Building a DEI Foundation – October

Course Starts on October 1

Building a DEI Foundation – October

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Building a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Foundation

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are more than just buzzwords — they are essential to your organization’s success. This course will introduce you to the critical concepts needed to build a solid DEI foundation. These expert-led sessions will provide best practices, insight, and the knowledge necessary to navigate the increasingly vital subject of DEI. Participants will learn how to attract and hire diverse candidates and create a culture where team members feel respected, valued, and included.

Who Should Attend?

  • Business owners, executives, and managers who want to create a more diverse and inclusive work culture and improve the overall performance of their organization
  • Human resource professionals who are responsible for recruiting, hiring, and retaining a diverse workforce
  • Employees who are interested in developing their understanding of DEI and want to contribute to a more inclusive workplace
  • Educators, trainers, and consultants who want to build their expertise in DEI and help organizations become more inclusive
  • Anyone passionate about promoting DEI and wants to make a positive impact in their workplace or community
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Classes & Dates

Building a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Foundation

This course is on Tuesday afternoons over eight weeks:

Tue, Oct 1

Creating Psychological Safety

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Explore the number one factor of successful people and teams that will set you apart at work

According to Abraham Maslow, humans have core needs of safety and belonging. Clearly psychological safety matters, but what is it? And how do we build it at work? The truth is everyone gets to be involved. Everyone contributes. Whether it’s a new employee or someone seasoned, we can all agree the wants and needs in a company’s culture are changing and have been for some time. The days of checking your personal life at the door, power and control leadership styles, and never speaking up are no longer what the workforce wants. Leaning into the trends and desires benefits the company exponentially.

By the end of this knowledge-building session, you’ll be able to:

  • Define Psychological safety and explain its importance in the workplace
  • Identify the factors that contribute to and detract from psychological safety
  • Reflect on your own behavior and how it affects the psychological safety of your team
  • Develop strategies for creating and maintaining a psychologically safe workplace
Tue, Oct 8

Allyship and Advocacy

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Learn how each one of us can work together to cultivate a workplace culture of allyship and advocacy for all

Allyship refers to acknowledging our position of advantage and using it to support and include those who are less advantaged. As allies, we actively and consistently advocate for increasing inclusion, minimizing bias, and advancing equity in our companies. In recent years, allyship has had an increased focus in the workplace. Still, many wonder what allyship looks like day to day. Learn how to advocate to create a workplace culture that cultivates allyship and opportunities in this engaging new workshop.

By the end of this knowledge-building session, you will:

  • Define the concepts of allyship and advocacy
  • Discuss the role of privilege in allyship
  • Implement strategies for being an effective ally
  • Develop plans for integrating allyship and advocacy into your daily work and interaction
Tue, Oct 15

An Introduction to Unconscious Bias

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

With self-compassion, identify and overcome bias, judgments, and prejudice in the workplace

This engaging and insightful self-awareness program respectfully explores sensitive, useful, and important information on unconscious bias for any company with employees from different cultural or generational backgrounds. It goes beyond understanding differences and offers practical tips for respectfully and effectively leveraging uniqueness and commonalities among employees to boost morale, engagement, and your bottom line.

By the end of this skill-building session, you will:

  • Recall and explain the concept of unconscious bias, including its definition and types
  • Understand and describe the consequences of unconscious bias on decision-making, workplace diversity, and overall organizational culture
  • Formulate practical solutions and techniques aimed at reducing unconscious bias in the workplace
Tue, Oct 22

An Introduction to Microaggressions

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Take the first step to tackle microaggressions and foster inclusive spaces

This training is designed for professionals at all levels who aspire to create truly inclusive workplaces. Attendees will learn to recognize the nuanced impact of microaggressions, differentiating between intention and impact, and understanding the clumsiness that often underlies these actions. The training delves into the feelings of being left out or “othered” that can result from microaggressions. Participants will explore the motive behind being a good person and the importance of dropping qualifiers when addressing others. By examining microaggressions as more than just backhanded compliments, attendees will gain insights into fostering inclusivity, leaning in rather than alienating, and taking radical personal responsibility for their actions and emotions. This training is for anyone committed to building a more empathetic and equitable workplace.

By the end of this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Recognize microaggressions in day-to-day life
  • Explain how privilege doesn’t mean someone had it easy, nor is privilege earned
  • Develop a growth mindset to empathize with others
  • Provide illustrative instances of personal experiences where microaggressions have been encountered
Tue, Oct 29

Multicultural Communication

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Learn how communication styles vary across cultures and how they impact interactions

Embark on a transformative journey with our “Multicultural Communication” training, designed to empower you with the essential skills for thriving in a diverse workplace. Uncover the art of fostering meaningful connections across cultures, as you delve into nuanced communication strategies that transcend borders. From navigating cultural nuances to amplifying collaboration, this session promises an immersive experience that goes beyond words. Join us to embrace diversity, enhance teamwork, and unlock new dimensions of success in your professional journey. Elevate your communication prowess and become a catalyst for positive change within your organization.

By the end of this knowledge-building session, you’ll be able to:

  • Recall and articulate key concepts related to multicultural communication
  • Apply multicultural communication skills in simulated scenarios
  • Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of multicultural communication strategies in resolving workplace challenges
Tue, Nov 5

An Introduction to Generational Diversity

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Understanding and leveraging the strengths of different age groups

With the entry of Gen Z into the workforce beginning in 2018, the United States features FIVE different generations in our workforce for the first time in history. And they are really DIFFERENT generations! This presents leaders with additional layers of challenge in communications, utilization, training, and succession planning. This issue is particularly impactful to small organizations with an aging workforce and little budgetary freedom to over-hire or cross-train. This program highlights the changes in our workforce, how leaders can deal with it, and the consequences of age discrimination in the workplace.

This knowledge-building class gives you the chance to:

  • Define the leader’s role in managing the differing generations
  • Describe and discuss the five different generations in the workplace by evaluating their differing outlooks, expectations, and generalized work performances
  • Evaluate the impact of an aging workforce on your organization
Tue, Nov 12

Creating a Culture of Inclusion

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Building and promoting belonging is the workplace

What do the following five things have in common?

  1. Employee recruiting and hiring
  2. Global Staffing
  3. Internal communication
  4. Work/life balance
  5. Performance Management

They all benefit from being thoughtfully designed with inclusion as their north star! Inclusion in the workplace has traditionally been handled by HR departments in businesses. This practical and tactical session will help your organization create a culture of inclusion in your workplace and inspire togetherness.

By the end of this skill-building session, you will:

  •  Summarize the impact of an inclusive work environment on employee morale, productivity, and innovation
  • Explain the legal and ethical implications of fostering an inclusive workplace
  • Compare and contrast different cultural perspectives on inclusion, highlighting commonalities and differences
  • Develop strategies for addressing specific challenges in the workplace related to inclusion
Tue, Nov 19

An Employees Guide to Workplace Harassment and Discrimination

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Empower your employees to stand up for themselves: a comprehensive guide to creating a safe and inclusive workplace

We regularly hear stories in the news about workplace harassment, but what really constitutes harassment and discrimination? As an employee, what do you need to know to make sure you don’t violate any company policies? If you feel you have been the victim of harassment or discrimination, what steps can you take to inform your employer and ensure that you are protected? This is a serious topic and better to inform employees proactively than when there is a cause for concern in your organization.

This knowledge-building session gives you the chance to:

  • Recall the different types of harassment and discrimination
  • Understand what you and your company are responsible for, related to complaints
  • Apply real-world examples and scenarios to identify unwelcome behavior

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Building a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Foundation

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Course Name

Building a DEI Foundation – October

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Classes Begin

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2024

Registration Deadline

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2024

If you need help registering or applying for a grant, please contact Kallee McGraw or schedule a call.

Interested in training grant funds to offset the cost?

Learn how you can access this course at no cost through the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Program by viewing our Learning & Development Catalog.


Building a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Foundation

What is the difference between “Training Just for You” and “Training for Your Company”?
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“Training Just for You” is a training program that any individual from any company can sign up to attend. You’ll join a group of peers from other companies for weekly training sessions. AIM HR Solutions holds these sessions virtually; you can view our calendar of upcoming “Training Just for You” events here. “Training for Your Company” means that we will work with you to deliver training to your company, virtually or onsite. Contact Kelly McInnis if you want to learn more about holding training for your company.

Are these courses available in virtual and in-person formats?
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All of our Training Just For You programs are currently virtual only. If you are interested in AIM HR Solutions offering this program virtually or onsite for your company, contact Kelly McInnis.

Is this course eligible for a grant?
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This course is eligible for the Express Program or the General Grant through the Workforce Training Fund Program. To learn more about this grant and how we can help, you can download our Learning & Development Catalog. If you still have more questions, you can contact Kelly McInnis.

Do you offer in-person training outside of Massachusetts?
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All of our “Training Just for You” programs are held virtually and therefore can be attended by individuals anywhere in the world! Training for your company can also be offered in a virtual format to employees located anywhere. We currently do not offer in-person training outside of Massachusetts. To talk about how we may be able to support you, please contact Kelly McInnis.

Can I register a team of people?
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Yes, and we are here to help! Contact Kallee McGraw at for help registering your team members.

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