Building DEI in Environmental Organizations


Major social and political events in recent years have sparked discourse in both the public and private sectors about the need for greater diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. The environmental industry is no different. An analysis of those employed as environmental scientists in the U.S. shows that the vast majority are white (86.8%) and male (61.7%), indicating an opportunity to advance efforts for diversity and equity to help create a more inclusive and productive industry.

In this course designed for leaders, HR managers and other professionals working within environmental and related industries, you’ll learn how to build authentic, sustainable and equitable DEI solutions in the workplace. Through lectures, course readings and live online discussions, you’ll explore how to build an effective equity and DEI plan; assess DEI outcomes for your organization; develop and lead successful DEI committees; and create a compelling narrative to promote the importance of DEI efforts and results to investors, leaders and other stakeholders within your organization. By the end of this course, you will possess the understanding and tools to develop strong DEI structures that will lead to positive growth and systemic change within your environmental organization.

Learning Outcomes

  • Distinguish between unconscious and implicit bias
  • Define and differentiate diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Appraise organization equity when accessing resources
  • Develop systemic structures that acknowledge and honor cultural differences
  • Construct a company mission that models inclusive practices
  • Find, address and resolve historical bias within your organization

Skills You Will Gain

  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Conflict management
  • Leadership in the promotion of DEI
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Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

This is an online, remote learning course, which consists of content and curriculum that is taught with pre-recorded and real time lectures, in addition to real-time lecture/Q&A sessions with the instructors. Pre-recorded lectures and live sessions are accessed via our Canvas learning system and Zoom. 

This course is open October 9 – October 13, with a live session on October 13 2:00-4:00PM PT. 

Attendance of the live session is mandatory to receive credit for this course. 

We allow registration through the 12:00 PM PST (noon) on the first day of the course. We cannot extend course access beyond 11:59 PM on last day of class, so students pursuing a late enrollment acknowledge that they will have less time to complete the materials. Please contact the course representative with any questions. 

Refund Deadline: October 2, 2023.  Refunds and/or enrollment transfers will not be approved after this date.

Enrollment Policies

Drop requests (withdraw with a refund) will be approved, less a $30 processing fee, if the request is received seven calendar days before the course begins. Click here to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.

Refund Deadline: 10/02/23.  Refunds and/or enrollment transfers will not be approved after this date.



Members can receive 10% discount on the course fee by entering the Coupon Code.  If you don’t have your association discount code, contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.