It seems the terms Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity are showing up everywhere these days, even in Hawaiʻi , where locals often claim “we’re good here,” by citing the “melting pot” of ethnicities that are represented in the islands. While history indicates and research validates that diversity, inclusion, and equity have always been key ingredients to high performance, now – more than ever – companies, non-profit organizations, schools, sports teams, and even families are investing in understanding what these terms mean, how they work together, and what strategies can be applied for success in today’s multi-faceted environments. Individual competency in diversity, inclusion, and equity is not only critical to success in one’s professional endeavors, but it also enhances the overall richness of one’s life. Organzations that effectively leverage diversity, inclusion, and equity not only have more desirable work cultures and more engaged team members, but also fare better in innovation and problem solving, anticipating market trends, and bottom line performance metrics when compared to other similarly-situated organizations.
In this highly-interactive introductory course, participants will be introduced to the basics of diversity, inclusion, and equity; and in the context of their unique personal or organizational situations, they will identify the competitive advantages that inform the development of strategies for implementation and increased competency.
- Definitions of diversity, inclusion, equity, and other key principles, with a focus on inequities based on race, gender, and class; and the fundamental construct of power
- The competitive advantages of incorporating diversity in one’s life and organization
- The critical role of articulating organizational values in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
- Strategic and sustainable application of diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Outcomes and measurement of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts
In this course, participants will:
- Become familiar with foundational terms and concepts in diversity, inclusion, and equity
- Develop multiple rationales for increased competency in diversity, inclusion, and equity
- Align their diversity business case to individual or organizational goals and metrics
- Develop practical strategies to sustain (and pitfalls to avoid) for individual and organizational growth in diversity, inclusion, and equity
- Establish safe spaces to come together in a meaningful way to network, learn, and share successes
Who should attend?
- Whether you hold a formal leadership title or are the CEO of your family, this timely and practical foundational course is for you
- Members of intact teams or individual contributors from one or multiple organizations
- Prior knowledge or experience in the field is not required