Diversity & Inclusion Certificate

Bentley University

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  • 4 days
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Bentley University

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Who should attend

  • Professionals responsible for employee engagement and/or organizational culture initiatives
  • Learning & Development leaders
  • Professionals and leaders interested in taking a more active role in promoting diversity, equity & inclusion within their organizations
  • Key decision makers such as recruiters, hiring managers, HR partners
  • Leaders of corporate employee/business resource groups

About the course

Bentley University’s Diversity & Inclusion Champion Certificate equips business executives with the training and tools to create and nurture an inclusive organizational culture. Participants in the program move from individual self-reflection and learning, to team-level diagnosis and interventions, and finally to organizational and system-level change planning.

Learn to Build and Inspire a Culture of Belonging

To translate demographic and cognitive diversity into a culture of belonging, organizations must encourage, train, and inspire executives to take ownership of the organization’s diversity and inclusion journey. The Diversity & Inclusion Champion Certificate offers an intensive, experiential 3-day program that prepares participants as champions of inclusion who understand the importance of diversity, equity & inclusion (DE&I) and how to lead organizational change that will foster an inclusive workplace culture.

During the program you will:

  • Understand the business and human case for DE&I by exploring the latest data
  • Gain insight on potential barriers to an inclusive workplace and actionable strategies to overcome these barriers
  • Explore research-based methodologies proven to bridge differences and facilitate team cohesion
  • Develop a detailed change initiative specific to your organization to immediately drive impact

Program Topics and Structure

This intensive, experiential 3-day program is led by a Master Facilitator from Bentley University’s Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women and Business (CWB). The CWB provides thought leadership and training on critical diversity, equity & inclusion issues. CWB facilitators lead hundreds of sessions with businesses worldwide, providing knowledge and tools to foster inclusive organizations.

Day 1: Foundations and Individual Exploration

  • Understand the business and human case for diversity, equity & inclusion (DE&I) by exploring the latest data
  • Define foundational concepts including intersectionality, unconscious bias, and micro-inequities
  • Understand key psychological processes that impede relations across difference and how to address them
  • Learn how to identify individual biases and techniques to de-bias behaviors
  • Explore how allyship, cultural humility, and an understanding of individual privilege can help leaders facilitate organizational transformation and help organizations uproot systemic barriers to inclusion

Day 2 – Facilitating Inclusivity within Teams

  • Assess power dynamics and their role in teams and organizations
  • Explore group norms, the connection between norms and micro-inequities, and how to shift norms toward inclusivity
  • Learn to identify individual and group biases and delve into remedies to interrupt these individually and as a team
  • Recognize different conflict styles and their role in group interactions
  • Learn process interventions to resolve conflict within teams while leveraging disagreements related to diversity of opinions, skills, and expertise.
  • Understand how to conduct a courageous conversation, and how to provide de-biasing feedback to bridge differences
  • Practice how to leverage trust-building courageous conversations
  • Enhance team effectiveness and cohesion

Day 3 – Program Implementation and Sustainability

  • Explore Diversity, Equity & Inclusion through an organizational change lens
  • Create a detailed Individualized Change Initiative to introduce and implement in your organization
  • Engage in a wrap-up activity that incorporates reflection and final questions

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