Building a DEI Foundation

Building a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Foundation

Building a DEI Foundation


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 for building a solid foundation of DEI. 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 who is passionate about promoting DEI and wants to make a positive impact in their workplace or community
Classes & Dates

Building a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Foundation

This series will run for 2 hours each Thursday for 4 weeks from 1-3 pm.

Thu, Jun 8

Creating a Culture of Inclusion

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Strategies for building a strong and inclusive workforce
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:
  • Explore how a culture of inclusion benefits an organization
  • Build a framework for inclusivity and respect in your workplace
  • Discover best practices for leading an increasingly diverse workforce regarding generations, cultures, genders, backgrounds, and experiences
Thu, Jun 15

Hiring for Diversity and Inclusion

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

It is common for companies to talk about the desire to have a more diverse workforce. Diversity in the workplace is associated with better performance and happier employees, and companies with diverse workforces typically outperform their competitors. Diversity begins with a more inclusive recruitment program and strategy. If organizations use the same recruiting processes as they have always used, their recruitment results will remain the same. It isn’t enough to hope that your recruitment pool will contain more diverse candidates. Join us for an interactive session to learn practical strategies you can use right away to create an inclusive recruitment and hiring process. In this skill-building session, you will:

  • Identify a variety of language, generational, and cultural issues that may affect recruitment, retention, and teambuilding
  • Summarize strategies to avoid unconscious bias and potential legal issues in decision-making during the recruitment and hiring process
  • Write inclusive job announcements
  • Explain how to conduct an interview with cultural competency
Thu, Jun 22

Intro 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 give you the chance to:
  • 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
  • Define the leader’s role in managing the differing generations
  • Recognize the impact of age discrimination in the workplace
Thu, Jun 29

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. In this session you will:

  • Introduce Unconscious Bias and its impact on behavior
  • Increase knowledge and awareness about our uniqueness and positive impact on behavior
  • Discuss the impact of respectful behavior and our responsibility in the workplace


Thu, Jul 13

Allyship and Advocacy

1:00 PM - 3:00 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 can advocate to create a workplace culture that cultivates allyship and opportunities in this engaging new workshop. In this session you will:

  • Recognize the importance and necessity of speaking up; include and hear all voices, from new hires to senior leaders
  • Discover how to extend (and seek) development opportunities, applying a growth mindset in your workplace to level the playing field for all
  • Explore and consider more equitable practices in your existing organizational systems to mitigate bias and allow for new growth possibilities
Thu, Jul 20

Creating Psychological Safety

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

Human beings have core needs of safety and belonging, according to Abraham Maslow. 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 is 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:

  • Describe what a psychologically safe workplace looks and feels like
  • Recognize how neuroscience impacts psychological safety and productivity at work
  • Demonstrate examples of interpersonal skills and behaviors necessary to creating a psychologically safe workplace
  • Summarize why fostering belonging at work is ongoing and critical to success

Register for Building a DEI Foundation

Take the time to understand DEI, Register today to be part of this program, network with your peers, and learn how to power your career.


Building a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Foundation

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Building a DEI Foundation

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Classes Begin

Thursday, Jun 8, 2023

Registration Deadline

Thursday, Jun 8, 2023

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.

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