G.D. in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

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 The School of Leadership, Ecology and Equity of the Faculty of Human Sciences at Saint Paul University offers a Graduate Diploma in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. This diploma is conferred jointly by the Senates of Saint Paul University and the University of Ottawa under the terms of the federation agreement between them.

 This diploma provides a professional development opportunity for established and emerging leaders who wish to engage in-depth reflection on power relations in organizations and on practices for making them more inclusive, particularly from the perspective of historically marginalized groups.

 Upon or near completion of the Graduate Diploma, students may apply for admission to the M.A. in Leadership, Ecology and Equity program. Once admitted, with the possibility of transferring units.


Career Opportunities

  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Professional
  • EDI Project Manager
  • EDI Manager or Advisor

Admission details

  • Enrollment: full-time or part-time.
  • Program length: five courses over one year full-time or two years part-time.
  • Program delivery: entirely online.
  • Languages: this program is offered in English and in French.

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This diploma is conferred jointly with the University of Ottawa.

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To be considered for admission, applicants must:

  1. An honour’s bachelor degree (4 years) or its equivalent in the humanities or social sciences, with an average of at least B (70%). In exceptional cases, candidates who do not meet this criterion may be considered if they can demonstrate to the admission committee that they possess adequate knowledge and professional experience in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. In some cases, the committee may require qualifying courses. 

  2. Provide the following documents:
    • a cover letter (maximum 500 words);
    • a curriculum vitae. 

  3. An interview with members of the admissions committee may be required.

Compulsory Courses (6 units)

HUM5115 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (3u)
HUM5116 Implementing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (3u)

Optional Courses (9 units)

9 units from:

HUM5104 Indigenous Spiritualities, Decolonization and Leadership (3u)
HUM5114 Leadership, Gender and Feminisms (3u)
HUM5122 Collaborative Leadership and Group Dynamics (3u)
HUM5125 Worldviews and Ecology (3u)
HUM5126 Sexual and Gender Diversity (3u)
HUM5127 Ethics, Ableism and Justice (3u)

HUM 5104 - Indigenous Spiritualities, Decolonization and Leadership (3u)

Study of Indigenous knowledge about spirituality and inclusive and interconnected leadership practices. Exploration of Indigenous ways of knowing, including intellectual and spiritual traditions and relationships to the living world. Implications for decolonizing settler societies.

HUM 5114 - Leadership, Gender and Feminisms (3u)

Study of the role of gender and its intersection with other identities in leadership. Critical and reflexive engagement with power structures through global feminist theories. Creative and democratizing approaches to transform collective beliefs, practices and policies.

HUM 5115 - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (3u)

Overview of the main diversity markers (e. g. culture, race, religion, age, social class, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, capacity) and power relations that define people as “others” in organizational settings. Explores strategies to challenge discrimination and foster diversity and inclusion in a transformative way.

HUM 5116 - Implementing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (3u)

Implementation of the EDI toolbox in a practice setting of the student's choice. Development of a diagnosis and an organizational action plan in dialogue with a support team. Deepening of reflective practice skills based on a personalized learning contract and sharing of experiences in coaching circles.

Graded S/NS.

HUM 5122 - Collaborative Leadership and Group Dynamics (3u)

Theoretical perspectives of group dynamics related to the practice of collaborative leadership and the development of skills for group facilitation and team leadership (including interpersonal communication and conflict resolution). Various methods, learning styles, growth processes and approaches explored for a variety of contexts.

HUM 5125 - Worldviews and Ecology (3u)

Exploration of historical, ecological, cultural and religious worldviews and their implications for the development of leadership and communities. Analysis of social contexts, cultural perspectives, social change in contemporary global settings with reference to social justice frameworks and socio-historical structures.

HUM 5126 - Sexual and Gender Diversity (3u)

Introduction to theories, constructs and social struggles around sexuality and gender identity. Intersectional exploration of the social, political and cultural implications of homophobia and transphobia in the lives of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities in Canada and beyond.

HUM 5127 - Ethics, Ableism and Justice (3u)

Review of the various models of disability and their implications for the social construction of disabled persons as deficient. Critical analyses of the implicit bias of ableism in contemporary theories of justice. Investigating solutions for a more inclusive society.

Contact Us

Office of the Associate Vice-Rector, Strategic Enrolment Management
Room 148
Saint Paul University
223 Main Street
Ottawa, ON
K1S 1C4

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Telephone: 613-236-1393
Fax: 613-782-3014

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Please leave your documents in the mailbox in front of room 148 when our offices are closed.

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