On-demand Course

Diversity and Inclusion Online Course

Learn how to embrace diversity and inclusion in your day-to-day work: Hire differently, work differently, collaborate differently.

Course overview

Are you an inclusive manager? Have you been wondering what diversity is beyond race, colour, gender and the other “obvious” aspects of diversity? Are you curious about the history of Diversity? Do you want to get some practical tips and useful strategies to apply Diversity at work as an employer, employee or a colleague? Would you like to learn more about Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) but have no time to follow a live course?

If it is a yes for one or more of those questions, then this online self-paced course is for you!

The goal of D&I is to give everyone the chance to contribute to their organisation’s work while not suppressing or neglecting any aspect of their identity.

This course aims to provide you with a theoretical background on the topic in addition to strategies and practices to use in work-related situations you are facing or might experience in the future. After this course you will be empowered with relevant knowledge related to D&I to apply to your daily practice as a hiring manager, as an employee and as a citizen in society. Through the 4 modules of the course, you will be introduced to the more critical aspects of diversity and inclusion.

The course is hosted on Digital Society School’s virtual learning platform.

The course is designed to allow you maximum flexibility to go through the content at your own time and pace.

Format of the course

  • MODULE 1: Framing and Context
    In this session you will learn about one work-frame of diversity and you will put it into practice. You will also learn about the history of "diversity" as we know it nowadays and how it came about. We will examine how it developed differently in various geographical and political systems. The role of the feminist movement and higher education in the diversity discussion will be brought up as well.
  • MODULE 2: Bias and Identify
    Bias is an important element in the diversity and inclusion discussion. Sometimes it is the only point focused on for its importance. Identity gets less attention, but it is as important. Identity in a way is the backbone for bias when discussing diversity and inclusion. In this session we will learn about the relationship between bias and identity.
  • MODULE 3: The Case For and Against D&I plus Best Practices
    Now that we understand the frame and the different types of diversity; how can we put it into practice? In this session we will learn and about the case for/against diversity (including the business case), why inclusivity can be hard and the training of D&I, good and less good practices.
  • MODULE 4: Hands-on Leadership D&I
    The main 2 questions this session is answering: How to lead a diverse team? How to lead in the context of D&I?

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the course, participants should be able to understand:

  • How the concept of D&I was born and developed.
  • The connection between diversity and identity.
  • The difference between lack of inclusivity and discrimination.
  • The connection between power relations, sense of belonging (in a team) and empowerment.
  • The types and layers of diversity and how it can be capitalized to benefit everyone.
  • Other concepts to lay the ground for the strategies and practices to help you incorporate D&I into your daily work.


A certificate of completion issued by Digital Society School (part of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) will be sent to successful participants who complete all modules of the course.

For whom is this course?

  • Someone who wants to know about diversity and dive a bit deeper into the topic.
  • Is curious about when and how the Diversity & Inclusion movement all started, the different layers of diversity beyond race, gender and cultural background.
  • Wants to understand the past and current role of higher education when it comes to diversity.
  • Is in recruitment (e.g in HR or a manager) and what to get some practical solutions beyond the theory.


The course is designed to be self-paced, which means you can start and stop the course at your own time and pace. It is also designed to guide you into the topic of D&I step by step. Therefore, you will be learning about the theoretical part first and based on the theory we go into more practical strategies and tips relate it to your work and daily lives.

Our goal is to create a safe learning environment which can bring you the most out of this course. Our instructor, Sobhi Khatib, would be glad to answer any questions you might have about the course. In case of any questions or if you would like more resources, please write him via LinkedIn or at s.khatib@hva.nl .

Covered Digital Society School competencies

  • Interdisciplinary system thinking
  • Collaboration and co-creation
  • Adaptive learning

Meet the course instructors

Sobhi Khatib

has worked with over 70 organisations across different sectors to assist them with advancing their storytelling, inclusivity, communications, strategy and innovation. To name a few of the organisations Sobhi has worked with: Aljazeera, Netflix, United Nations, Amnesty International and many others. Currently, Sobhi is Programme Manager at Digital Society School (track Systems for Sharing, focusing on system thinking, technology and public values) and a senior lecturer-researcher at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. In addition, he is a storyteller, facilitator and a speaker. Sobhi has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (Derby University, UK) and has obtained a Master’s degree in Human Rights & Conflict Management (Sant’Anna University, Italy).