Human Rights & Diversity Certificate Program

Date and Time

Starts:10/21/2020 9:30 AM

Ends:10/30/2020 4:30 PM

Registration Closes:11/01/2020 1:00 PM

Event Type: Certificate Program

21 CPD Hours Hour(s)

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It is essential for HR professionals to understand workplace human rights legal requirements—failure to do so can bring big financial and reputational costs if your organization finds itself defending against a human rights claim.
HRPA’s Human Rights & Diversity Certificate Program is a Certificate Program providing best practices and legal frameworks relating to human rights, workplace diversity, equity; plus expertise around establishing and maintaining a harassment/discrimination-free work environment.

Learning objectives:

<  Identifying workplace human rights concerns and violations

<  Proactive measures to enhance healthy and inclusive workplace environments

<  Best practices to address human rights concerns

<  Human rights conflict resolution/mediation and investigation of workplace disputes

<  Knowledge of the formal human rights system and how to respond to human rights applications

<  Anti-harassment and anti-discrimination workplace strategies and techniques

Who should attend:

HR Professionals, diversity professionals, public policy professionals, union officials, NGOs and anyone interested in a better understanding of diversity challenges in the workplace or society at large.

What is the course format? 

This certificate program combines live virtual instruction with hands-on experiential learning through case studies, scenarios, group work/break out discussions and simulations.

  • Live Virtual Sessions: There will be online instructor-led modules, during which practical examples and experiences will be shared.
  • Materials: Participants will be provided with session workbooks to follow along with the content covered in each module and to take notes, as well as additional pre-session and post-session assignments to prepare for the simulations.
  • Peer Learning and Group Work: Participants will have the opportunity to learn from each other while answering questions and sharing experiences and observations during the modules, as well as through practical, hands-on exercises and simulations based on real-world labour relations events and processes.

Time Commitment:  This four-day certificate program will be delivered in eight modules. Participants will spend four (4) hours each day participating in the virtual sessions and accompanying exercises and simulation activities. Over the duration of the course, participants can expect to spend an additional 5 hours completing work outside of the daily sessions, either in break out groups with peers or individually preparing for case study debriefs or simulation participation. The in-class virtual modules will be held as follows:

Module 1 -Wednesday October 21st, 2020 (9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)

Module 2 - Wednesday October 21st 2020 (2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Module 3 - Friday October 23rd, 2020 (9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)

Module 4 - Friday October 23rd, 2020 (2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Module 5 - Wednesday October 28th, 2020 (9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)

Module 6 - Wednesday October 28th, 2020 (2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Module 7 - Friday October 30th, 2020 (9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)

Module 8 - Friday October 30th, 2020 (2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.) 

LMS: PeppeR The Pepper Project is a research initiative dedicated to the design of educational software that fosters 21st century skills. The project’s core technology, called “PeppeR” is a web-based collaborative workspace where learners can engage in in-depth inquiry. PeppeR offers a variety of specialized knowledge building features and social networking tools that support learners of all ages in their efforts to share information, identify key ideas, and progressively work to improve those ideas. Website:


“When you think about the significant cost of defending an action before a Human Rights Tribunal in terms of damages and legal fees, not to mention reputational damage and embarrassment, why wouldn’t an organization invest in a program like Workplace Diversity and Human Rights Certificate?”-Lauren Bernardi, LL.B, Bernardi Human Resource Law

The Workplace Diversity & Human Rights Certificate & Course provides an excellent framework for understanding diversity and human rights. The course is comprehensive and provides excellent resources such as flow charts for making decisions, case law, links to legal resources, fact sheets and best practices. It is an excellent tool kit for an organization that wants to create organizational change and best practices with regard to Human Rights & Diversity. I highly recommend this certificate program. - Connie Vander Wall, BBA, MSM, CHRL, SPHR, CVW Consulting & Former Associate Vice-President, Human Resources, Nipissing University


To determine if your company qualifies to cover the cost of this program, click here.

The Certificate Program is part of a human rights program conducted by academic and industry professionals that are expertise is in the areas of human rights policy and procedure development. The program instructors are:

Prof. Lorne Foster is the Chair, Race Inclusion & Supportive Environments, York University

Dr. Shaheen Azmi is a human rights expert with over 20 years experience in human rights mediation, investigation, policy and education activity.

Prof. Les Jacobs is the York Research Chair in Human Rights and Access to Justice & Director, Institute for Social Research, York University.