Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) Emphasis at Lakeland University

Fastest Growing Areas In Business

Lakeland University’s graduate business programs offer an emphasis in diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) to address one of the fastest growing areas in the business world.

According to a 2022 report released by LinkedIn, the #2 role in the U.S. growing in demand is diversity and inclusion manager with a likely salary range from $60,000-$145,000.

DEIB Emphasis

Develop Skills Employers Are Looking For

Courses in the emphasis, which is available to students pursuing a master of business administration or master of science in leadership and organizational development, will introduce and train students in DEIB topics and provide an opportunity for students to apply their learning to their workplaces and community organizations. 

The coursework meets a growing demand in corporate and non-profit organizations, both nationally and locally. In a focus group conducted by Lakeland of area businesses, there was widespread interest across organizations for individuals who had exposure and training in issues related to DEIB. The group confirmed individuals with training in DEIB topics would increase their employability and that the need for employees with this training would continue to expand.


This course will introduce students to key ideas, values and issues related to DEIB and social justice in workplaces and the broader community. Students will learn about and analyze a variety of approaches and practices through exposure to different social justice issues and organizations.

Through written assignments and class discussion, this course will help students explore how their values, education, self-understanding and context inform their sense of vocation as it relates to engagement in social justice work. The course will also engage issues relevant to the field of DEIB work, including challenges and best practices.

This course provides graduates an opportunity to design, conduct, assess and present a professional work-related project as part of their master’s program. Under the guidance of a faculty member, students will implement a professional project typically in cooperation with their employer or another professional organization. The subject/project proposal must be submitted to and approved by the Director of Graduate Studies in Business prior to course enrollment.

Why Lakeland?

Make Your Goals A Reality

Earn your DEIB emphasis at Lakeland University. At Lakeland it’s all about YOU. Everything is designed around your needs and your goals.

  • Flexible delivery formats:
    • Onsite: In class one night per week at one of our seven center locations
    • Online: participate weekly when it works best for you
    • Online Live: attend live classes virtually from anywhere one night per week
    • BlendEd Live: attend classes in-person or online … you choose each week
  • Financial aid, scholarships and discounts are available
  • Individualized advising and career development support
  • 7- & 12-week classes


Graduate Business Degrees

For more than 40 years, Lakeland University has been meeting working students where they are. We would love to help you meet your personal and professional goals with a master's degree. 

Lakeland’s MBA is designed for working adults, and provides a broad-based professional education consisting of coursework that integrates research, case studies, technology and other learning processes. Objectives include an understanding of business and economic problems, and the development of managerial skills to address these problems in the context of an ethical and global workplace.

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Leadership is a key quality that today’s employers seek in their employees. The Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Development (LOD) graduate program focuses on leadership skills and organizational development practices in the workplace; whereas the more traditional MBA focuses on accounting, finance, statistics and economics.

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