Fundamentals of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives


For at least the last two decades, organizations across America have implemented programs and strategies designed to help them manage diversity more effectively. Launching an initiative requires thoughtful planning and sound methodology. This course provides a proven step-by-step process for initiating or revitalizing your diversity initiatives by exploring:

  • The need for articulating a clear link between diversity and organizational performance
  • How to use powerful developmental models to assess, diagnose, and guide the design and launching of diversity initiatives
  • Diversity as an organization development (OD) intervention
  • Key diversity competencies for discussing, assessing and optimizing the effectiveness of your strategy

Key Topics

  • The history and progression of diversity and inclusion
  • Implications for leading a diversity initiative
  • Avoiding significant obstacles
  • Identifying and overcoming resistance
  • The diversity change process step-by-step
  • Diversity competencies at the individual, group, interpersonal, and organizational levels
  • Cultivating allies: the proper role of senior management, line management, and employees
  • Building and clearly articulating the business case
  • The four organizational environments: monocultural, compliance, multicultural, inclusive
  • Best practices in diversity initiatives
  • Core skills and competencies of the diversity manager
  • Selecting and managing outside consultants
  • Legal issues related to diversity initiatives
  • Organizational assessments
  • Variations that inhibit diversity initiatives

Special Features

Case study and application; highly interactive exercises; ability to learn from other industries and disciplines; critique and feedback by a facilitator with extensive experience with diversity and inclusion, cross-cultural and leadership training.

Who Will Benefit

HR, EEO/AA, diversity managers, and those with responsibility for launching, sustaining, evaluating, or managing diversity programs