Understanding Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace

Fostering DIVERSITY and improving INCLUSION are vital to a positive and EQUITABLE working environment.

DEIB Consultancy

Our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging consultants will start off by intaking your company's goals, and then propose a 3-5 month plan based on data gathered from the following steps:

Conduct a Needs Assessment

  • Evaluate existing data, including demographic breakdowns, turnover, retention, current strategy, etc.

  • Meet with c-suite leadership to groups of ERGs, and compile quantitative and qualitative data

  • Evaluate the "why" and gaps behind the data; as well as company motivation factors

Establish Goals, Roadmap, & Measurables

  • Develop short and long-term goals, and action items

  • Recommend and implement training and coaching needed – facilitated by consultant and complemented with FitPros program recommendations

 

Evalutate sustainability steps once the program is implemented

  • Consultant will check in on a set cadence to ensure progress, reassess training plan, and to hold you accountable for long term goals

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DEIB Health Talks

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Enhancing Belonging & Inclusion of Women in your Organization

Enhancing Belonging & Inclusion of Women: Women are an important driver of success in any organization, as evidence suggests that gender diverse companies are exponentially more likely to yield financial returns above industry medians. However, unconscious biases adversely affect women's sense of belonging and ability to access support at work. In this workshop, you will discuss well-researched obstacles impacting women, as well as actionable steps to override biases and create an inclusive and empowering workspace for all.

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Room for Everyone

The definition of insanity is, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. In order to create "Room for Everyone," we must stop continuous judgement. Moving yourself into question and possibility will allow you to obtain personal peace and healthier relations with those around you. In this workshop you will learn how to be more present, how to have strategic awareness and how to be courageously kind. Doing so will not only empower the unique races and sexes in your workspace with the 'room' they need, but also help them to value what colleaguesb bring to the table are different than you.

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Fact-based Methods for Fostering Health Relationships

Fostering Healthy Relationships: Fact-based Methods for Connection: Discover how to bring a deeper level of presence, strategic awareness, and courageous kindness to relationships. You will be empowered to shift and clear your clutter; learn lifelong tools for greater ease, and design a framework that makes relationships a creation point while moving away from limiting beliefs. You will learn to invite the ideas of honor, allowance, vulnerability, and gratitude to foster healthy relationships and provide a strong foundation for your entire family life.

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That’s Not Funny! Or Is It? - Cultural Misappropriation

To be truly socially just, do you have to eliminate humor? I don’t think so! Let a trained professional explain when humor works and how it offends other people. Cultural appropriation, stereotypes, and harmful attempts at humor are not required to have a successful event or relationship. How can you plan better, intervene when something isn’t right, and take responsibility for harm in our communities? If you think before you joke – you can still joke and reap the many wellness benefits of humor.

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I am... Safe Zone: Sticks & Stones LGBTQ+ 101

What better way to learn about sexual identities than to list out social norms, stereotypes, media images, rumors, jokes, and slang! This is a safe space for any and all kinds of interactive discussions regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Heterosexual identities and more.

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White people talking––and doing something about––racism

More and more White folks are realizing they need to do something about racism, but they’re not sure how to get started. This session is meant to be a psychologically safe space for White people to actively participate in a conversation about racism. Participants will read and respond to “conversation starters”, be self-reflective and vulnerable, ask questions, make mistakes, share stories, and get comfortable being uncomfortable. The facilitator will not tell people “what to do”; rather, will guide the group discussion so that participants can listen to, learn from, and support one another in coming up with and committing to individual and collective concrete anti-racist actions and behaviors in the spaces and communities they inhabit.

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Compassionate and Informed Communication

Are you responding or are you reacting? Is your intent aligned with your impact? Is your attachment to your views lessening the influence of your words on others? In this session, we will explore communications techniques rooted in listening, mindfulness, empathy, and curiosity; discuss the difference between being right and getting it right; and examine the intrinsic motivations that drive our desire to share our opinions.

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Mental Health and Marginalized Communities

An opportunity to come together to bring up topics that are normally not discussed in the workspace. Shift the understanding of what it means to discuss race/ethnicity, gender, queerness, etc in the workplace and identify the positives of doing so. Let's look at how these things show up where you work, how it affects you and what is needed to make lasting, significant changes. 

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African-American Health: Addressing Disparities by Shifting Lifestyles Without Relinquishing Culture

The African-American community experiences significant disparities with chronic health conditions, and unequal access to healthy foods and preventive screenings. This is evident by the CDC that has noted that the top causes of death among African-Americans are heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. The connection between physical health and food choices is well known. Therefore, to combat this trend, good nutrition and physical activity can help prevent these conditions, leading to a healthier life. The aim of this session is to identify health risks and their causes (unequal access to healthy foods/prevention screenings, minority stress, and cultural influences) associated in the Black community; provide psychoeducation on the connection between lifestyle choices and chronic health conditions; and learn behavioral strategies of easy food swaps, ways to incorporate physical activity, and tips to maintain healthy lifestyle choices during the holiday season.

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Building Inclusive Workplace Cultures

The evidence is clear -- diverse workplaces do better. Companies often focus on getting people in the door, but an imperative component to the diversity equation is building an inclusive culture that inspires people to stay and truly feel like they belong. This session aims to provide you with basic insights into why underrepresented groups may feel excluded in the workplace; describe the psychological implications of workplace exclusion; and identify practical, behavioral steps you and your company can take to foster an inclusive environment.

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Psychological Impact

of Racism

Psychological research has well-documented the devastating effect racism has on the mental health and well-being of people of color. This session reviews America’s history of racism and racial terrorism. The goal of the session is to educate participants about the history and traumatic impact of racism, and to provide information on strategies to address the consequences of racism.

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Diversity and Social Justice: A Starting Place

Unlike other online diversity trainings, this course introduces the concepts that you can utilize in their your life immediately. Regardless of your identity and lived experiences, the concept of how we coexist, interact, and impact one another is imperative to build better teams, better connections, and deeper relationships. You will reflect on how you fit into the conversation of diversity. Coming to terms with your own unique positive and negative bias as well as how that intersects with your responsibility of perception and sense of entitlement to validation is the foundation of social justice work. Your experiences, choices, and impact, both intentional and unintentional, matter. This is the starting place.

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Working Across Difference: Making Better Connections

We communicate across difference in passing, on purpose, and can even arrange a virtual conversation where you can see everyone, even though we are potentially thousands of miles apart on the other side of the country, continent, or planet. While we “know” our co-workers, we often struggle to understand the cultural nuances of dealing with people of different cultural backgrounds, religions, languages, sexual orientations, gender expressions, socioeconomic variety, and more. We may be well intended when we enter or step back from a conversation. In this session, you will learn to understand what is required to work with people who are “not the same” as you are. Spoiler alert – its not about them – it is all about you!

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I am… Safe Zone: Gender This!

Sex, gender, and sexual orientation become conflated and these misunderstandings are related to sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression. This course contains the clearest model ever. Making changes starts here!

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What’s my role in social justice?

Everybody has a role to play in the social justice movement. In this session, participants will become familiar with the many different roles in the social change ecosystem––from disrupters to guides to storytellers and many more––and identify which ones match their skill set, experience, and temperament. We will explore practical applications for each role in various professional, social, and cultural contexts.

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Helping others to become an ally and how to be an effective ally

Everyone is on their own unique journey to be an ally. Recognizing where you are on that journey helps you understand where you’ve come from and where you still have to go. In this session, we will discuss the four stages of the allyship continuum, the characteristics of each stage, and how you can help others become better allies as you move along the continuum. 

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LGBTQAI - Understanding the acronym, its continued growth, and the value

This health talk brings you up to date on the exciting spectrum of sexual and gender diversity. With an eye on intersectionality, Corrie Varga LMFT, is a gender and sexuality specialist and brings their lived experience to the forefront. Through meaningful facilitated conversation and resource sharing, this talk will increase LGBTQAI cultural humility and foster a workplace through practical steps towards a more inclusive work environment for everyone.

Brief Outline
- Introductions
- Harvesting specific goals, questions, topics from the audience
- Knowledge development: Didactic on LGBTQAI acronym, brief history, current issues, intersectionality
- Q&A leading into Facilitated discussion"

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Addressing the Big Black Elephant in the Room: How to have more comfortable critical conversations

Comedians have the uncanny ability to say what everyone is thinking and even discuss controversial topics with ease. Over the past decade, stand-up audiences have remained receptive and open-minded to this refreshingly funny yet thought-provoking brand of comedy. In this workshop, the FitPro will share tips and techniques to empower participants to have more comfortable critical conversations by improving their listening skills during difficult conversations or conflicts, as well as teach them how to assess their motives, find commonalities, and confront with care. 

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The Pride Fight

We enter this Pride Month as anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation sweeps the country, specifically targeting the wellbeing and health of young people - our future generation. This talk opens with a brief tour through the history of LGBTQIA+ struggle and brings you up to date on the exciting spectrum of sexual and gender diversity. We’ll look at where we are now and what we can do as individuals and a society to uplift LGBTQIA+ rights and continue the fight for equity and equality for all.

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Lifting Up Transgender Equality and Inclusion

Successful companies across the country are recognizing the value in supporting inclusivity of gender expression in their employees, their clients, and their communities.  This Health Talk will help participants deepen their understanding of the trans experience and identify practical steps employees and organizations can take to foster a more inclusive work environment for everyone.

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Pivoting to Advocacy: How to speak up & create safe & inclusive environments

You are enlightened, but now what? We all have some type of privilege, but are we using it to advocate for others without that privilege? Get skills and techniques to cultivate inclusivity. During this talk, participants will learn how to recognize that everyone has some type of privilege, learn the language of cultural competency, and be empowered to confront injustices.

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Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. In this talk participants will learn exactly what Juneteenth is, the history behind it, the overall impact, and why we are/should be recognizing it throughout the year, let alone Black History Month, or in June.

Be You

I am… Safe Zone: Messages I Learned

Doing Social Justice work is a simple concept, but it isn't easy. While moving forward, we must also trace from where we have come from and what we have learned. This activity is primarily a silent self-reflection journey through one's past to better inform our futures.

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Parenting - how to talk to your children and family about race

Kids recognize race from a very young age. It is often parents’ reluctance to discuss race openly with their kids that leads to awkward conversations, lack of racial fluency, and a deepening of implicit and explicit racial biases. In this session, we will explore philosophical mindsets and concrete actions parents can take to normalize the conversation about race with their children and family.

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Messages I Learned: Gender

Join us for a session where we go back to where it all began! Doing social justice work and understanding our individual roles can be challenging if we don’t first look inwards at what we have come to know about ourselves and we have learned throughout our experiences. Attendees will be welcomed to this safe zoned conversation, invited to participate in an activity known as “Messages I Learned,” and discuss/identify the next appropriate steps in one’s ally/advocacy work. This talk will focus on what can be done at the company level all the way down to the individual level to ensure equality.

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Modern Families

Today’s society demands a lot from families of all kinds.  This health talk will cover the spectrum of differences amongst the structure of modern families, some of the stressors non-nuclear families face and how to build communication skills to increase wholeness within a family.  With an eye on intersectionality, this talk will increase resiliency for people facing challenges unique to issues such as adoption, infertility, blended families, cultural differences, single-parent families and more.

Diversity Students

Make Yourself at Home… Not Really: How to improve engagement in your teams

Most diversity presentations leave the majority group feeling enlightened or guilty, while the minority group is left feeling empty or vindicated.
Why do participants immediately feel right at home and seen, while others feel like guests in someone else’s home and invisible? Would all participants feel comfortable joining you in a foxhole? Research shows that engagement is a key factor that promotes high performance in organizations. During this talk, participants will learn how to assess employee engagement levels, understand cultural and social differences exist, and explore components for successful engagement initiatives. 

Additional Talk Topics Include:

  • Microaggressions (During COVID and Beyond) 

  • Wellbeing Discussions for Marginalized Groups & Allies

  • LGBTQAI - Understanding the acronym, its continued growth, and the value 

  • Science of Unconscious bias - unlearning racism

  • Representation: Power, Resistance and Media in American Politics 

  • ​COVID & the isms - understanding and challenging ageism, ableism, xenophobia, racism, and classism 

  • Equality vs. Equity How to create a more inclusive environment for all marginalized communities 

  • Gender Identity  

  • Education and acceptance of other belief systems in a world that does not always make this easy

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