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A 2023 Telly Award Winner! Draw people in... not push them away! With the current focus on racial inequity and injustice, organizations - now more than ever - need to understand how workplace inequities and other key diversity dynamics impact their efforts to build a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace and culture. This new program focuses on the diversity dimension of race. By deepening awareness and understanding of race and racism, participants develop knowledge and skills that support and contribute to your organization’s overall diversity, equity and inclusion goals.
Encouraging respect for ourselves and others does not mean failing to recognize race or other differences when they affect our understanding of a situation, our impact on others or our relationships. No matter how you may feel as an individual, color and race consciousness exist in our society and is the lived experience of many people. This video also acknowledges the importance of identity… which is how we see ourselves and how others see us.
No one likes tension or conflict in the workplace. But with such a diverse workforce, differences are bound to surface. These easy-to-use cards provide an easy-to-remember model (B.E.A.T.) along with thought-provoking questions as a framework for recognizing and responding to situations involving race and other diversity dynamics. These cards are great for a quick reminder, reinforcement or as a conversation generator.
Being an outsider can happen to any of us at any time. It can happen based on occupation, tenure, age, gender… the list goes on and on. When there are race or cultural differences the points of connection may not be easy, reactions may be more intense, and misunderstandings are more likely to occur. Inclusion is all about intentional acts that build connections and strengthen relationships.
Sometimes people don’t recognize when and how racial bias is expressed in our society and in day-to-day interactions. Most of us have seen or experienced racial bias in the form of microaggressions, which are subtle, sometimes indirect, and often unintentional behaviors that communicate hostile, derogatory or negative racial messages or assumptions. Although these things may not be intended as racist, they can come across that way.
When employees are subjected to slurs and other negative behaviors based on legally protected status—like race, national origin, religion, age, disability and gender among others—the organization has an obligation to prevent and protect their employees from these types of behaviors, including behaviors on the part of non-employees, such as customers.
Diversity, equity and inclusion are about encouraging and listening to ALL voices. When ideas are dismissed or discouraged, or when there are negative consequences for speaking up, we miss opportunities for innovation and problem solving. Beating tough diversity dynamics at work means creating an environment where all voices can be hard and valued. This is everyone’s responsibility.
It's easy to see how the focus on diversity, equity and inclusion has caused some white men to believe they have fewer opportunities. But the fact is that laws on fairness and equity apply equally to everyone. Efforts on the part of organizations to expand their race, gender, and ethnic diversity can’t legally, unfairly disadvantage any group. White males are protected by these same laws and have the same rights as everyone else.