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Diversity and Discrimination

This training will enhance you or your organisation's ability to make the most out of the differences you experience. Discrimination affects many people in many ways. Right now, the relevant forms of discrimination that need addressing include:
  • Sexism
  • Racism
  • Homophobia
  • Ageism, and
  • Physicality
Within each society, organisation or family, there is a status quo. This dominant structure can be supported in ways that make it difficult for many people to fully participate. Unfortunately, we all lose out when either people or ideas get marginalised. This can continue while those with power purposefully or unintentionally hurt others.  In fact, many of us are unaware of our power and this itself can cause conflicts.  Unfortunately, such conflicts often continue because the suffering remains private, often out of necessity.
Without awareness and appropriate action, discrimination and oppression will allow conflicts to cycle and escalate. Most often, it is the unconscious use of power which allows the cycle of discrimination to continue. We can change this by working at a number of levels and the training can be developed to support your needs.
By creating a safe space, we can develop our awareness around diversity and our ability to challenge discrimination. As a result, we are better able to make the most of and enjoy our differences – and this means every one of us!

At the first level of training we explore:

  1. Assumptions, stereotypes & prejudices
  2. The cycle of discrimination
  3. Tools and strategies to use in the face of discrimination
  4. Getting past bigotry

In the second level of training, we go deeper and look into:

  1. Different kinds of power
  2. Valuing experiences of oppression
  3. Developing awareness of oppression and
  4. Creating new experiences of power

Both levels will both examine our own identities and develop our self-awareness.


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