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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Classes

I facilitate many different highly-interactive classes devoted to exploring myriad diversity, equity, and inclusion-related topics.  Below are descriptions of the most frequently requested classes and I routinely collaborate with employers to create customized classes specific to their organizational needs and interests.  I welcome your inquiries!

 

Understanding bias and prejudice: bringing the unconscious conscious: This class supports participants increasing their awareness of their own personal biases - both explicit and implicit - and how these biases impact the ways in which we navigate the world.  Learning to give your first impressions a second look is a challenging undertaking that requires humility, curiosity, and patience.  I use a combination of videos, polls, storytelling, and slides to define and explore some of the biases and prejudices that impact many of us, oftentimes outside of our conscious awareness.  We explore effective techniques of challenging some of the scripts that we have inherited and as well as practical strategies for being a better ally and interrupting others’ biased and prejudicial language. This class can serve as the catalyst for a lifelong journey of exploring and challenging our biases and prejudices.

This class can be either two- or three-hours in length.  The three-hour class allows participants additional time for self-reflection on personal experiences with bias and prejudice and to participate in scenario-based small group work.

 

Reducing bias in the hiring processGeared specifically for hiring managers, Human Resources staff, and any staff involved in the hiring process, in this class we do a deeper dive into how implicit biases can negatively impact our ability to make the best choices in the recruiting and hiring processes.  I'll provide proactive guidance on how to recognize and overcome the unintentional barriers we may be creating in every step of the hiring process, from creating the job description to making a job offer.  I additionally share guidance on permissible (and impermissible) questions to ask during the interview process and practical ways to better explore in interviews a candidate's experience working in a multicultural work environment. 

Bias in action: This interactive class allows participants to do a deeper dive into the concepts introduced in the Understanding Bias and Prejudice class. Participants, working in small groups, will brainstorm how they would respond to a series of scenarios that pose challenging and realistic situations  that could arise in the workplace related to multiple aspects of their own and their colleagues’ identity. We will learn and practice techniques for responding in real time to biased and prejudicial comments, both when we are the target or when we are a bystander to comments being made to others.

 

Cultural competency workshop: During this highly interactive workshop, we explore together the various cultures that we personally inhabit and steps that we can take to become more culturally competent.  Cultural competency – the ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across various cultures – is a lifelong journey and a skill essential to succeeding in today’s culturally-diverse work environment.  Participants are provided the skills to begin to question the tremendous impact of their cultural lenses in both their personal and professional lives.  This class encompasses defining culture and exploring both its visible and invisible components; exploring some of the myriad cultures that we personally inhabit and how our related cultural lenses impact how we navigate the world; and navigating the differences between collectivistic and individualistic cultures and how these two types of cultures impact how we communicate and interact with others.

Cultural competency 2.0: This class provides participants an opportunity to put into practice their takeaways from the cultural competency Workshop.  Participants receive guidance on how to do a deep dive into a culture that they do not personally belong to and to ultimately prepare a presentation in a variety of possible mediums to share their learnings with their team members about a culture they were previously unfamiliar with.

 

Understanding and responding to microaggressions: In this one-hour class, we explore microaggressions: the everyday verbal and nonverbal slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based upon marginalized group membership.  Together we will identify different types of microaggressions; distinguish between intent and impact; and learn and practice practical ways to respond to microaggressions, whether you are the target or whether you are intervening as an ally.  This class lends itself well to lunch-and-learns.