Frequently Asked Question
Answer: What DEI training does is create alignment among teams around how to have conversations about identity, experiences of inclusion and exclusion, and experiences of equity and inequity. It allows people to bring to the surface things that can enhance their connection and contribution. Our training equips people with the skills to engage effectively in workplaces that are increasingly diverse. Those are skills that we don’t get in many other places that we’ve been.
Our training allows you to have the office environment where people really feel that they can thrive regardless of their backgrounds.
DEI training typically includes a combination of conversation, practice, and information sharing. During training people develop skills, increase their context, shift mindsets, and increase their motivation around taking action in the spaces of the diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
Diversity training (or DEI training) ultimately helps people be more effective with each other. Under that umbrella, there are many possible topics to focus on that can get in the way of effectiveness including, bias, poor communication, or closed mindsets. Training topics should address the topics that most impact teams and support business goals.
We structure all of our trainings using adult learning principles. That includes ensuring that the subject matter is relevant to people. To understand that, we start by assessing the team to understand the needs and challenges. We then use real examples and scenarios from real life, things that we’ve gathered and learned over the years, things that are happening in the media and in society to offer relevant content. This helps to make the training content immediately applicable to people. We also ensure to spend the majority of our time together within conversation, small groups, large groups, or even in pairs where people are encouraged to share their experiences and talk about what actually affects them. Many times, participants share real situations that they’re experiencing and get live coaching during the session. The also supports immediate applicability.
DEI training is important because we don’t otherwise take out the time to develop skills in engaging people who are different from us. The training allows time to take a dedicated pause to think, to practice, to set goals and to reflect so that you can be conscious of diversity, equity, and inclusion as you go about your life. Our trainings give you a toolbox that you can fall back on and use when you need to. Similar to any other muscle or skill, you need to practice it and develop it and strengthen it in order to be able to use it.
We consider the whole person. We know that your work life is only one aspect of who you are, and you have skills and relationships that go far and wide beyond work. We want to honor all of who you are, and all of what you bring to the table while staying focused on what we can accomplish in our session. We start every session with a very clear objective in order to stay focused on what we’re trying to do. But, within that objective, we might find that the agenda that we had set out doesn’t actually allow give participants what they need in order to reach that objective. So we adjust. We’re more focused on the impact then sticking to our our particular agenda. All of our sessions are offered in a series which allows everyone to bring their own experiences and to practice in order for our training to “stick” and encourage transformation. Our workshops allow us to meet with a team and offer some skills, context, and coaching. People can then go apply these new insights as they go about their days.