Leading with Equity & Inclusion: Personal & Interpersonal
Fall Semester 2021
September 19| 9:30 am - 3:30 pm | in person
October 3 | 9:30 am – 3:30 pm | in person
*students will be required to meet virtually in small groups with instructor once between the in-person session
Many talented and otherwise successful leaders lack the skills, competencies, and experience to practically embed their deeply held values of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into their management practice. DEI work requires a different approach and process than most other ways we learn to work, manage, and lead. Oppression manifests at four levels: personal, interpersonal, organizational, and structural or systemic. To create a more equitable society, leaders must be prepared to address oppression at all four of these levels, often simultaneously. Part 1 of Leading with Equity & Inclusion will focus on the first two levels, personal and interpersonal, as you develop your inclusive management vision. Beginning with foundational knowledge of the evolution and current trends of DEI in organizations, you will examine how your identity, experiences, and culture shape your management style and work preferences, and how you show up at work and in your interactions and relationships with others. You will engage in critical discussions around topics of power and privilege, white dominant culture traits, intercultural competency, microaggressions, and unconscious bias. You will develop your personal inclusive management vision based on deep self-reflection and analysis of your personal and professional values.
By the end of this micro-course you will…
- Understand and be prepared to articulate to others why leaders should care about and center equity.
- Be introduced to data about the racial leadership gap and the audiences served and left out of the social welfare market in order to build a sustainability case for centering equity and inclusion.
- Develop shared foundational language to understand and articulate what words such as diversity, equity, and inclusion (among others) mean in general, for employers, and specifically for you.
- Gain a working understanding of the DEI field, visions for the future, the ecosystem of equity work, and how to determine what kind of DEI consultant you may want to work with and/or DEI program you want to participate in
- Understand how your identity, experiences, and culture shape your management style and work preferences, and how you show up at work and in interactions and relationships with others.
- Practice communication and conflict resolution while centering equity and inclusion during group discussions
- Practice evaluating your decision-making processes and outcomes through an equity lens
- Develop your personal inclusive management vision- a document/tool you can continue to refine throughout your career that will be your north star for living into your values as a manager and leader
Assignments will include:
- Pre-readings and videos
- Reflection journal (with worksheets to complete to guide reflections)
- Inclusive management vision document