In this online busniess specialization, you will engage in the process of examination, self-reflection, and action to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion (DEI) through a global lens. In the first course, you reflect on how your identity and background have shaped your thoughts, actions, and relationships with others while exploring the historical narratives and power structures that have shaped your environment. Next, you begin to build a toolkit that can be leveraged to create a transformational change through leadership in the workplace. Finally, you will work through what is next with what you have learned through this specialization and how to make lasting change for yourself and your interactions with others.

By completing this specialization, you will be able to:

  • Analyze the historical narrative of institutions and institutional structures that have shaped inclusion and exclusion in your environment
  • Assess how transformational leadership is enacted for DEI in a multifaceted and challenging global atmosphere
  • Critically examine and reflect on your identity, background, and experiences, and their impact on relationships between you and your environment
  • Investigate practical methods for integrating DEI in the workplace


  • Your World and What Shapes It
  • "Their" World and How You Define It
  • Our World and How To Accept It

This specialization can be taken for academic credit as part of CU Boulder’s Master of Engineering in Engineering Management (ME-EM) degree offered on the Coursera platform. The ME-EM is designed to help engineers, scientists, and technical professionals move into leadership and management roles in the engineering and technical sectors. With performance-based admissions and no application process, the ME-EM is ideal for individuals with a broad range of undergraduate education and/or professional experience. Learn more about the ME-EM program.

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