Identity, Diversity, and Equity in the Workplace for Individuals
Humane leadership requires recognizing and incorporating the unique identities, backgrounds, and experiences everyone brings to their places of work. The choices a leader makes when navigating the overlapping identities of their teams, clients, and stakeholders greatly affects their success. Values-based leaders know how to create spaces for everyone to bring their full selves to the workplace when building out and/or working with their teams. Such leaders continually seek to explore and better understand the nuanced subjects of identity and diversity in their professional lives. With a primary focus on racial equity, this seminar explores the contours of identity in ways that build more self-aware individuals and stronger and more effective teams.
Key Questions Explored
How do leaders navigate the complexities of identity and equity in the workplace? How are identities formed and expressed? What do different people mean when they use the term ‘equity’? What are our own personal blind spots when it comes to identity and equity? How do we engage others’ blind spots? How do leaders create spaces of honesty and vulnerability in which teams become stronger and more efficient? Where can diversity and inclusion efforts succeed and where can they fall short? How do leaders support change when facing institutional inertia?
Participants Leave the Seminar With
- a deeper appreciation for the formation and expression of their own identities and the identities of those with whom they interact
- a greater awareness of the systemic benefits and/or injustices experienced by others in both historical and contemporary contexts
- a more sophisticated understanding of and consensus about what racial equity means in theory and in practice
- an enhanced ability to communicate on sensitive issues including, but not limited to, race, gender, sexuality, and religion
- strategies for leading, working with, developing, and working in diverse teams
Seminar Recommended For
Individuals seeking to:
- advance diversity, equity and inclusion in their teams or at their organization
- expand their understanding of the complicated role of identity in existing organizational and social structures
- engage in thoughtful listening so as to incorporate diverse perspectives in their personal and professional lives
- improve their ability to hold and/or participant in in difficult conversations around race, gender, sexuality, and religion
- develop more diverse professional networks
Seminar Format: This seminar will be offered virtually over Zoom. It consists of six (6) 3-hour sessions offered either consecutively or across multiple weeks.
Seminar Curriculum: Short texts drawn from such authors as Audre Lorde, Richard Rodriguez, and Elizabeth Alexander.
Seminar Scheduled to be Offered:
Spring 2021: April 17-26, 2021 Session Time 12:00pm-3:00pm EST
Session 1: Friday, April 9
Session 2: Friday, April 16
Session 3: Friday, April 23
Session 4: Friday, April 30
Session 5: Friday, May 7
Session 6: Friday, May 14
Summer 2021: TBD
Fall 2021: TBD
“The conversations were rich, the participants were interesting, genuine, all with a wealth of experience that supported our own discovery about who we are and what else we have to learn.”
“Taking this seminar gave me a deeper appreciation of other identities and an enhanced ability to communicate…for me this outcome was more than I anticipated.”
“The seminar in its totality was impactful, meaningful and deeply appreciated. The scope of issues, the scope of readings — all of it was magnificent.”