At a glance...

  • On-demand, pre-recorded, and self-paced.

  • Five modules; total time commitment of 5 - 9 hours.

  • Finish it all in one sitting or take breaks between each module.

  • Tools, techniques, tips, and downloadable resources throughout.

  • Turn this professional development exercise into a team-building opportunity. Here's how: Learn as a cohort. While everybody moves through the course as individuals, you'll all finish by an agreed-upon date. Then you'll convene over snacks to debrief the learnings together. During the debrief, you can brainstorm ways to support each other in practicing the skills taught by the course.

  • Bonus: If 50 or more individuals at your school want to take the course, then the Moral Courage team can take care of enrolling them all at once. Inquire via team@moralcourage.com.

WHY THIS COURSE?

Expect personal growth and professional development

"Diversity Without Division" introduces you to the Moral Courage Method, a deeply researched and highly practical framework for turning contentious issues into constructive conversations. You'll benefit if: 

  • You want to promote emotional and psychological well-being in your environment, whether with colleagues, students, or their families.

  • You're ready to move beyond theories and equip yourself (as well as other learners) with practical tools for fostering inclusive, innovative spaces.

  • You wish to improve your own interactions and relationships.

After completing "Diversity Without Division," you can choose to take an even deeper dive. Train to become a professional certified Moral Courage Mentor. Learn more: moralcourage.org.

COURSE PREVIEW

Course Objectives

You will...

  • Appreciate Moral Courage as a skillset more than a theory or ideal.

  • Learn the basic neuroscience of fear and the psychology of reducing fear in ourselves as well as in others.

  • Understand why honest diversity incorporates diversity of thought.

  • Witness the process of creating a brave space in which emotional issues are discussed without immediate judgment.

  • Experiment with role-play as a technique for exploring viewpoints that differ dramatically from your own.

  • Begin to develop new skills for communicating effectively across differences.

Instructor

Irshad Manji

Irshad is founder of the Moral Courage network and the recipient of Oprah's first-ever "Chutzpah Award" for boldness. A leadership professor at New York University for many years, Irshad now teaches with the Oxford Initiative for Global Ethics and Human Rights. She is the New York Times bestselling author, most recently, of "Don't Label Me: How to Do Diversity Without Inflaming the Culture Wars." Chris Rock calls the book "genius." (Not everyone agrees.)

Testimonials About Moral Courage

A Powerful Force for Good

Dr. Cornel West, professor of politics and culture

"Irshad Manji's work combines critical intelligence and combative imagination with Moral Courage. The Moral Courage Method is a powerful force for good."

Becoming an Effective Communicator

Jolexis DeJesus, student of Moral Courage

"The challenge with my generation is that we want to make change really badly but we're not understanding that it has to be an exchange. No one likes to be told, 'Yo, you are wrong. You have to do what I'm saying.' People who hear that are instantly going to get defensive. You get a lot further saying, 'Hey, I see where you're coming from. Can I share my experiences as well?' That's way more effective."

Opens Hearts and Minds

Dr. Rajni Shankar-Brown, professor of social justice education

"The Moral Courage Method leads to reconciliation in our polarized times. It opens hearts in order to open minds. Social justice needs to be pro-social if it is going to deliver justice. Moral Courage shows how that can be done."

Turns Arguments into Dialogues

Dieter Villegas, student of Moral Courage

"Irshad came to our school during turbulent times. We learned that the point of a tough conversation was not to win, but to understand the other person's perspective. It's not just the civil thing to do, it also gives your perspective a better chance of being listened to. I'm at university now, and I can honestly say that the skills of Moral Courage have helped me to be heard because I'm willing to hear others first."

A Strategy and Toolkit for Inclusion

Raquel Majeski, Assistant Head of School

"What Diversity Without Division provides is the strategy and toolkit for our students to go out and be active listeners; to create dialogue that invites people in, not keeps people out or tears people apart."