Due to the social climate, there is been a rise in requests for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) trainings and workshops from organizations throughout the country. DEI conversations can make people feel vulnerable, threatened, sad, and/or angry. These are feelings that need to be expressed and worked through. This is an important work. These conversations are the path to change for so many people.
According to Caprice Hollins and Ilsa Govan (2015), it is necessary for employees, regardless of position, to have cultural competence. Cultural competence allows individuals and organizations to have a greater awareness and understanding of groups different from their own. A step further is to become culturally proficient, which Juan Araque (2021) describes as taking action to help others learn, grow, and advocate for positive change, especially for those who have a more difficult time advocating for themselves (i.e. advocating for the disabled who have required needs).
SBR is committed to ensuring individuals and organizations get the education they need to improve, develop, and become better. This includes creating awareness, providing knowledge and skills for better interactions, and creating an action plan that advocates for others. Are you and your organization ready for the next step? Are you and your organization ready for positive change and growth? If so, contact SBR Workplace Leadership Services today to take the next step.
Araque, J.C. (2021). White males like them. In K. Finney & T. Fitzgerald, The reality of diversity, gender, & skin color: From living room to classroom (pp. 155-176). Cognella Academic Publishing.
Hollins, C. & Govan, I. (2015). Diversity, equity, and inclusion: Strategies for facilitating conversations on race. Rowman & Littlefield Publishing.