Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging for the Public Sector
August 15th & August 22nd, 2023 | 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM EST | Online
Tools and Strategies for Mitigating Bias and Fostering an Inclusive Workplace Culture
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) for the Public Sector has been designed to help government employees champion workplace inclusivity by recognizing bias and building a culture where emotional and psychological safety is a top priority.
Over the course of 3 distinct modules: Fundamentals of DEI & Self Exploration, Recognizing Bias, and Creating a Sense of Belonging.
This course takes a deep-dive into DEIB and will equip you with the skills to embed diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging into the very fabric of your workplace.
DEIB for the Public Sector will arm you with the tools to help build a more inclusive workplace from the ground up. This course will explore everything from DEIB terminology to unconscious bias and key strategies for elevating DEIB in your organization. Drawing on research with other public sector employees, DEIB for the Public Sector will show you a pathway for recognizing, valuing, and elevating diverse voices and experiences throughout your department and organization.
Whether you are just getting started in your career, managing staff and teams, or using this course to deepen your understanding of DEIB, this in-depth training course has something for you. Through an informative mix of presentations, self-reflective exercises and a supportive peer learning environment, DEIB for the Public Sector will provide actionable steps designed to help you sharpen and continue your DEIB journey.
Who Should Attend
All Human Resources Leaders, Managers and Teams
Recruitment & Retention Leaders, Managers and Teams
Health and Wellbeing Leaders, Managers and Teams
Get better acquainted with DEIB terminologies such as diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging
Recognize and mitigate bias in decision-making and workplace environments
Learn how to build an inclusive and psychologically safe workplace and help foster a sense of belonging
Set accountable action steps to benchmark your DEIB strategy in the short and long term
Meet Your Facilitator
Executive Trainer & DEI Professional
Priya Sodha, Executive Trainer & DEI professional, has been facilitating transformational workshops and trainings for over 10 years. Priya specializes in leadership development, communication, diversity, equity and inclusion, and people-focused leadership; and is passionate about this work because she truly believes in human connection. Priya has served as a DEI Coach, trainer & consultant for companies such as BetterUp, Assemble, NPower, California Rec & Park and more.
Prior to corporate training, Priya earned her Master’s in Organizational Change Management at The New School, in New York City and a BA in Sociology at California State University of Long Beach, where she specialized in interaction and group relations. Her work has led her to serving as an Executive Director for the Youth Business Alliance & Director of DEI at a California based Community College.
Priya is a Certified Professional Group Coach and holds a certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from Muma College of Business. She is also an active #IamRemarkable Facilitator, a Google initiative where she speaks on the topic of self-promotion in the workplace and most recently spoke at The Women of Silicon Valley Conference on DEIB in the workplace. In her most recent work with education-based colleges in CA, she was highlighted as a trainer “who cares her participants, which is seen through her engaging content and applicable activities during her sessions.”
Priya currently lives in Southern California. Fun fact: When Priya is not working, you can find her teaching Zumba/Yoga.
Fundamentals of DEI & Self Exploration
- An Introduction to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
- Overview of DEIB & how it has evolved and changed
- Exploring key terms and definitions
- Understanding the impact of DEIB in the workplace – everyone has a role
- Breakout Activity
- The Diversity Wheel – exploring ‘identity’
- Self-Reflection – how identity has shaped us
- Group discussion and ‘learn and share’
- Identity and Intersectionality
- Setting the Framework: What is Identity & Intersectionality?
- How does intersectionality impact employees’ experiences at work?
- The relationship between overlapping identities and the complexity of prejudice
- Discovering Unconscious Bias
- Defining different types of biases
- Recognizing bias and understanding the impact it has in the workplace
- How unconscious bias impacts organizational decisions and long-term micro-aggressive behaviors
- Breakout Activity
- In this Circle of Trust activity, you will have the opportunity to explore and recognize your own internal biases and the potential impact this may have on decision-making
- Mitigating Bias
- Understand how to recognize and reduce unconscious bias in decision making
- Learn how to apologize AND move forward
- What happens when we don’t mitigate bias?
- The impact of microaggressions
Creating a Sense of Belonging
- Inclusion and Empathy
- Understanding the difference between Empathy and Sympathy
- Recognizing the individual, team and organizational impact on creating an inclusive environment
- Listening with intent – mitigating listening bias
- Breakout Activity
- Empathetic Listening – listening without bias
- Giving and receiving peer feedback
- Calling attention to the challenges and opportunities for putting listening into practice
- Conscious Allyship – Learning and Group Discussion
- Intent vs impact
- The difference between performative and conscious allyship
- Advocating for diverse voices and creating psychological safe spaces
- Drawing on lessons learned in this course, establish a blueprint for being a conscious ally, leading with empathy and putting work into action
- Group Activity: Putting Learning into Action
- In this group activity you will have the opportunity to devise a personal toolkit which can be tested and put into action in the workplace. At the end of this activity, you will receive peer-to-peer and facilitator feedback