SCI’s Executive Certificate Series offers courses and training on issues impacting leadership in the 21st century. Courses in 2020 are held online only and offered according to demand and institutional request. Explore the course offerings below and e-mail us (SCI@price.usc.edu) for more information on upcoming sessions.


Extremists in Law Enforcement: Understanding the Problem and Crafting Solutions

Presented by Dr. Heidi Beirich and Tony McAleer

Concerns over white supremacist and other extremist groups infiltrating the ranks of law enforcement are rising. The FBI considers white supremacy to be the number one domestic terrorism threat. Extremists pose threats to the communities law enforcement serves, the cases law enforcement brings, and the integrity and culture of law enforcement agencies. This 4-hour course provides an overview of the problem, an in-depth look at signs of extremism from white supremacy to antigovernment organizations, an assessment of the damage such officers can inflict, and tackles the issue of addressing the problem while respecting civil liberties.

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Identity, Implicit Bias and Microaggressions

Presented by SCI Instructor Dr. LaVonna B. Lewis

Issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, reflected in our understanding identity, have become increasingly important topics for organizations that desire to meet the needs of their work force and the communities they serve. However, research is mounting that failure to create a sense of belonging for diverse identity groups, implicit bias and microaggressions are factors that have negative impacts on our relationships. Responding to these differences begins with understanding the concepts and requires a chance to practice and receive feedback. This eight hour interactive and discussion-based course is designed to provide concrete definitions to these critical issues, increase participant awareness of their importance, and begin to practice effectively responding to these issues.

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Crisis De-Escalation and Conflict Resolution Skills

Presented by SCI Instructors Alexandra Lieben and Dr. Doron Pely 

Conflict is part of life. How we prevent escalation and manage de-escalation, however, is a matter of expertise. This eight-hour interactive and discussion-based course is designed to expand your crisis prevention and de-escalation toolbox and sharpen your conflict resolution skills. It is an immersive introduction to the causes of crises, the impact of crises on the behavior of individuals and groups and the practical tools available to minimize risk, maximize compliance and create the conditions required to de-escalate crises, promote conciliation and resolve conflicts. 

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Chief Bisa FrenchOfficer Spotlight – Chief Bisa French is a 23-year law enforcement veteran and chief of the Richmond Police Department in California. She was the first African American and Latina Captain in the department and the youngest ever to hold the position. Chief French, thank you for your service! Read more.

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