Course dates: August 22nd and 23rd 2017, Holiday Inn Carlton, Downtown Toronto
For organizations that want to stay relevant and productive, creating diverse and inclusive environments is essential. Understanding how systemic discrimination threatens fairness and morale in schools and workplaces, both overtly and covertly, is foundational. This award-winning training will develop key leadership knowledge and skills to support inclusion and equity, as outlined in Shakil Choudhury’s book, Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them.
Leadership Skills: Although developing Diversity Champions within organizations is a recognized best practice for advancing inclusion strategies, there is less understanding of the leadership competencies required for such a challenging task. We will explore leadership as an inside-out process, that inner skills—including self-awareness, empathy, and bias management—are essential in nurturing diversity and inclusion.
Knowledge Development: Deep Diversity is a framework that helps examines at how four key factors—bias, tribes, emotions and power—play invisible, yet significant, roles in our dynamics with those who we perceive to be different than us. To really work through issues of difference and foster greater levels of fairness and inclusion within schools and organizations, it is critical to understand the human mind—its conscious and unconscious dimensions. We will investigate these ideas and link them with Deep Diversity, a practical lens that can be used to enhance our understanding of systemic discrimination.
Measurement Tools: Anima Leadership has surveyed the latest smart practices research on recruitment, retention and advancement in order to develop unique diversity instruments for measuring inclusion in the workplace. Assess where your organization is at and where it wants to go using the Anima Toolkit for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity.
In this 2-day workshop you will learn:
- Leadership competencies for developing Diversity Champions including emotionalintelligence, mindfulness and awareness of the dynamics of power/privilege.
- How to apply the Deep Diversity framework to help uncover systemic discriminationwithin school systems and organizations.
- How unconscious bias results in ‘blank spots’— tendencies within individuals and organizations that are below the radar of awareness — and the importance of developing bias detection and reduction skills.
- What gets in the way of establishing diverse, inclusive schools and organizations.
- How to apply the Anima Inclusive Workplace Continuum using seven factors for measuring organizational change with respect to diversity, equity and inclusion.
- How to design equity and justice-related trainings that minimize resistance and backlash through the integration of neuroscience.
The Deep Diversity training skillfully integrates the latest research from neuroscience, psychology, prejudice reduction, organizational development and mindfulness with proven practices for sustaining organizational performance. This unique professional development opportunity is experiential and holistic, a non-threatening yet still challenging approach to tackling issues of diversity, inclusion and equity. Furthermore, all workshop participants will receive a copy of Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them.
Register now as there are limited spots available due to the experiential nature of the workshop. Also, there is some subsidy available for students and participants with low income. Please contact us for more information.
This workshop is ideal for:
- Diversity champions looking for concrete skills and tools to further diversity and inclusion efforts
- Staffing, recruitment and general HR professionals who want a deeper understanding of how to create a more inclusive work environment to attract and retain the best people
- Managers and administrators who want to learn skills and practices to ensure their staff are treated equitably and feel valued.
- Organizational and school leaders looking for a comprehensive and effective approach to developing and measuring diversity and inclusion efforts.
- Educators, trainers and facilitators who want to advance their own understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion.
~ Catherine Portt, Superintendent, Hastings Prince, Edward District School Board
~ Tobie Mathews, Coordinator Training and Development, Toronto Childrens’ Services
~ Manager, Christian Horizons
~ Course Participant
~ Elizabeth Dandy, CUPE Equality Director
Anima Cancellation Policy:
- 6 months or more prior to course: Full refund minus $100 administration fee.
- 3 months to 6 months prior to the course: 75% refund
- 31 days to 90 days: 45% refund.
- 30 days or less: No refund or credit. If you are unexpectedly unable to make the course, contact us about potentially sending a colleague in your place. If you cannot find anybody to substitute we will use your money to support a student or low income participant.