ATLANTA – Mercer University’s Stetson-Hatcher School of Business recently launched new graduate certificate programs in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Management and Women in Leadership.

“The School of Business is excited to continue Mercer’s mission to respect the dignity of every person and celebrate both our commonalities and our differences with the creation of these two exciting programs,” said Dr. Jeremy Bennett, associate dean and associate professor of management. “Both the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Management and Women in Leadership certificates will help business leaders develop initiatives and demonstrate how inclusive decision-making benefits both the bottom line and company culture as a whole.”

Mercer’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Management certificate results from four courses or 12 credit hours taken fully online. The program is designed to cultivate the skills necessary to create inclusive cultures, enhance organizational effectiveness and maximize the sense of belonging among diverse stakeholders in organizations and communities.

Participants will learn how to plan, design, implement and assess an organizational intervention to improve an organization’s value, leveraging or awareness of DEI in the workplace.

Mercer’s Women in Leadership certificate results from four courses or 12 credit hours taken in-person on the University’s Cecil B. Day Campus in Atlanta. The program is designed to develop emerging women-leaders for leadership roles and inspire innovation to create greater gender equality in organizations.

Participants will gain actionable knowledge and skills to confront the unique challenges women face along their leadership journey. Dynamic curriculum in negotiation and conflict resolution, innovation and entrepreneurship, data-driven decision making, organizational behavior, and a comprehensive leadership proposal and presentation further develop and equip women as leaders.

Applicants to both programs must hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by an institutional accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education with an acceptable level of scholarship. International applicants must submit transcripts and academic records showing the completion of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a foreign university.

About the School of Business

Established in 1984, Mercer’s School of Business is named for Eugene W. Stetson, a 1901 Mercer graduate and business pioneer who leveraged the first major buyout in corporate history, and his grandson Robert F. (Bob) Hatcher, a Macon businessman, longtime supporter, trustee and former board chair for the University. Over the past 80 years, Mercer has granted over 12,000 business degrees, and many of its graduates hold senior leadership positions in companies around the world. Mercer’s business school delivers career-focused business education in order to develop innovative leaders who are responsible global citizens. It holds accreditation from the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which places it among the top five percent of all top business schools worldwide. Mercer’s business school has been recognized by The Princeton Review for “Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students” and “Greatest Opportunity for Women” as well as being one of its “Best Business Schools.” In addition, it has been recognized among the “Top 15 Schools in the Nation for Marketing and Accounting.” The School offers the following programs: Atlanta (Evening and Online BBA, Full-Time (Day) MBA, Evening MBA, Online MBA, Master of Accountancy, M.S. in Business Analytics), Macon (Traditional BBA, Evening MBA, Health Care MBA, and Innovation MBA), Henry County (Evening BBA). For more information, visit business.mercer.edu.

Kyle is senior director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he serves as editor of the Mercerian alumni magazine and News@Mercer e-newsletters, and he coordinates hometown and university news releases.