Introduction & Program Overview
To create and sustain healthy families and organizations, sustainable structural pathways are needed in work and life. These pathways must extend their reach globally, nationally, and locally. For them to be sustainable, they must be felt by all peoples; the individual must feel and believe these structures benefit them, their families, and communities.
Pathway#1: Foundations for Sustainable Change-introduces the structural and systemic changes that organizations and communities will need to consider in order to build pathways that are anti-oppressive and anti-racist. This is accomplished by laying a foundation for understanding the collective stories of oppression and racism through language, action, and systems.
Foundation 1- Workplace Psychological Health & Safety-introduces participants to the collective workplace stories and practices of oppression and racism. With the goal of creating awareness and a deeper understanding of what it means to be an employee and a leader in an organization that is committed to (or not) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practices. In this Module, participants receive an A-to-Z tour of the connection between Workplace Psychological Health & Safety, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and employees’ experiences of oppression and racism.
Foundation 2- Caring About Differences-introduces participants to the foundations of bias. Building on the contents of Module 1, Caring About Differences expands on how Workplace Psychological Health & Safety practices are informed and sustained by the foundations of bias. Caring About Differences explores the many forms of biases, their origins, and how bias, both conscious and unconscious, are critical starting points for sustainable changes. Module 2 lays the foundational need for collective organizational understanding of differences if they desire to be experienced as anti-oppressive and anti-racist in their practices.
Foundation 3-Inclusion-introduces participants to the critical currency we call Cultural Competency. Without true inclusion within workplaces there cannot be true employee engagement. Building on the contents of the previous two modules, Module 3 lays the foundation for what it will take to build inclusive workplaces and consequently employees who are both physically, emotionally, and mentally engaged. Module 3 provides foundational guidelines for how to use the currency of cultural competency to build more inclusive and resonant workforces.
Foundation 4- Critical Coaching Skills for Sustainable Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Changes-this practical module of Pathway #1, recognizes the importance of equipping organizational leaders and their employees with more than information, but also with proven tools and techniques. Module 4 uses case studies built on content from the previous 3 modules, along with Critical Coaching Skills to help prepare leaders and employees to become more comfortable and confident knowing how to:
- Talk about oppression
- Talk about racism
- Talk about Diversity
- Talk about Equity
- Talk about Inclusion
- Coach through emotionally charged situations related to racism, oppression, and diversity
- Take sustainable actions for building organizations that are diverse, equitable, and inclusive