Course Description

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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. At the end of this course, 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 four modules.


Module 1: Human Rights Laws and Hiring for Decolonization, Diversity, and Inclusion
Module 2: Dismantling Systemic Exclusion in Traditional Hiring
Module 3: Bias and the “Bro-Code”: Cultural Calls and No ‘Fits’
Module 4: Embedding the Principles of Hiring for Decolonization, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Your Organization

This course includes weekly optional synchronous online meetings for discussions.

Learning Outcomes:
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.

*This micro-credential is approved for OSAP assistance. Please visit the Financial Aid and Awards website for more details about the eligibility criteria and application process.

Earning Your Micro-credential Badge

As part of the modules in each micro-credential, you will complete assignments and exercises outlined in each micro-credential. These build towards the required evidence for each micro-credential that is submitted at the end of the micro-credential modules.

Successfully demonstrated application the key outcomes as part of the required evidencing will be recognized with a digital badge for the specific micro-credential. A link to the badge will be sent via email that can be added to resumes and posted on social media platforms.

What is a micro-credential?

Micro-credential is a new model that uses short, focused credentials to verify mastery of a skill or competency, and is designed to target high-demand skills, leading to faster hiring.

The process offers a digital credential, which is the official certification of the acquisition of an individual’s skills or capabilities. It is awarded in a digital form, which is verified, secure and shareable with peers, employers and educational providers.

Why micro-credentials now?

Micro-credentials can be used to recognize both vertical and transversal skills. Coupled with the in-depth learning obtained in a field of study, micro-credentials can be used to present a more holistic view of an individual’s abilities and achievements.

In today’s fast-changing workforce and emerging gig economy, a nimble recognition system is essential for both professionals and employers, who are increasingly moving towards skill or competency-based hiring.

To learn more about micro-credentials, please visit the eCampusOntario website.


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Section Title
Hiring for Decolonization, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Creative Industries Micro-credential
Apr 15, 2024 to May 12, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $600.00
Additional Fee(s)
Adobe CC $216.00 Optional
Required Software/Supplies
Regular access to a computer with a high speed broadband internet connection is required.
Section Notes

Online courses are delivered through a series of asynchronous 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 a Continuing Studies online course at OCAD U.

Important: Online courses have firm start and end dates. Each assignment has its own deadline. Extensions are not granted.

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://canvascloud.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

After enrolling in a course, please allow up to 5 hours for your student data to migrate to Canvas.

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.