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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training

Positive organizational culture is critical. In today’s environment, it’s even more true. Diversity, equity and inclusion should not be seen as compliance, box-ticking exercises. To attract, retain and grow employees, organizations need to create thriving cultures that embrace inclusivity, provide fair representation and opportunities, foster a sense of belonging and make sure diversity, equity and inclusion are truly ingrained in the environment.

BW offers custom training and development in diversity, equity and inclusion, along with consulting on departmental creation, ERGs and more. We also offer a series of open enrollment courses below.

Four Lenses: Comprehensive Analysis for Effective Responses to Bias

  • An overview of the presenter’s Four Lens Theory of how individuals and groups interpret the severity of biased acts .
  • Examples of perceived bias acts and how they were interpreted differently based on the lens in use .
  • Recognizing one’s own "primary" lens or lenses .
  • Strategies for quickly applying the Four Lens Theory to allegations of bias in a work or university community .

Reading Between the Lines: The Impact of Microaggressions on Inclusion 

  • Defining microaggressions .
  • Examples of microaggressions (micro‐assaults, micro‐insults, etc.) .
  • Effects of microaggressions on individuals and groups in the workplace .
  • Exploring strategies to reduce microaggressions .
  • Sharing and hearing: authentic discussions about our individual and collective experiences delivering and receiving microaggressive behaviors in the workplace.

Towards a Common Language: Practical Tools for Cross‐Cultural Communications 

  • The development of "common language".
  • Highly interactive engagement of participants in a communications exercise .
  • Practical considerations for communication across a range of differences .
  • Common stumbling blocks to effective communication .

Who We Thought They Were: Bias in the Workplace 

As organizations strive to be more inclusive, we need to be aware of our biases and how to avoid, overcome, reduce and eliminate them. With biases often based on inaccurate or incomplete information, once we bring them to light, we can understand how they can consciously or unconsciously impact our workplace. Major themes include: 

  • Defining implicit and explicit bias .
  • Examples of bias (confirmation bias, anchoring, correspondence bias, etc.)
  • Manifestations of bias (prejudice, stereotype, isms, etc.)
  • Effects of bias on hiring & group dynamics .
  • The toxic potion: bias and power .
  • Acknowledging and binding biases of self, others and culture .