Esmeralda Tijhoff

Some thoughts on History, Politics, and the Art of Living

Feminist Aid Kit: free online courses about diversity for you to enjoy

A great way to keep working on your knowledge is by following a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). These courses contain video lectures, articles, debates, tests and assignments. You can often follow a course for free, but you have to pay a small amount if you want to participate in tests, to join peer-reviewed assignments and to earn your certificate. Often, just following the course for free is already very stimulating and interesting enough. You can pay and get a certificate if you need to prove your participation to a boss or LinkedIn.

Here are some great MOOCs I have come across!

Do you know another (free) MOOC I missed? Please comment or send me an email!


Diversity and inclusion in the workplace, by ESSEC Business School.

Follow this course for free on Coursera. You can participate in the tests and get a certificate if you pay a small amount.

This introductory course to diversity and inclusion is first and foremost for young professionals starting out their careers in any domain, but can be followed by anyone wishing to increase their awareness of diversity issues around the world and to develop inclusive attitudes and behaviors. In this module, you will start to familiarize yourself with diversity concepts and their relevance in the workplace. First, you will learn about why diversity and inclusion are important for firms, and about the historical development of diversity and inclusion in firms. Next, you will be introduced to key diversity-related concepts and issues. Then, you will discover facts and figures for five diversity categories and the challenges that firms are facing to promote the inclusion of these diversity elements. By the end of this module, you will have a clear understanding of diversity concepts and their application to different diversity categories.


Gender and Sexuality: Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace, by University of Pittsburgh

Follow this course for free on Coursera. You can participate in the tests for free or pay a small amount and get a certificate.

What is sex? What is gender? What is sexuality? What do we mean by LGBTQIA? How are these concepts related to the workplace? How have our understandings of these terms changed over time, and how have these changes impacted work and culture? To help you answer these important questions, this course will introduce you to the exciting field of gender, sexuality, and women’s studies, and to LGBTQIA identities. We will use a range of interdisciplinary concepts, tools, and methods to understand and analyze how identity shapes our experiences in culture and in the workplace. Because we all live with gender expectations, this course is crucial for any profession, and for understanding the world around us. Also, you will learn key concepts that will help you to interpret and understand the world we share.

Disability and a good life. Working with disability, by UNSW Sydney.

Follow this course for free on Futurelearn. You can participate in the tests for free or pay a small amount and get a certificate.

This course is suitable for both beginners and experts wanting to raise their awareness of disability and disability-related issues within a global context. It is appropriate for people with disabilities and their family members, friends and allies; professionals in the care and community service sectors; medical and allied health professionals; educators; built environment professionals; advocates and policy makers; scholars; and lifelong learners.

Working with Disability is an appropriate follow-up to its sister course, Thinking through Disability, which introduces you to contemporary understandings of disability as a dimension of human diversity.

This course centres on disability and the systems, structures, supports and approaches that enable everyone to live a good life. They have chosen “a good life” as an overarching theme because most of us want a good life. But it is often assumed that having an impairment means someone is not able to live a good life, particularly if the impairment is severe or complex.

Girls’ Education: Teaching Strategies That Develop Confidence, Resilience and Collaboration

Follow this course for free on Futurelearn. You can participate in the tests for free or pay a small amount and get a certificate.
How can teachers help close the gender gap? Get guidance on helping girls achieve their potential with this free online course.
The behaviours that the education system rewards – studying, careful preparation, patient climbing from one level to the next – seem to give women an advantage academically. Yet in the world of work, people hire and promote based on character as much as on formal qualifications.

Through examining what should be experienced by young women in the classroom this course aims to start a conversation between teachers about how to best help girls succeed in the classroom and beyond, as well as offering authoritative advice, guidance and practical solutions.

Improve Your Intercultural Competence, by Purdue University

Follow this course for free on Futurelearn. You can participate in the tests for free or pay a small amount and get a certificate.
Develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge required to thrive in diverse workplaces. Good intercultural communication and an understanding of cultural differences are now critical for professionals, especially those part of global networks.
In this course not only will you develop the skills and acquire the knowledge needed to meet the global challenges today’s world presents, you will also learn to succeed in a diverse workplace and appreciate the value of cultural differences.

Gender Equality and Sexual Diversity, by prof. José Zalaquett, Juan Francisco Lobo.

Follow this course for free on Udemy.

Overview of the main landmarks and institutions in the fight for gender equality and the rights of sexual minorities. Became familiar with basic concepts and definitions. Learn about the history of the fight against discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation. Became familiar with international norms and institutions. Learn about different public policies for the fight against discrimination.

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