Step Up: Equity Matters Sessions are two-hour interactive workshops where participants learn the foundations of the impact of bias in the workplace and leave with tools to effectively disrupt them. Sessions are designed to maximize circles of influence, where everyone, regardless of title, has the ability to affect change in an organization.
Format: Two hour workshop, open to the public
“I’m not racist, but…” “I don’t care if it’s not politically correct, but…” “I’m all for gender equality, but…” Discriminatory, biased, and exclusionary comments can catch you off-guard. Finding the right words to disrupt can be challenging, but we can’t make change until we step up and say something. This workshop will help participants identify the emotions behind charged interactions and practice approaches to have healthy conversations around issues of equity, diversity and inclusion.
Before we can start stepping up to make change happen in our workplace, we need to step inside. Understanding how we think and perceive the world is an important first step in creating sustainable change. This workshop offers an understanding of how biases shape our views of the people around us and how these biases can lead to discrimination. Participants will take time to reflect on their inner biases to learn how to move beyond guilt and toward positive intention and action.
More than a slight: Micro-aggressions
Intent versus impact. For people working on creating more equitable workplaces, this term has most likely been heard, but what does it really mean? In this workshop, participants will explore the real impact that microaggressions have on employees, teams, and entire companies. We will examine personal unconscious biases that commonly show up as microaggressions, sometimes so subtle they go unnoticed by everyone but the people being impacted. Participants will engage in activities to become more skilled to recognize when microaggressions are present while learning how to better hold healthy conversations around this uncomfortable topic.