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    Executive Certificate: This program is a core program in the Public  Leadership concentration. This program can also be used as a third program for any concentration in the Executive Certificate series.

Program Overview

Diversity is an asset to any organization. It strengthens relations among employees, clients, and the community to drive greater overall impact across public, private, and nonprofit organizations.

Harvard Kennedy School's Promoting Racial Equity in the Workplace is a one-week Executive Education program that shows leaders how to increase diversity, inclusion, and racial equity for greater organizational effectiveness. It also examines how to foster relationships with diverse populations.

Join a global cohort for live online sessions led by Faculty Chair Dr. Robert Livingston and featuring an array of expert guest speakers. You will discover how to realize performance advantages by attracting the best and brightest while gaining a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the differences in your workforce and your community.

illustration of schedulePROGRAM CURRICULUM

Beginning with a conceptual overview, Promoting Racial Equity in the Workplace outlines the practical requirements for improving upon the diversity within your organization and building strategic communications skills to enhance interaction with diverse populations. Through exposure to cutting-edge, evidence-based research, you will gain insights into effective hiring, motivation, team building, innovation, and decision making.


Promoting Racial Equity in the Workplace outlines key concepts and strategies for enhancing diversity, inclusion, and racial equity, including:

  • Exploring surface versus deep diversity
  • Learning to recognize implicit bias and blind spots
  • Conducting effective conflict resolution
  • Creating common ground and bolstering trust
  • Building mission, motivation, and core values
  • Understanding technical versus adaptive challenges
  • Developing and implementing effective hiring strategies
  • Improving the decision-making process
  • Managing and leveraging diversity
  • Building better community relations

Application Information

The interactive online curriculum will be conducted through a mix of live faculty-led sessions, Monday to Friday, 1–5 p.m. ET, and asynchronous work. View a sample program schedule from a previous session. Note that module titles, speakers, and sequence may change.


“This [program] was a phenomenal week filled with inspiring and informative readings and insightful dialogue. It has helped me continue to grow as a thinker and practitioner in the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

Claudia Allen, Community Outreach Supervisor, Howard County
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Robert Livingston

Lecturer in Public Policy