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Developing Across Differences: DEI & Key Tools to support a sustainable, measurable impact.

An introduction to the Global Diversity Equity & Inclusion Benchmarks (GDEIB)
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The Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Benchmarks (GDEIB) are the gold standard for organisations that are serious about benefiting from DEI efforts. Rather than “check box” quick fixes, it supports real change by addressing organisations holistically, looking at systems, structures and people. Explore the tool’s 275 proven best practices for standards of performance to help you transform your commitment to DEI into a measurable, sustainable reality.

Why should you attend?

Making a clear business case for DEI that all stakeholders contribute and buy into, the GDEIB: Standards for Organizations Around the World is not only a state-of-the-art organisational DEI mapping and assessment tool, but also serves as a comprehensive framework designed to help you define, direct and refine your DEI efforts over time.

It is used by groups as varied as Heineken (The Netherlands), IESEG School of Management (France), Zurich Insurance (Switzerland), Ernst & Young (Japan), NorQuest College (Canada), American Institutes for Research (USA) and NHS Employers (UK).

Join this workshop to better understand how your organisation, department or unit — or those you support — can successfully customise and use this freely available, expert-informed instrument (over 110 expert panelists from around the world have input into it).

This course, led by Nene Molefi, one of the GDEIB’s three co-authors, will provide with a thorough introduction to the tool, share case studies of how corporations and institutions in different global regions and sectors use it, and let you begin assessing your own organisation’s efforts.

Practical information

9 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


€ 560

includes course and materials, optional evening programming

Academic coordinators

Nene Molefi


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This course is for you if you are a:

● DEI consultant working at the organisational level

● Human Resources manager

● Chief Diversity Officer or staff member

● Transformation manager

● Equity manager

● Organisational leader at any level in the corporate, nonprofit and public sectors

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.

Course schedule

Sunday, 7 July
15.00-18.00 Optional networking event

Tuesday, 9 July

Course 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.

Learning outcomes

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

● Understand the breadth and depth of the GDEIB tool including its 4 groups, 15 categories and concrete action areas, and 275 total benchmarks, each at 5 levels

● Appreciate how the GDEIB can be used to 1) map current realities, 2) inform strategies to reach future goals, 3) qualify and quantify these goals, 4) gauge progress towards these, and 5) help recalibrate goals/strategy as needed on an ongoing basis while 6) engaging stakeholders in the process.

● See how the tool’s global design can be customised to suit your unique organisational circumstances no matter its location, sector, type or size


6 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 6 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.

Application procedure
Deadline for application

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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