Partnering with Diverse Leaders to Increase Access to Executive Education

Program Contact

Julie Waggoner

Interim Director, CESR


The Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at the Leeds School of Business manages a 14-week executive education program teaching professionals how to make companies more sustainable and socially responsible called the Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility (CCSR). Currently, most of the students in the course are white, as are the majority of people working in the CSR field.

Our goal is to increase the number of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) professionals in the course, which will expand the pipeline of diverse qualified applicants for CSR roles. Having more diversity in these roles is particularly important to addressing persistent racial inequalities because the issues that CSR professionals seek to address, and the responsibilities they hold, from deciding how to allocate philanthropic giving to decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, all have a disproportionate impact on BIPOC communities.

In the fall of 2021, we are launching a pilot partnership with the Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado (ULFC), a Denver leadership development program that serves mainly Black professionals, to encourage their alumni to participate in our program. Their goal is to provide a relevant next step from their ULF Connect program without creating additional content. As our programs have similar missions around helping professionals to develop as ethical business and community leaders, it is truly a win-win.

The partnership involves communications support for the CCSR program from ULFC, as well as providing a discount and partial need-based scholarships to up to nine ULF Connect alumni each semester.

  • Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility Fall 2021


    Online Resource


    8/31/2021 - 12/16/2021

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee


Sponsoring Units

  • Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • Leeds School of Business

Program Partners

  • Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado

Audiences Served

  • Adult Learners
  • Business
  • Minority Group(s)
  • Urban Communities