The Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation is committed to advancing knowledge in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion beyond NYU—to professional communities within and beyond NYU. Through our Executive Education programs, professionals can enroll in courses that examine inclusive leadership, mentorship, mitigating bias, strategic change, and more.
NYU Global Inclusive Leadership and Management Institute (GILMI) is a three part course which examines the role of inclusive leadership in advancing global inclusion, diversity, belonging, equity, and access (global IDBEA) within the work environment. Launched in Fall 2018, GILMI offers mid- and upper-level staff and administrators in managerial/leadership roles the opportunity to learn about research, leadership theories, and inclusive leadership best practices and to develop their own approach to creating inclusive workplace environments.
Many aspects of the workplace have shifted in recent years resulting from global disruption and transformation (such as COVID-19, global conflict and turmoil, systemic racism, and changing workplace trends). The disruptive force of the COVID-19 global pandemic, for example, has had a disproportionate impact on historically marginalized and minortized communities and has surfaced or exacerbated many pre-existing challenges to advancing GIDBEA within the workplace. Leaders must be open to a “new normal” where the work environment is dynamic and responsive to create a workplace setting that feels like a place in which employees can feel valued, respected, and empowered which leads to positive impacts across the department and organization (Morrow, 2014; Coleman, 2021).
To address shifting workplace trends, leaders and managers must consider new leadership perspectives including those based in action-oriented, adaptive, global, inclusive, reflective, and transformational leadership styles. Incorporating various inclusive leadership styles, leaders and managers will learn how leveraging the thinking of diverse employees increases idea formation and stronger decision making (Bourke & Dillon, 2016). Employees who feel a greater sense of workplace belonging and inclusion yield increased innovation in ideas, processes, and solutions (Prime & Salib, 2014). Ultimately, diversity is a competitive differentiator. Companies and organizations in the top quartile for employee diversity outperform those who are at the bottom (Rawat, 2018). In the coming decade, as the demographic entering the labor force becomes more diverse, how organizations treat employees will be pivotal to how productive and effective a workplace is (Grissom, 2018).
GILMI examines the challenges and opportunities resulting from global disruption and transformation and addresses how leaders and managers can be responsive in order to advance inclusive excellence within the workplace. GILMI participants will enhance their understanding of inclusive leadership frameworks and practices, engage with colleagues across NYU to identify strategies for creating inclusive environments, and reflect on their own leadership practices to develop an action plan for creating inclusive workplace environments for the teams they work with. Moreover, participants will learn how advancing GIDBEA is operationalized through developing people, creating and advancing new policies, expanding resources, and designing targeted programs.
Participants are expected to attend all three institute sessions in order to participate. There will be in class discussions, case studies, journal activities, and reflective assignments. Participants will be expected to complete readings and assignments as well to be eligible for a GILMI completion certificate. Completion of the Pilot Foundations for Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Excellence Module is required prior to the first session.
GILMI was launched in 2018 and has since been updated and offered to over 15 cohorts with more than 850 graduates within various departments and schools across NYU’s global community.