Exploring the Diversity Question

Making Space for All the Voices at the Table

“Equity matters. Now more than ever.”

Human beings have evolved through connection. Our ability to collaborate has been essential to our survival. Yet our drive to connect can be a double-edged sword. On one hand it allows us to find safety and comfort in belonging, yet on the other, it allows us to see those not like us as “other,” and ultimately less worthy. Throughout history, we have used “otherness” to justify systems and structures that benefit some, and disadvantage others.

This interactive program, offered by TNM Senior Coach and Trainer Gina Paigen, is for those interested in changing that paradigm and creating cultures of diversity, inclusion and equity; personally, and professionally.

Until recently, diversity has been a numbers game. Unfortunately, in that scenario, individuals not part of the dominant culture often found themselves on the outside, disengaged and underutilized. If diversity is about numbers, inclusion is about creating space for all the voices at the table, and equity is about providing everyone the resources they need to be a meaningful contributor.

Why does it matter?

From an organizational perspective

Besides being the right thing to do, the data is clear. Greater levels of diversity lead to:

  • More creativity and innovation, faster problem-solving, and better decision-making
  • Better hiring results, less turnover and higher levels of employee engagement
  • Increased profits

From the human perspective

Every human has the right to be free and live a self-actualized life. And yet in reality we live in a world where those rights are reserved for a privileged few. We cannot change that until we commit to:

  • Fiercely interrogating reality
  • Dismantling the systems and structures that perpetuate the status quo

In this program we will examine DI&E in the context of where we’ve been, where we are now, and where we would like to go; and we will explore the implicit and explicit biases that may contribute to our current culture.

Participants will leave with implementable tools and techniques, ideas on how to continue their personal journey, and a model for developing substantive and sustainable DI&E initiatives within their organizations.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand historical contexts and key factors that contribute to our current reality
  • Examine assumptions and beliefs; our own, and those of the cultures in which we live and work
  • Explore the building blocks of a DI&E culture-change initiative
  • Learn what research tells us about why DI&E is important to organizational outcomes across the board
  • Be part of the solution every day, as we strive to create true diversity, equity, inclusion and a culture of anti-oppression