Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging in the Workplace
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Three-part micro-certificate series
The words diversity and inclusion are seemingly everywhere these days, and yet there is not always a clear understanding of what these words mean in our daily lives in the workplace. This series of online workshops seeks to demystify the language, suggests practical strategies for building more equitable workplaces, and invites participants into a deeper exploration of their various identities and how these shape lived experiences. If you feel lost about where to begin, this series will serve as a guide to transform your workplace into one where all people feel they belong.
Complete all three modules and receive the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging in the Workplace Micro-certificate. Modules must be completed in sequential order, as each module builds on the skills in the previous module.
Note: Each module is open for the entire semester. Participants are able to register and take the module at any time during the semester. The module is expected to take up to eight hours in total to complete but there is no time limit, as long as the module is completed by the last day of the semester.
Cultures of Belonging
Despite good intentions of management and workers to create equitable, safe workplaces, many employees continue to feel left out, disrespected, and exhausted by the daily experience of coping with micro-aggressions. It is clear, now more than ever, that good intentions are not enough. In this module, participants take the first steps toward creating workplaces that embrace and uplift diverse lived experiences. They learn to engage all employees to contribute their best, and work across diverse identities to create lasting, transformative change.
Identities and Diversity Patterns
The second module in this series continues the conversation on belonging in the workplace, with an exploration of how experiences of belonging are connected to socio-cultural identities. Participants consider the ways in which they have experienced marginalization or contributed to the marginalization of others in the workplace. These experiences are countered with belonging strategies, such as inclusive language, micro-affirmations, amplification, and the formation of alliances to create meaningful change. These strategies empower participants to contribute to more equitable, inclusive workplaces for all.
In the final module in this series, participants will create a personal plan for sustainable, ongoing action in the workplace, to foster a culture of equity, inclusion, and belonging. Further strategies will be explored for engaging in courageous conversations, acting in alignment with equity-oriented values, and committing to allyship efforts across socio-cultural identities. Participants will be encouraged to develop short-term and long-term strategies to support their own growth as allies and expand their capacity for being comfortable with being uncomfortable. Each of us has a part to play in creating lasting transformative change in the workplace and beyond.