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Diversity and inclusion in the workplace
Diversity and inclusion in the workplace

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This free course was written by Liz Smith, with contributions from Ayesha Peeran, Emma Laws, Julie Boak and Jennifer Adamson from The Open University Careers and Employability Services.

Critical review of the course was by Roberta Davies, EDI Learning and Development Officer and Khadija Patel, Partnerships Manager, The Open University.

With special thanks to Asif Sadiq, Craig Pemblington, Mark Ealing, Sophie Washington and Yusuf Nagdi for sharing their knowledge and experience of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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The material acknowledged below is Proprietary and used under licence (not subject to Creative Commons Licence). Grateful acknowledgement is made to the following sources for permission to reproduce material in this free course:

Course image: Prostock-Studio; Getty Images

1: Unconscious bias: designer491; Getty Images

2: Privilege: monstArrr_; Getty Images

3: Microaggressions: Motortion; Getty Images

5: Why diversity and inclusion initiatives fail: Kira-Yan; Getty Images

6: Diversity fatigue: Prostock-Studio; Getty Images

7: Other barriers: Nadiinko; Getty Images


Video 2: Unconscious Biases- Democratic Society UK© Demsoc

Video 4: Micro Aggressions - what you need to know: © Imperial College London

Video 6: How to get over your fear of talking about diversity: courtesy of BIE Executive and Aggie Mutuma, CEO of Mahogany Partners

Video 7: Emotional Intelligence: Conflict Avoidance and Why Diversity and Inclusion Keeps Failing: courtesy of Eyes Up Training Limited

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