Diversity Education Classes

NEW! Cultural Awareness and Counseling Part One,
Video interview with Michael J.S. Carter

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The American workforce is changing rapidly and that includes health care as well!  A unique blend of various cultures, ideas, and perspectives can now be found in our 21st century workforce, which by the way continues to grow at an amazing rate. One must also keep in mind the number of baby boomers reaching retirement age at this time in our nation’s history. Yes, the workplace (and the times) “they are a changin”.The new leaders of today must be able to work in an environment which requires them to not only be able to be competent when dealing with issues surrounding race and gender, but these new leaders must be able to deal with differences in culture, geography, and generational differences as well. Not to mention plurality of thought. Emotional intelligence and sensitivity is needed more now than ever.

How does one learn to do work well and survive in these  challenging and exciting times? By taking diversity classes! Workforce Diversity is a journey and we are all at different places on the road to cultural competency. This is not about being PC or politically correct. This is about being PC, also known as being personally conscious. Mission Health System is committed to workforce diversity and inclusion. Classes will be taught by Mission Health System Diversity Officer Michael Carter. Come and assist us in making your workplace the welcoming and inclusive work environment it was meant to be. You’ll also get to meet someone new and exciting along the way—-Yourself!

Objectives of the Diversity Education Classes

·         To Increase awareness that valuing diversity individually and institutionally is an essential skill in the workplace and for the success of the institution.

·         To learn about our personal biases and to risk going outside of our comfort zones when dealing with  other people and cultures. To be accountable for our biases and to each other.

·         To be more compassionate and understanding with ourselves and each other.

Diversity Education Classes

Is It Bias? Getting rid of bias is within our control but first we have to know what it is when we see or hear it.  We will learn how to identify subtle biases within ourselves and others and how to defeat them.

Race, Ethnicity, Language, and Religion In the Workplace These are the challenges of the 21st century workplace. Learn how to negotiate these challenges for a more welcoming and effective workplace environment.

Age and Physical Ability. We are beginning to view these diversity categories with fresh lenses. Let’s explore the workplace challenges and see where we stand. In a society that at times is accused of “worshipping youth” we will surely have an interesting discussion!

Gender and Sexual Orientation Issues. The title says it all.  How are we really treating women and employees of a different sexual orientation?  The challenges are real and  cannot be shunned any longer.

Out Of The Past Highlighting the struggle of the Gay Community in these United States. Told through the eyes of Kelli Peterson, a 17 year old high school student in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Ms. Peterson made history by forming a Gay/Straight Alliance in her public school. Fascinating.

An Unlikely Friendship The film explores the relationship that develops between a Civil Rights worker and a Knight of The Ku Klux Klan in 1970s Raleigh, N.C.

Mixing Four Generations In The Workplace. Four the first time in history four generations are in the workplace at the same time. How do we get along?

Unnatural Causes Part 1.. What connections exist between healthy bodies, healthy bank accounts, and skin color?

Unnatural Causes Part 5. Where you live predicts your health?

Ouch That Stereotype Hurts! How do speak with others when they have made stereotypical comments to you or others whom you care about.

Ouch Your Silence Hurts. Inspires passive bystanders to use their voice as active allies. Silence implies collusion.

The Eye of The Storm. After the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in April of 1968, a third grade teacher in an all white Christian small town, teaches her class what it feels like to be discriminated against based on physical characteristics of which one has no control.

Blue Eyed. A group of 40 teachers, police, school administrators and social workers in Kansas City, African Americans, European Americans, Latino/Latinas, women and men, come together for just a few hours to explore the meaning of being labeled different. The blue eyed members of the group are subjected to pseudo-scientific explanations of their inferiority, culturally biased IQ tests, and blatant discrimination. In just a few hours grown professionals become despondent, distracted, and stumbling over the simplest commands.

Drop by Drop. How micro inequities and insensitivities can destroy a workplace….drop by drop.

Coming Out! Voices of Gay and Lesbian Teens and their families.

Last Chance for Eden Part 1 Nine men and women begin an emotionally charged conversation about how racism and sexism have affected their lives and families. Powerful and not for the faint of heart.

Last Chance for Eden Part 2.  The struggle continues.

The Way Home Part 1 Women from various cultures in this country talk about sexism and racism. Eye opening.

The Way Home Part 2 The conversation continues.

Martin’s Lament: Race and Religion In America Why is 11am on Sunday Morning still the most segregated hour in America.

Cultural Competency: Just Good Healthcare Learning how health care institutions and their staff work with diversity in order to give patient centered care.

Four Generations: The Greatest Potential For the first time in American History 4 generations have converged in the workplace.  How do we learn to work together and respect one another?

Diversity Challenges: What Would You Do? Defining diversity and understanding how to navigate through a diverse workforce are two very different things. It is one thing to understand what diversity is, but it’s another to hire and manage the human complexities of a diverse workforce…What would  you do? The DVD  consists of two open ended scenarios to provide organizations, trainers and employees with a tool to initiate discussion.

The Color of Fear, parts 1&2 The films need to be shown separately as they are about an hour apiece. This is an award winning documentary about eight North American men of Asian, European, Latino, and African descent, who spend a weekend together talking about racism.  What  evolves is a dialogue that most of us fear but hope will happen sometime in our lives. Not for the faint of heart.

The Color of Fear Part 3 This is a film about the struggle of the gay, community to be understood in a predominately heterosexual society.  The original cast from the color of fear grapples with their fears and stereotypes of gays in this country. Also discussed are the complexities of being male, the fears that men have of each other, and their thoughts on same sex marriage. The film is thought provoking, intimate, and painful. These stories have a need to be heard and to be believed. Again, not for the faint of heart.

What’s in a Name? Diversity and Inclusion as Mission, Please see the online version of  my article by following this link:

http://diversityofficermagazine.com/historical-issues/whats-in-a-name/

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