Social Justice and Coaching


“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

This survey course will begin the exploration of the components of Social Justice and how they impact personal and professional relations, while also showing up in the coaching relationship. By exploring the meanings of human rights, access, participation, equity, privilege, and microaggression, one will be able to develop a deeper understanding of the effects of injustice that show up in individual lives and their organizational systems. And as coaches, one can learn to utilize coaching tools to facilitate meaningful and awareness-generated conversations to create change within clients and the worlds they reside in.

The course will use the ICF’s “A Resource Guide on Diversity and Inclusion for Coach Trainers and Educators”, with a correlation to the ICF Core Competencies and Code of Ethics and how they interplay with Social Justice issues of equity, access, human rights, and participation. All of this will be with the intention of how these issues show up in coaching relationships and the relationships and organizations clients partake in. And of course, the discussion will also focus on the individual coach’s personal relationship with Social Justice issues and their impact on their own lives and relationships.


  • Assist coaches to examine their awareness of personal belief systems and implicit bias and their impact on personal and professional behaviors, actions, and assumptions.
  • Gain knowledge of the 4 pillars of Social Justice and a global and personal understanding of Social Justice.
  • Increased awareness of racism and oppression in systems and personal and professional interactions, including sexism, classism, ageism, able-ism, etc.
  • The role of coaches and coaching in Social Justice work.


  • Definition of Social Justice and its components
  • Cultural identity
  • Diversity
  • Inclusion
  • Inequality, equity, and belonging
  • Microaggression
  • Multicultural competency and allyship
  • Oppression
  • Privilege
  • Diverse and differing abilities

This course will require weekly reading, journaling, and class participation.

Course Prerequisites


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Date July 17, 2024 - August 7, 2024

Time 4:00 pm ET - 5:30 pm ET

Day Wednesday

Type Video Conference

Faculty Susie Strauss, BCC