Diversity Awareness in the Workplace

The workplace is a diverse community of different ethnic and religious backgrounds, abilities, generations, genders and gender identities, and sexual orientations that requires organizations to navigate and negotiate the inherent differences in order to foster a work environment that is inclusive and free of discrimination and harassment. While a diverse workforce can sometimes feel like a potential collision of values and perspectives, understanding diversity, equity and inclusion as they apply in the workplace is essential for establishing a work environment that makes every employee feel valued while also acknowledging their differences.

Designed for diversity officers, HR practitioners, aspiring supervisors and managers, and compliance officers, this one-day survey course provides a broad overview of DEI knowledge and tools for promoting respect, accountability and inclusion in the workplace. Through case studies, organizational assessments and group discussions, you will gain a broad foundational knowledge of the various models for promoting cultural diversity, relevant laws related to equal employment that inform cultural competency development, and appropriate language and strategies for responding to workplace DEI issues.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply critical thinking skills to respond to workplace DEI issues
  • Integrate DEI best practices for hiring and accommodation
  • Practice appropriate language for communicating about issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Utilize assessments for creating strategies that foster inclusive excellence the workplace
  • Navigate conflict related to diversity that impacts workplace climate

Skills You'll Gain

  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Conflict management
  • Perspective taking and empathy
  • Negotiating cultural differences
  • Leadership in the promotion of DEI
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