Dignity and Honor in Being Human
One of our goals is to reconnect people to what is true and good about them. This course has been designed to honor your experiences and expand the way you see the world. This course may have adult themes, emotional topics or politically charge rhetoric. Please keep in mind that we are working to restore dignity and honor to all.
It is our aim to empower Attorneys, Social Workers, Law Enforcement Officers and Human Resource Managers and Educators to gain new knowledge and examine each of our implicit bias so that we can be aware of our personal/professional bias to eliminate the barriers that create discriminatory practices in our field of work, in the lives of our constituents and in society at large.
KEY LEARNING PRINCIPLES
Before we begin this training module it is important we keep in mind some important concepts about adult learning. These points will help us all learn more and will contribute to a better sharing of the knowledge contained in this training module.
Our Approach is simple we help Government and Educational organizations manage and train staff, employees and clients on Diversity issues without Blame, Fault or Guilt. We understand that people are doing the best they can with what they have, yet we encourage them to examine themselves, explore other cultures and become allies for others. We work to move people's behaviors not by pushing them or making them feel guilty but by dissecting, analyzing and making meaning of the issues that face us in a fair and balanced way that people can hear, understand and move to create something collaboratively.
All human behavior is Goal Directed All human behavior is goal directed which means that people do what they do because they believe that it is helping them reach a goal. So when their behaviors don't work any longer or the organization's goal differ from personal goals we help get things in order.
We Love Bigots, Racist and Homophobic People We know that people are not born hating others. We have been taught to hate. This provides us with an opportunity to re-educate those that have been mis-educated. People truly can learn, change and grow. This process takes time, energy and humbleness to see their point of view to help them create new and better behaviors.
Attitude is not as important as you think I have heard people say your attitude is more important than skill or ability. I would like you to think about an attitude as a side effect of something more profound. When people get what they want they have a good attitude, when they are denied they have a bad attitude. When their goal is achieved their attitude improves. Goals drive attitudes and attitudes are side effects of goals. So to increase performance, customer service and a healthy organizational climate we have to make sure we are clear about personal and professional goals, and we help clear the air.
If you are learning the course by yourself then take your time and read over the notes until you are comfortable with the material. You will be asked to demonstrate your understanding through exams, quizzes, games and journals.
If you are learning this material as part of a training session make sure to ask questions. We are confident that you will be glad that you did.
The first concept to remember is that learning is a process. From this we need to understand that learning does not happen in isolation e.g., at today’s training event or at first reading of this material. Instead it involves how you as the learner relate and even adapt this learning to your work and home environments. Once we recognize that learning is a process we can then apply everything learnt to whatever situation is at hand.
The second concept to be aware of is that we all learn in different ways or possess different styles of learning. Although this may seem like an obvious point, it has many important implications for the session today. As the training progresses the trainer will ask ‘is everything OK so far’ or ‘do you understand everything so far’ and many may state that they are happy with the progress.
However, it is quite likely that all participants may not be learning in the same way or at the same pace. As a result don’t be afraid to ask questions because what might be easy to some may be harder for others and vice-versa. It is also important to have patience if you feel the course is going to slow as it may actually be too fast for others. We all never know when we personally may need some extra time to understand things and will appreciate others support when this happens. What is important today is that everyone learns and hopefully meets their expectations from the course.
The third concept to recognize is that learning is improved when it is goal-directed. Research has consistently demonstrated that when clear goals are associated with learning that the learning occurs more easily and rapidly. To illustrate, people who learn to drive so that they can get to and from work generally find the experience easier and apply themselves to reach this end. In contrast if you were placed on a course not knowing how it could be applied to your working or home environments then the experience could be frustrating and the learning achieved not optimal. Again this may seem obvious but it is surprising how many participate in courses without a clearly identified purpose.
Fourth, active participation improves the learning process. Research has also shown that by actively participating in training events that it improves how learning is achieved and how long information is retained. As a result don’t be afraid to get involved or to make a mistake. After all mistakes are some of the best examples of learning and creativity in the world.
Finally don’t forget to be open to learning. No matter what you current knowledge and skill levels within this area it is essential that you are prepared to learn from the course and the other participants. It is also very likely that you have knowledge and experiences that could benefit the other participants and even the trainer. Please share what you can as it will make the course more rewarding for all concerned.
We cause people to think and we ask them to find solutions to their groups problems. I know that sound nice. The Truth is that we can come to your organization do a great presentation but at the end of the day I am going home and you will be left to deal with each other.
No BLAME, FAULT or GUILT
We want you above all else to think and think critically about diversity issues. None of currently living set up the system so spending time blame and pointing fingers is a waste of time.
We have to take responsibility for the world that was given to us, although we did not create these systems and may even benefit form them in some way we must create justice and equity in our live time so our children can live better and different lives.
Having introduced the main concepts of adult learning, it is now necessary to apply them to your own learning - both within your working environment and outside life. Please remember that since all answers given are only for your use that it is advisable that you answer them as accurately and honestly as possible.
We hope that you find this course beneficial.
Andre Koen, Facilitator
Call Us: 651- 998-9376
What is Diversity?
Diversity an Introduction
We will approach Diversity as a tool of leadership by looking at 3 dimensions of leadership. People, Process and Power. Diversity is about the People in our organizations, those we serve and stakeholders who believe in our mission. Diversity includes both accounting for and recognizing the legal and general understanding of differences and commonalities. It allows us to fully utilize and develop all human potential to effectively achieve our common objectives or goals.