Diversity is a big part of organizations and businesses and has been a high-profile issue since the late twentieth century — but much has changed in how we understand it.
This course explores diversity and inclusion in the workplace on many levels: How we define diversity and inclusion; the benefits and power of inclusivity; how to incorporate a diversity mindset into your organizational culture; and how to relate and communicate in a more collaborative and respectful way with everyone you interact with.
By the end of this training course, participants will be able to:
Discuss how we define diversity and inclusion in the workplace today
Identify the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace for any organization’s mission and the impact on the critical and creative thinking of teams and individuals
Describe how we support respect for diversity and promote inclusion through communication and collaboration
Discuss ways to ensure diversity and inclusion across the organization
Module 1: Define Diversity and Inclusion
Discuss the attributes, traits, and unique characteristics that make up diverse groups.
Identify the value of diversity and the qualities of inclusive workplace cultures.
Consider others’ perspectives to ensure success at every level of your organization.
Module 2: The Value of Inclusion
Identify what inclusion means, distinguishing between inclusion and diversity.
Summarize the moral case for inclusion that involves empathy and others-centered thinking.
Summarize the logical case for inclusion by considering the costs and benefits associated with inclusive and exclusive thinking.
Module 3: Foster a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce
Understand what employees want from a diverse and inclusive workplace and how companies can benefit.
Compare strategies used by other organizations with inclusive workplaces to your own actions.
Identify characteristics of inclusive leaders and teaching programs that support inclusive cultures.
Module 4: Develop Habits of Inclusivity
Discuss what happens when opinions are based on preconceived ideas.
Identify ways organizations can facilitate curiosity and respectfulness of other cultures.
Describe how affinity and employee resource groups can benefit an organization.
Module 5: Set the Tone for Open and Honest Communication
Discuss how to advocate for diversity and promote inclusion through communication.
Explain how to help employees explore new ways of looking at the world.
Describe the appropriate manner for discussing potentially uncomfortable situations.
Module 6: Form a Diversity and Inclusion Task Force
Discuss the essential qualities of a diversity and inclusion task force.
Use the startup steps to establish a task force plan, accelerate progress and avoid pitfalls.
Write a vision statement that describes the reason for the initiative and what the organization wants to achieve.