More and more Middle Schools, High Schools, and Colleges across the country are allocating resources in the are of diversity training in an attempt to strengthen the cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity, and cultural competency of students, faculty, and staff. A large part of these efforts of increased diversity trainings are focused on learning about cultural nuances, attitudes, influencers, and behaviors of different races, cultures, and ethnicities. And we agree that these are all very important areas to explore and address and we do so with all the competence, confidence, commitment, and consistency that it requires. Based on our research and experience in this area however, we have found that focusing on diversity alone is not enough.
With CO-HEART, we help our partners in Education go beyond diversity (a state of being) to explore the power and purpose of inclusion (an act of doing). Diversity and Inclusion should go hand-in-hand. If we truly want to enjoy and benefit from the richness of diversity that surrounds us, we must be willing to tap into the richness of that diversity through the power of inclusion. Although Diversity & Inclusion should always be linked, it is important to understand that they are also very distinct. CO-HEART helps its participants dive deeper into the relationship between the two and shares principles that empowers you to appropriately engage and connect with diverse groups and audiences by better understanding similarities and differences and how they should co-exist.
It is important to know that the CO-HEART training & workshop is not prescriptive, accusatory, or judgmental. This full day interactive session is a facilitated dialogue & workshop that encourages a collaborative co-creation of thoughts, ideas, and solutions. This inclusive exchange of information creates a climate where custom solutions are developed to meet the needs of your specific school, faculty, staff, and student body.
Upon completion of the CO-HEART training, participants will have:
- Explored & analyzed the existing relationship between their school and the diverse student body that they serve.
- Reflected on the roles that all stakeholders have played in the cause of any issues that may exist and what role they can specifically play in the resolution, both individually and collectively.
- Understood how to effectively apply the 4-step MEET Model to strengthen their relationship with diverse student populations.
- Developed S.M.A.R.T action steps that can immediately be applied to start the resolution and reconciliation process within their respective school, department, class, or group.