Online Certificate in Social Innovation and Diversity Management

Social Innovation leverages the strengths of organizations to develop innovative solutions that meet social goals. The objective of social innovation is to create social value that accrues primarily to society rather than to private organizations.

The Certificate Program is designed to provide prospective students as well as active professionals in our region educational and applied skills necessary to understand, develop and manage social innovations. Students of the certificate program will learn and begin to apply useful solutions to address a social need or problem. Moreover, students will have the opportunity to significantly develop their cultural competency and sensitivity skills. As a result, they will have the ability to understand and navigate within highly diverse environments to become future leaders in social innovation. The Program is structured around four rigorous courses, each with six weeks in duration. The courses will focus on the socially innovative, critical cultural competence and diversity management knowledge by all public, private and nonprofit employees – from standard legal practices to in-depth analysis of emotional burdens, social justice and organizational psychosis.

The courses will focus on:

  • Social Innovation
  • Critical cultural competence
  • Diversity management
  • Standard legal practice to in-depth analysis

Who Should Attend

Recent graduates and working professional who wish to receive formal training in social innovation to expand their knowledge and advance within their organizations.

Career Pathways

The Online Certificate in Social Innovation and Diversity Management can be applied to a variety of industries, including corporate, nonprofit and government entities. This certificate helps students focus on career fields such as corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, diversity management, education and public policy, among others.

Delivery Format

  • The entire program is offered online.

Program Faculty

Mihaela Popescu

Program Coordinator
Alexandru V. Roman Ph.D.
College of Business & Public Administration
Director, The Research Institute for Public Management & Governance
Editor, Journal of Public Procurement
Telephone (909) 537-5762 | E-mail:

Mihaela Popescu

Program Coordinator
Dr. Marc Fudge
College of Business and Public Administration
Associate Professor
Public Administration
Telephone (909) 537-5754 | E-mail:

Social Innocation and diversity management

4 Rigorous Online Courses

expand Management of Social Innovation and Inclusion Advocacy

This course provides an introduction to the field of social innovation and inclusion management. It offers students the opportunity to learn about the most novel and innovative ways of dealing with some of the world’s most pressing needs and problems. Among others, students will explore the power dynamics behind these problems and will be challenged to explore and operationalize entrepreneurial solutions. Students will be asked to embrace a human-centered approach and perspectives, focused on aspiring and achieving meaningful social change.

expand Managing Diversity, Cultural Competency and Emotional Intelligence

This course explores the perspective and demographic diversity that exists in today’s global environment, in particular the work place. Students will learn to understand the intricate and inter-dependent challenges of managing diversity and inclusion initiatives within the demands of social enterprises. The course focuses on developing, through project based learning and cases studies, cultural awareness, cultural competence and emotional intelligence skills.

expand Social Innovation Law & Policy: Process, Legal Aspects and Ethics

This course will expose students to the legal opportunities and challenges associated with establishing, launching and sustaining social ventures (through the eyes of policy entrepreneurs, investors, community leaders and attorneys). Among others, students will learn about the legal structures such as benefit corporation, flexible purpose corporation and low profit limited liability companies. A particular focus of the course will be placed on understanding the management and legal complexities of managing innovative collaboration such as public/nonprofit-private partnerships.

expand Financing Innovation: Funding, Financial Sustainability and Management

This course offers the future social innovators and funders with the knowledge base and tools that would enable them to achieve their goals. It introduces the fundamentals of financing social innovation and entrepreneurship. Students will receive an overview of both traditional and emerging capitalization approaches such as microfinance, competitive awards, venture capital and grant funding. A major emphasis throughout the course will be placed on developing and applying strategic planning understandings and skills.

Certificate Completion Requirement

The Program is structured around four rigorous courses, each with six weeks in duration. To earn the SIDM Certificate a student must complete all courses with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.

2016/2017 Tentative Course Schedule

Summer 2017

Session One 6/26-8/4/2017
Course Number Course Title
EECR 4018 Management of Social Innovation & Inclusion Advocacy
EECR 4021 Managing Diversity, Cultural Competency & Emotional Intelligence
Session Two 8/7-9/9/2017
Course Number Course Title
EECR 4019 Financing Innovation: Funding, Financial Sustainability & Management
EECR 4020 Social Innovation Law & Policy: Process, Legal Aspects and Ethics

Do you want to make yourself more marketable for a career in public service? Invest in yourself and in your career with our new Online Certificate in Social Innovation and Diversity Management!

Each course in the program is $950 which includes all materials. Fees are due at the time of registration.

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College of Extended Learning (CEL) Certificate Programs and Courses are eligible for private loans. Please visit the Financing page for guidelines on how to apply for a private student loan/alternative loan.

  • Multi enrollment discount available, must enroll in two or more courses at a time
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