Identify and address systemic racism, systemic discrimination and unconscious bias
Diversity Learning Circles inspires all participants to answer this question by presenting an action plan: “What can I immediately do to identify and address systemic racism, systemic discrimination and unconscious bias to build alliances in employment, economic, political, cultural and social institutions?”
The concepts of systemic racism, systemic discrimination and unconscious bias interweave within the broader categories of diversity, inclusion and equity which are foundational to all course material.
Participants will have the opportunity to share stories and broaden the discussion on systemic discrimination in relation to race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, religion, culture and language and how they can intersect.
Implement the action plan from this course to immediately improve the experience of your employees and your clients – strengthen the business case for diversity, inclusion and equity!
What are diversity learning circles?
Diversity Learning Circles are facilitated conversations to advocate for diversity, inclusion and equity in a “circle” of teaching, learning and action. The course facilitator engages the group in a series of focused conversations using adult learning techniques and exercises. The course utilizes ICA’s Technology of Participation (ToP) methodology to facilitate experiential learning.
For directors, facilitators and change agents
This course is for transformational leaders who will gain key insights to make whole system change! Rather than an initiative to fulfill an organizational mandate, your managers and teams can create tailored, realistic and sustainable action plans to increase organizational success. Imagine how valuable this certificate course will be to your organization when all members learn to effectively harness the diversity of people and ideas. Experience how to navigate difficult conversations in a circle of teaching, learning and action!
- Undergo a transformational image shift and become conscious of your own bias.
- Learn to facilitate sensitive discussions for institutional change in this circle of teaching, learning and action
- Decode the complex language of diversity
- Identify diversity gaps in leadership
- Recognize systemic power imbalances
- Nurture cultural safety and cultural humility
Focus group energy on common goals
- Enable peer learning to create tangible action plans
- Encourage group creativity
- Harness total knowledge of participants
- Build respect and trust in groups
- Help groups resolve conflict
- Generate positive interaction
This course respects all participants’ beliefs, values and experiences. The course does not teach online facilitation.
Interactive Experiential Learning
This interactive, experience-based course uses learning techniques and exercises to enable you to implement and manage change and meet future challenges in your institutions.
The scheduled sessions will engage you in interesting and insightful dialogue on vital topics of diversity. Participants will be enabled to take solution based learning to their organizations. We want you to have an engaging and productive time!
Self-directed modules on the ICA learning management system
Do much of this course at your own pace on the ICA learning management system. The system will chart your learning journey. Supportive trainers are available.
Materials can be downloaded from the ICA learning management system.
Price is CAD$1,745 plus applicable tax.
Register early and receive a 20% discount. Use code “dlc2023”
- October 23, 2023: Monday: 10 am - 5:00 pm ET
- October 24, 2023: Tuesday: 10 am - 5:00 pm ET
- October 25, 2023: Wednesday: 10 am - 5:00 pm ET
In the sessions you will:
- Participate in practice sessions to learn how to facilitate complex discussions on diversity, inclusion and equity. Apply this learning in employment, economic, political, cultural and social institutions by broadening each discussion about the impact of systemic discrimination on all marginalized groups.
- Explore and understand concepts including: power dynamics, majority/minority relations, systemic discrimination, systemic racism, unconscious bias, diversity, inclusion, exclusion, equity, stereotype, prejudice, cultural safety and cultural humility.
- Understand Indigenous diversity (language/culture, people, community, territory and governance).
- Share, reflect and relate your stories with other participants, diversity change agents, facilitators and leaders.
- Deepen the steps toward a transformational image shift from participant to diversity change agent: self reflection, facilitated discussions, vision, obstacles, strategies and action plan and continuous feedback.
- Anyone who acknowledges and wants to address systemic racism, systemic discrimination and unconscious bias by creating an action plan
- Business and community leaders, executives, managers, HR professionals, consultants, change agents and facilitators who want to lead discussions and implement positive change with diversity, inclusion and equity
- Change agents who want to improve their facilitation skills with any group
- Facilitators who want to improve their knowledge and ability to lead discussions on diversity, inclusion and equity
- One hour pre-course self-study orientation to course material and practice with Zoom and Mural.
- Prepare an introduction or “my story” about what brought you to this course.
During the course
- Attend the sessions
- Lead conversations with peers
- Present an action plan idea
- Complete a course evaluation
After the course
- You can attend optional post-course discussion sessions about your action plan which will enhance learning, practice and action
- We can work with you to provide follow-up resources.
- We can provide consultation on diversity, equity and inclusion
- Full time participation for the online sessions
- Completion of the action plan post course