First, House of Kaizen donated and matched employee donations to the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP and BLMUK. Second, we provided our team and our community of friends, family, clients, and partners with diversity, equity, and inclusion training specifically about when and how to speak up in opposition to unjust attitudes and behaviors in our professional and personal circles. Third, we will use that skill to continuously reevaluate and improve our operations, and our collaboration with clients and vendors, ensuring they support equal opportunity and justice.
Prepare for the Real Work Zoom
We focused on why diversity, and in particular, race, matters. We worked with protocols for how to have these conversations in ways that both challenge and move the work forward. Our focus was on definitions and understanding of the differences between diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Identity Conscious Leading
We examined our learned biases by asking “How does my own personal socialization and learning inform or impact my approach to diversity, equity and inclusion work?” We explored how biases show up in our work and how to begin dismantling problematic biases that we have held.
Leadership and Change Management
This session focused on leadership and agency. What is the role of leadership in addressing diversity, inclusion, and equity? What are the institutional factors that are upheld by our personal and professional biases? Based on work rooted in understanding diversity and inclusion, this session focused on the action, conflict, and risk that accompanies change.
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