by L. Sanders | May 13, 2024 | 5 Min Read

Developing a DE&I Learning Program


Have you identified that your organization is ready to develop a DE&I learning program but are unsure where to start? We've got you covered. This, we'll explore essential DE&I topics and effective learning modalities that can help to form the foundation of your program. 

Before we dive into the specifics, it’s crucial to lay the groundwork for success. Implementing effective strategies for inclusive learning, such as conducting a comprehensive needs assessment will help you understand your learners' barriers, identify the most effective materials and modalities, and address any specific compliance requirements. With these insights in hand, you'll be well-equipped to develop an impactful DE&I learning program.

Key DE&I Topics to Include 

When designing learning programs, it's important to recognize that a one-size-fits-all approach can be ineffective. This highlights the importance of understanding your organization's specific DE&I objectives and the unique needs of your learners. We’ve created an outline of topics based on eLearning Industry's guide on 'What To Include In Your DEI Training,' as well as successful programs we’ve developed with our clients. It is essential to note that your program may include a variety of other topics tailored to your organization.

Understanding Unconscious Bias

  • Explore how unconscious biases shape interactions and decisions in the workplace. Provide your employees with resources to identify and mitigate bias, empowering them to proactively address unconscious biases in the workplace.

Cultural Competence

  • Provide training on cultural awareness and sensitivity. Highlight the importance of communicating and interacting effectively with employees of various cultural backgrounds, enhancing mutual respect, and understanding.

Inclusive Leadership

  • Focus on developing leaders who can add value to an inclusive environment where all team members are encouraged to contribute ideas. Cover strategies for leaders to recognize diversity, promote equity, and ensure every voice is heard.

Microaggressions and Their Impact

  • Discuss the subtle, often unintentional expressions of bias called microaggressions. Emphasize their cumulative impact on morale and productivity and introduce ways to avoid them.

Equity vs. Equality

  • Clarify the difference between equity and equality and why focusing on equity is crucial in the workplace. Discuss how tailored approaches to meet individual needs can lead to more effective team dynamics and performance.

Realizing the Unboxed Vision

Unboxed Training and Technology has experience guiding clients, like you, in creating tailored DE&I learning programs that truly resonate with their workforce. By blending online and in-person sessions, we accommodate diverse learning preferences and reinforce key messages in multiple modalities. Our interactive workshops, featuring role-play and simulations, provide learners with a hands-on understanding of DE&I challenges. Additionally, we provide structure to peer learning groups to drive storytelling and sharing sessions, allowing employees to exchange personal experiences that deepen empathy and enhance understanding. 

Interested in incorporating these topics and modalities in your DE&I learning program? Our team is ready to help you commit to a truly inclusive workplace.

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