Equity matters. Now more than ever. From an organizational perspective…
Besides being the right thing to do, the data is clear. Greater levels of diversity, equity, and inclusion lead to:
- More creativity and innovation
- Faster problem-solving and better decision-making
- Better hiring results and less turnover
- Higher levels of employee alignment and engagement
- Increased profits
We stand at a critical crossroads. The current global crises have laid bare painful inequities around the globe we can no longer afford to ignore. Within our organizations, if we have the courage to face those inequities head on, we can begin to move the needle and create cultures grounded on principles of justice, equality, and the right of every human to live with peace, prosperity, and self-determination.
We are all leaders. Whether or not we have a designation of authority.
Each one of us has a sphere of influence and the potential to be a voice of change. As we deepen our understanding of who we are in relationship to the systems and structures in which we operate, we can leverage that influence to bring greater levels of diversity, equity, and inclusion into our organizations and beyond.
This highly interactive program employs a variety of learning methodologies designed to engage individuals with diverse learning styles, including direct instruction, large and small group discussions, experiential activities, case studies, peer-to-peer learning, readings, role play and videos.
In keeping with the concept that moving towards diversity, equity, and inclusion is a journey not a destination, we have framed the learning objectives as a set of “how might we…” questions to be explored, rather than as goals to be achieved.
- How might we…Expand our understanding of the history, contexts, and key factors that contribute to existing systems of inequity?
- How might we…Be courageous in examining assumptions and beliefs; our own, and those that are a part the cultures in which we live and work?
- How might we…Step into action and be part of the solution every day, as we strive to create true diversity, equity, inclusion in our organization (and beyond)?
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
This program is designed for both new and experienced leaders, along with individual contributors, who have an interest in social justice and equity, and a desire to do the hard (and often messy) work of helping to move the needle for themselves, their teams, their communities, and the enterprise.
The total time commitment for each participant in the program will be approximately three (3) hours per week. Components of the program include:
- Pre and Post Assessments
- Nine (9) two-hour online sessions
- Monthly readings, videos, and journaling assignments
- Monthly interim small group calls
- Capstone project
MATERIALS FOR THE PROGRAM
A workshop manual with material for course participants will be provided online prior to each session.
EFFICACY, IMPACT, SUSTAINABILITY AND DATA COLLECTION
Data regarding the impact of this program will be collected at various points before, during, and after engagement in the program in order to (a) drive a process of continual improvement and (b) support research into the efficacy of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs and the sustainability of the change process.
- Participants will complete Pre, Post, and Post-Post Assessments evaluating cultural competency and perspectives on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
- Participants will provide real-time data in the form of qualitative evaluations upon completion of each session.