George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

"Chief diversity officers have responsibility for guiding efforts to conceptualize, define, assess, nurture, and cultivate diversity as an institutional and educational resource. Although duties may include affirmative action/equal employment opportunity, or the constituent needs of minorities, women, and other bounded social identity groups, chief diversity officers define their mission as providing point and coordinating leadership for diversity issues institution-wide." - Diversity Officer Magazine - What Is a Chief Diversity Officer? : Higher Education Perspective

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Never has the role of chief diversity, inclusion, and equity been more important to the internal well-being and external reputation of companies and organizations as they seek to navigate existing challenges and to prepare for new ones. In partnership with a broad array of industry, government, and educational leaders in this field, this program will offer hands-on opportunities to create high-functioning DEI programs or evaluate existing ones, develop additional approaches and structures, and measure progress through the lens of all stakeholders with an eye toward anticipating rather than reacting to changes in this area. Finally, this program will assist participants in growing both a DEI culture and continued positive business outcomes.

Dates: October 18, 2021 – March 3, 2022

Cost: $8,500

Delivery: Hybrid - online and in-person at Mason Arlington Campus

Who Should Attend?

The ideal candidate has...

  • Experience as an organizational leader with a track record of leading DEI principles in the workplace culture. 
  • A collaborative approach to leadership. Exceptional problem-solving skills with the maturity to work with stakeholders at all levels and disciplines. 
  • Proven team-building skills that can transcend traditional power dynamics. 
  • Project management and change management capabilities include being able to recommend process improvements, system overhauls, and solutions toward greater efficiency and effectiveness. 
  • Sufficient quantitative skills and financial fluency to deploy a DEI-focused budget and to measure impacts. 
  • The ability to listen. 
  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent experience.

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Graduates of the CDEIO Program will be able to:

  • Act in a DEI leadership role at the executive level or for assisting and advising such an individual.
  • Clearly communicate their company or organization’s DEI vision and expectations.
  • Bring together all stakeholders into an effective DEI program that will enhance leadership credibility, employee belonging, and performance.
  • Add significant value to users of the company or organization’s products and services.
  • Understand effective strategies and structures to maintain growth in DEI and to anticipate and manage emerging challenges.

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Participants who complete the program will be given a Credly Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer Executive Certificate badge.

Constructs of Knowledge

  • DEI Analytics and Processes
  • Leadership and Culture
  • Transforming the Organization
  • Strategy and Strategic Thinking
  • Business Acumen