Course Description

This micro-certification will be taught by  Dr. Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall,  Dean of Design at OCAD U. Participants will learn how to create decolonizing, diverse, and inclusive processes to hire Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour job candidates in the creative industries. Participants will be able to use human rights laws to justify their hiring programs, build relationships with communities to tap into existing pipelines, write a position description that speaks to diverse candidates, create qualification standards that account for systemic exclusion, and set up structures for achieving critical mass. This course will have readings, exercises and applications organized into five modules.


Module 1: Human Rights Laws and Hiring for Decolonization, Diversity, and Inclusion
Module 2: Where are the Indigenous, Black, and POC Creatives? Not where you are.
Module 3: Write a Position Description that Speaks to Diverse Candidates’ Interests, Not Yours
Module 4: Systemic Exclusion Means There is No Diversity and a Cultural Fit
Module 5: Reach Critical Mass When Diverse Employees Tell You So

Upon the successful completion, participants will have gained skills to:

  • Employ human rights laws to prioritize the hiring of Indigenous, Black, and POC candidates.
  • Identify non-traditional sites and methods for recruiting diverse candidates.
  • Evaluate and re-write a position description to resonate with the interests of diverse communities.
  • Consider how systemic exclusion affects the biases in qualification standards.
  • Develop a plan to get to the critical mass of diverse employees in organizations or firms.

Please note that courses may fill up early or be cancelled due to low enrollment. Students are encouraged to register early, at least ten (10) days prior to the start date of the course.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates


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Section Title
Hiring for Decolonization, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Creative Industries Micro-Certification
Nov 18, 2020 to Dec 16, 2020
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $675.00
Required Software/Supplies
Regular access to a computer with a high speed broadband internet connection is required. For online Adobe classes, students are responsible for purchasing their own software for class. Trial versions of the software are sometimes available on the company website, but at this time there are no discounts available for Continuing Studies students.
Section Notes

Online courses are delivered through a series of tutorials and related assignments which students may complete at their own pace on our Learning Management System, Canvas. The instructor is available throughout the course time period for questions and discussions. Learn more about what to expect in an online course at OCAD U

As a Continuing Studies student, you will receive an OCAD U user account, which will grant you access to our online learning management system, Canvas, and our on-campus WiFi network. Your Canvas account will be enabled one week prior to the start date of your course. Please log in at https://canvas.ocadu.ca. If you do not know your OCAD U User ID, please check your registration confirmation email. You can reset your password here: https://login.ocadu.ca/forgot. If you need further help, please contact us at continuingstudies@ocadu.ca