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Developing Across Differences: Collaborative DEI

Advanced diversity, equity and inclusion approaches that use collaboration for organisational and social impact
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Collaborative DEI—internally across all elements of the organisation and externally with customers and other stakeholders—serves two mutually reinforcing purposes that allow organisations to model what they aspire to achieve.

Join this course so you, together with all stakeholders, can better participatively develop collaborative DEI strategies that align with evidence-based DEI best practices.

Why Attend?

Organisations can implement DEI initiatives in an attempt to actually make an impact…or simply to be seen as making an impact. In the case of the latter, organisations are half-heartedly paying lip service to DEI while creating none to little real positive outcome.

For organisations serious about making their environments more equitable by understanding and leveraging diversity and promoting inclusion, DEI works best when it is a collaborative undertaking across the entire organisation. This has an additional benefit of allowing organisations to improve how they work cross functionally and in different configurations.

In this two-day course, you will examine six crucial steps for collaborative DEI, from following a systemic process and roadmap to guide the DEI journey and create sustainability to integrating diverse values into the culture, systems, and policies of an organisation.

Join this course to help your organisation—or those of your clients if you are an external consultant—gain tools for:

  • Self-awareness and introspection on blind-spots related to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion,
  • Creating an inclusive culture using the 15 different categories in the Global Diversity Equity & Inclusion Benchmarks,
  • Personal commitments and concrete action planning to foster greater inclusion.
Practical information
Dates & location

10 - 11 July 2024

Academy Building (Broerstraat 5) or Harmonie Building (Oude Kijk in Het Jatstraat 26)



May be appropriate for some MA students; contact the organisers for consultation about eligibility


€ 995
(includes course and materials, optional evening programming)

Academic coordinators

Nene Molefi

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Level requirements

The DAD is for multipliers who help individuals, organizations and societies better recognize, appreciate and use differences as a way of better communicating, working and thriving together.

These are (in-house and external) trainers, educators, consultants, coaches, researchers, scholars, facilitators, HR staff, advanced-level (MA+) students, and professional development specialists with 5+ years of experience/study in the greater Differences field. Contact the organisers at ic or info for consultation about appropriateness and eligibility.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Participant profile

This course is for you if are a consultant/trainer/multiplier/educator with 5 or more years of experience in the greater Differences field who:

  • Leads or significantly supports the planning and/or implementation of an intercultural development training or education initiative for a corporation, educational institution, governmental department, healthcare facility, NGO or similar.
  • Already understands the fundamentals of intercultural competence with emphasis on individual level development and are ready to go further.
Learning outcomes

In this course, you will learn how to help yourself and those you work with so that you/they can better:

  1. Appreciate the concepts of Rank, Power and Privilege and how one can use rank positively to effect change and advance DEI.
  2. Recognise the impact of Unconscious Bias and the words leaders use (intent vs impact).
  3. Understand the importance of inner (individual) work as a foundation for leading inclusively.
  4. Identify and discuss barriers to leading inclusively and to develop individual and group commitments to address these barriers.
  5. Integrate a ‘Head, Heart and Hands’ approach in leading transformation, diversity, and inclusion.
  6. Work holistically and collaboratively on DEI within an organisation across functionals and departments.


12 hours of in-class learning and active participation using experiential methods.

 Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 12 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Course schedule

Sunday, 7 July
15.00-18.00 Optional networking event

Wednesday, 10 July - Thursday, 11 July
09.00 - 17.30

Learning approach

We will use a highly interactive, hands-on approach in which you’ll learn the theory and then try out various practices and tools to address a real workplace challenge which you’ll actively work on with your peers to discuss and share how you would approach such a challenge using a holistic approach to DEI.

Introduction to lecturer

Nene Molefi
South Africa-based Nene Molefi is recognized internationally for her work leading large-scale organisational culture initiatives in which corporations and government entities successfully transform themselves to diversity their (senior) stakeholder makeup while also promoting inclusion and greater equity.

Nene is co-author of the widely acclaimed Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion BenchmarksTM, serves on the board of The Centre for Global Inclusion, has been named in INSEAD’s Global Talent Competitiveness Index as an international thought leader on Diversity and Inclusion, and is an advisor to the Auditor General of South Africa.

In addition to her company’s consulting work, she has facilitated dialogue sessions and courageous conversations with boards, executive committees & senior leadership around the world clients such as Google, Estée Lauder, TotalEnergies, Volkswagen, GlaxoSmithKline, and DeBeers. She is known for helping participants navigate the difficult terrain of race and intersectionality in society and their workplace.

Faculty statement: "I use dialogue to show leaders how to lead equitably and inclusively in meeting their organizational objectives and advance social cohesion."

Application procedure
Deadline for applicatio

Registration closes on 1 July 2024.

Date of selection

Within 72 hours following registration, you will be contacted directly by the organisers about your application.

Participants submit payment and details about their interest at the link below (click the "Apply now!" button). They will be contacted directly by the organisers about their experience and the suitability of the course.

Please note that as all courses are subject to meeting minimum enrolments, the DAD team will confirm on or before 17 May 2024 that your course is taking place. We strongly advise you not to book non-refundable travel until you have received this confirmation. In all cases, refunds for courses are not available except in the case of course cancellation by the DAD organisers. In the case that your preferred course is cancelled, you are welcomed to enroll in an alternative course or request a refund. You will be notified on or before 17 May 2024 if the DAD course is cancelled. This policy is different from that of other University of Groningen Summer School and Language Centre courses. Full details are available on the Developing Across Differences (DAD) Learning Lab & Community Week Terms and Conditions page.

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