Virtual Workshops...

Cultural Awareness Modules 
3 Topics to Select from in 2021
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Workshop Title: “Ah Ha” Addressing cultural awareness and implicit biases: Focusing specifically on bias based on race, gender, mental and physical ability
2 hour instructor-led webinar 
Module 1

Overview

Our unconscious social biases form involuntarily from our experiences. For example, as we are repeatedly exposed to actual incidences or media portrayals of minority men and women, those associations become automated in our long-term memory. These biases are reinforced on a daily basis without us knowing, or thinking consciously about it. Stereotypes reflect what we see and hear every day, not what we consciously believe about what we see and hear. It is possible for us to hold unconscious stereotypes that we consciously oppose.

Because we are, by definition, unaware of our automatic, unconscious beliefs and attitudes, we believe we are acting in accordance with our conscious intentions, when in fact our unconscious is in the driver’s seat. It is possible for us to treat others unfairly even when we believe it is wrong to do so. Cognitive neuroscience research has taught us that most decisions we make, especially regarding people, are “alarmingly contaminated” by our biases. Our assessments of others are never as objective as we believe them to be.

This session will provide educators with the tools to be able to address cultural bias in the workforce among teachers and its implication in teaching children. Participants will reflect on their own bias and build on trust and commitment to provide all children with a quality education. This training will also provide activities that “show” rather than “tell” how we as educators can address cultural awareness and reduce bias to ensure all kids receive a quality education no matter the race, gender, mental and physical ability.

Learning objectives

  • Identify the benefits of diversity in the workforce

  • Gain awareness about prejudice and stereotypes

  • Learn how to become culturally competent

  • Define implicit bias

  • Define implicit bias and its impact on decision making in schools and classroom settings

  • Discuss strategies to effectively cultural competency

  • Discuss  implicit bias and the facilitation of culturally responsive school environments

  • Understanding microagressions that affect teaching and learning.

Promoting  Equity: Moving Beyond Diversity Toward Racial Equity
 
2 hour instructor-led webinar
Module 2 

 

Overview

Returning to “business as usual” will not be good for business. The work of building and maintaining an inclusive, racially equitable culture is never done. The personal work alone to challenge our own individual and professional socialization is like peeling a never-ending onion. Organizations must commit to sustained steps over time, to demonstrate they are making a multi-faceted and long-term investment in the culture — if for no other reason than to honor the vulnerability that staff members bring to the process. This work is hard and takes a deeply personal toll. The process is only as good as the commitment, trust, and goodwill from the staff who engage in it — whether that’s confronting one’s own white fragility or sharing the harms that one has experienced in the office as a person of color over the years.

 

Organizations cannot afford not to do this work, but they also can’t enter into it lightly, under the misconception that a training or workshop checks the box. True racial equity and inclusion work in the workplace must look unlike anything we’ve done in past decades, because we’ve consistently failed to tackle racial inequity at its deepest roots. But we can start today, by joining us in a courageous conversation about Promoting Antiracism and Equity: Moving Beyond Diversity Toward Racial Equity. Participants will learn strategies that promote equity and inclusion of all in the educational community.

 

 

Module Question:

What does it mean to be a self-aware, culturally competent educator who support  equity?

 

Module Objective:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history, meaning, definition of race and racism and how systemic racism is built into every aspect of society so that it is sometimes difficult to recognize.

  • Assess their own experiences with systemic racism and how that might impact their decision as school leaders and teachers in the classroom.

  • Articulate the ways in which some people benefit from systemic racism while others are marginalized by it.

  • Identify and demonstrate strategies to promote antiracism and equity to provide an inclusive environment in which all stakeholders are valued and supported in the school and workplace.

Inclusive Leadership: Moving Beyond Diversity Towards Racial Equity 
 
2 hour instructor-led webinar
School Leaders
Module 3 

 

 

Overview
Complimenting and expanding upon the anti-racism competencies established in modules 1 and 2, module 3 specifically supports the ways people leaders are called to create inclusive environments within the workplace. Understanding that this is not an easy task, this workshop addresses the subtle and very apparent circumstances in which racial inequities occur, not only affecting the success of racially marginalized persons, but the organization as a whole. Through the use of real workplace examples, peer discussions, anti-racism best practices and tools, people leaders will learn how to effectively guide their teams towards a racially inclusive and progressive culture where no one is left behind.
Learning objectives
By the end of the workshop, participants will:
  • Gain awareness about how racial inequities impact the career trajectories and job satisfaction of marginalized workers and unpack how these impacts directly affect organizational outcomes
  • Recognize the many ways each member of the workplace can foster a healthy, fair and racially inclusive culture regardless of their role
  • Identify practical strategies for removing racial injustices from the workplace in order to create harmony and a sense of belonging for all employees