity, diversity, and inclusion on campuses across the United States....
Reading
4 videos (Total 63 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
A Word Regarding HBCUs36m
Institutional Type Leaders in Action: Part I10m
Knowledge, Tools, Courage4m
Reading6 readings
Module 2 Overview5m
Video: Long Beach City College - "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference" - Keynote Speaker: Daryl G. Smith 201235m
The Drama of Diversity and Democracy: Higher Education and American Commitments40m
Op-Ed: The Missing Students of Color and the Rest of Us10m
Dr. Betty Overton-Adkins10m
Video: The history and importance of the HBCU experience12m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Discussion Participation1m

3

Section
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2 hours to complete

Contested Discourse

Social discourse is intertwined with modern issues faced by students on campus. Student movements develop in response to contested discourse and seek to change not only tensions on campus, but address social inequities as well. This module will provide background on contested discourse as well as highlight several student movements addressing contemporary campus issues. ...
Reading
1 video (Total 3 min), 9 readings, 1 quiz
Reading9 readings
Module 3 Overview5m
Video: Dog Whistle Politics18m
Racial Tension and Protests on Campuses Across the Country20m
Have We Learned Anything From the Columbia Rape Case?20m
I Too Am Harvard10m
Undocumented & Unafraid Movement5m
Video: Being Black at UCLA5m
Colleges need a language shift, but not the one you think10m
‘Political correctness’ has become a codeword for hate10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Student Voices Discussion Participation1m

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Section
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7 hours to complete

Strategic Diversity Planning

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Reading
4 videos (Total 100 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Student Impact: Making Voices Heard1m
Introduction to the U-M Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Plan: Watch from 33:16 to 1:02:5030m
University of Michigan Strategic Diversity Plan3m
Reading4 readings
Module 4 Overview5m
School of Education Strategic Diversity Plan30m
Enacting Diverse Learning Environments20m
Making Diversity Work on Campus: A Research-Based Perspective10m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Rethinking Leaders, Leadership and Leadership Development

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Reading
4 videos (Total 33 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Rethinking Leadership through Personal Timelines4m
A Discussion of Leadership Theory15m
Institutional Type Leaders in Action: Part II8m
Reading6 readings
Module 5 Overview5m
Dr. Peter G. Northouse10m
Video: About the Role of Chief Diversity Officer10m
An Examination of Strategic Diversity Plans and Processes at Select Research Institutions10m
Optional Readings in Diversity and Leadership10m
Post-Course Survey10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Personal Timeline Activity & Discussion Participation4m
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Top Reviews

By SPAug 23rd 2017

This is must take class for anyone in Higher Education! Learn more about diversity! So relevant for everything going on in the world today!

By SLMay 4th 2018

Excellent course for anyone in, or preparing for, a leadership position in higher education.

Instructor

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Dr. John C. Burkhardt

Professor of Clinical Practice, Special Assistant to the Provost for University Engagement

About University of Michigan

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future....

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