Diversity & Inclusion Training

Program Overview

Diverse workforces can be a powerful engine of innovation and excellence. When members of staff feel like they belong to an organisation that values who they are, they feel empowered to bring their best self to work. 

This training program develops a shared understanding of the value of diversity and the importance of inclusion. Here, participants can learn how diversity, if managed well, can promote better outcomes socially, economically and ethically. Once a holistic value proposition for diversity is made, we then investigate the dynamics of organisational cultural change and how it affects the organisation’s willingness and ability to adopt policies, procedures and mindsets that support and promote diversity.

We begin by exploring diversity an an expression of human variation subject to the intersecting dynamics of power, privilege and preference. We reflect on what participants perceive is ‘okay’ and what is ‘not okay’ within the organisation with a view to explore viewpoint diversity and build empathy. We then offer a set of tools and behavioural frameworks to overcome those barriers and thus change workplace norms.

Key Outcomes

  • 1. Develop a shared understanding of diversity, inclusion & bystander action.
  • 2. Reflect on individual and shared perspectives on demographic and viewpoint diversity.
  • 3. Learn active bystander communication skills.
  • 4. Develop competence intervening in high-stakes situations.

Topics Covered

Demographic and Viewpoint diversity

Unconscious bias

Direct & indirect intervention techniques

Barriers to effective bystander action

"I gained a great awareness and believe it has made me a better person in my life as well as a Manager. It provided real life stories, challenging scenarios and opportunities to raise questions to people who live and breathe these situations."
Debbie Tyson - Manager Development and Compliance Services, Cardinia Shire Council


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Program Information

Diversity & Inclusion training

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  • Delivery mode: Online
  • Workshop length: Half day / Full day
  • 2 expert facilitators
  • 10-25 participants
  • Participant evaluation

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