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It happens sometimes.
Your organization is committed to inclusion. Training sessions offer participants the opportunity to reflect, discuss and comment on exclusion and discrimination within the organization. And the dialogue is meaningful.
But shortly after an intense sharing discussion, a participant expresses concern that they’ve shared a little too much.
As a result, they may feel awkward, uncomfortable, nervous or even scared.
Thinking that’s a problem? It doesn’t have to be.
Discussing discrimination and exclusion in the workplace can prove even more challenging when bosses – who have the power to hire and fire – are themselves the ones needing the most training on inclusion practices.
So what’s the correct way to hold sessions? Include supervisors and not have full employee input? Or leave the bosses out even though you recognize they’re in need of equity and inclusion training as well?
I prefer to include supervisors and staff together. Here’s why.
More and more change agents and activists are in deep burnout these days – and they don’t even realize it. They are still getting up every morning to work for social justice, but things just don’t feel like they used to.
But as dedicated change agents, they keep on. The challenge is that they are depleting themselves, endangering their health, and undermining their long-term capacity to sustain activism and effective change work.
Hot buttons. Everybody’s got ‘em.
OK, admit it. Sometimes co-workers, colleagues or work situations irritate you.
And to add insult to injury, you get even more annoyed when those around you don’t seem to be bothered by any of it.
As we grew up, most of us didn’t realize we were being educated to believe white is right. I was socialized as a college administrator in predominantly white organizations that reinforced white cultural practices as the right way – the only way – to serve students.
It never occurred to me that the dances I coordinated or the training I designed and facilitated did not address the needs and issues of students of color. I simply perpetuated ideas and approaches that I’d been taught by others whites without questioning the impact across race.
This is a hard reality to acknowledge and admit. Can you relate?
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