The Virtual Leadership, Diversity, and Race program critically examines the issues facing organizations who aspire to capitalize on the synergies of a diverse workforce, and how barriers such as implicit bias and systemic racism can sometimes prevent this from occurring. In our supportive virtual classroom environment, you'll gain an in-depth understanding of how focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion can enhance your organization and team goals, and also gain insight into tools that can help dismantle any barriers that may prohibit your organization’s ability to do so. We will explore the latest research, discuss best practices, and reflect on how you can make a significant impact when navigating and leveraging diversity, equity, and inclusion in your organization.
Who Should Attend?
Business leaders at middle to senior organizational levels, HR management, and those initiating or expanding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts within an organization will benefit from Virtual Leadership, Diversity and Race. This program will assist managers who deal with team members, co-workers, or direct reports different from them racially and who want to create a more inclusive and equitable work environment. Others who observe barriers to career growth created by systemic racism in their own company but do not have direct responsibility for, or control of, these practices will gain tools to use in influencing a change in their firm. Being a racially-sensitive leader today requires that you are:
- Knowledgeable about the different experiences people from different races have in the workplace and how disparities are perpetuated in an organizational culture
- Understand the barriers to career growth that some employees have to overcome as a result of implicit bias, stereotypes, and prejudice
- Able to engage in authentic conversations about diversity, race, and systemic racism in the workplace
- Equipped to combat the adverse effects of racism in the workplace.
More about this program
If you are committed to establishing or elevating an inclusive work environment for your business unit, your teams, and your co-workers, this virtual course will provide you with tools to increase awareness of issues in your existing workplace, identify steps you can take to provide racial equity, and build a business case for implementing change.
This live, online course consists of:
- Four 3-hour and 15-minute live-streamed virtual class sessions (held on consecutive days) and a 60-minute online orientation one day prior to the start of the course
- Daily team exercises, which provide an opportunity to gain insights and perspectives from participants in other industries and functions
- Robust virtual class discussions with your instructor and your course-mates, who face similar challenges and work issues to yours
Classes will be held using widely available video-conferencing technology, which has become our virtual teaching platform. The technology creates a virtual classroom where you can see the professor and presentation screen, as well as seeing the other participants. Similarly, the professor can see all of the students who engage online during the group session. You’ll be able to communicate with both the professor and your peers through this platform. This technology is the same as the one we use in our executive MBA classes.
To participate in this course you will need to have a working webcam, built in or attached, and have downloaded the Zoom Cloud Meeting app onto your laptop.
If you have any questions about this requirement, call the Duke Executive Education team at +1.919.660.8011 or Toll Free +1.800.372.3932, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The curriculum for this program includes the following concepts and themes:
Respect and Mutual Understanding
Leadership is the process of influencing others to understand and agree about what needs to be done and how it can be done effectively, and the process of facilitating individual and collective efforts to accomplish the shared objectives. Thus, in order to lead effectively, a leader needs to be able to capitalize on the strengths of each of his or her followers and to understand their diverse perspectives. The purpose of this session is to assess shared and differing perceptions and values in organizations that shape how diverse groups of individuals make sense of each other, their work, achievements, and their environments.
Implicit Bias, Prejudice, and Discrimination
The popular press often discusses the idea of “implicit bias”. What is it? Is it a useful idea? This session will give you a deep understanding of the psychology of stereotypes and prejudice in organizations. It will review research on the pros and cons of relying on “implicit bias training” as a tool for fixing organizational problems. Ultimately, the goal of changing organizations requires an “And”: Awareness of implicit bias can be a useful motivation to change, and new structures are essential for real change.
Maximizing Workforce Diversity
Different people and different workgroups start with different assumptions about the importance of diversity efforts and the nature of diversity. To successfully navigate these varying perspectives, this session will help you better understand varying dimensions of diversity with a focus on cognitive diversity (e.g., areas of training, experience, and expertise) and demographic diversity (e.g., race, ethnicity, age, and gender) and their overlap. Emphasizing the dual importance of diversity to foster new ideas and to motivate employees, customers, and investors by having a workforce that represents society, this session will help prepare you to identify and define the diversity advantage in your workplace.
Deconstructing Systemic Racism in the Workplace
Leaders can be quick to condemn racism, but they are frequently ill-equipped to lead authentic discussions about racism in society and in their organizations. Racism is one of the most difficult topics to discuss. To successfully tackle such a thorny topic, business leaders first need to turn inward and assess how prepared they are to lead these conversations. Through personal commitment, education, equitable policies, and targeted investments, leaders can enhance academic excellence by creating environments that reduce - rather than perpetuate - racial disparities. This session will help to prepare you to lead authentic discussions about race, racism, and systemic racism in organizational settings.
Learning Outcomes or Benefits to Individuals who participate:
- Learn how to enhance interpersonal relationships with diverse group members through mutual understanding and respect
- Develop an understanding of strategies that have been successfully implemented to help successfully lead diverse groups
- Attain a better understanding of the social underpinnings that can give rise to barriers that undermine diversity efforts, such as implicit bias, stereotypes, and prejudice
- Understand proven strategies on how to combat the adverse effects of stereotypes and implicit bias in your organization
- Gain a better understanding of the busines case for diversity
- Learn how to clearly articulate why diversity is an important organizational goal
- Learn how to engage in authentic conversations about diversity, race and systemic racism in the workplace
- Gain an in depth understanding of systemic racism, how it can perpuate organizational disparities, and strategies that can help minimize it in organizational settings
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