Equality and Inclusion

Our Equality and Inclusion programmes engage people in critical thinking to understand and challenge the root causes of inequalities and to grow powerful new leadership for transformative change.

Our programmes provide participants with a powerful learning opportunity that:

  • Facilitates participants’ critical thinking & learning;

  • Builds a community that is deeply cognisant of inequalities and commonalities among

    their lived experiences; and

  • Develops the tools to re-imagine power relations, build up collective power and grow

    leadership for transformation

  • Designs inclusion into all dimensions of our internal cultures, as well as for the

    strategies, policies and practices you develop.

    When most people use the term Diversity and Inclusion there is a general assumption that everyone means the same thing. To our organisation, it is shorthand for:

Communities where there is equity, equality and belonging for all people. Communities where people can show up as their full selves.

Building such communities therefore means doing away with all the behaviours and attitudes that prevent that from occurring. However, such behaviours and attitudes are extremely deep-rooted - cultivated through narratives and norms that are long-held and reinforced throughout our lives by a multitude of actors, institutions and influences.

We therefore believe advancing a meaningful Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) agenda, creating these communities of belonging and equality, requires deep thought and constant practice. It requires unlearning and reimagining.

The programmes have been designed by Hanna Naima McCloskey from Fearless Futures.

Programmes:

Two hour introductory workshop

Participants per cohort:12
Expert facilitators per cohort: 1
Structure: 2 hours
Venue: We require a space for each cohort in which participants can move around easily, with chairs for each participant and the facilitator and no other furniture.

This experiential workshop is an opportunity to raise the baseline awareness and understanding of diversity and inclusion issues and concepts.

Our participant-led approach will take attendees through learning exercises encouraging them to question their own assumptions, experiences and privilege in the world and their organisational context. Participants will leave having been robustly challenged and introduced to new ways of thinking about inequality and exclusion.

Curriculum

  • How do people experience inequality and exclusion, along the lines of gender, race, class, faith and other aspects of their identities?

  • How does our organisational culture interact with people’s identities, power and privilege?

Investment: £2,700 (+Vat) per cohort

Excluding any potential venue or catering costs

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Half-day cognisance raising workshop


Participants per cohort: 12
Expert facilitators per cohort: 1
Structure: 4 hours
Venue: We require a space in which participants can move around easily, with chairs for each participant and the facilitator and no other furniture.

This training will take participants through experiential education to raise cognisance and understanding of inequities and exclusion within participants’ organisations.

It goes beyond the introductory workshop by creating space for more nuance. In it participants will unpack the norms, assumptions and frameworks in which we work every day, and their impact on certain colleagues based on their lived realities. It will also pivot towards practical next steps and action participants can take to centre belonging in their teams.

Curriculum

● How do people experience marginalisation, with respect to gender, race, class, disability, faith, sexuality and other aspects of their identities?

● How does our organisational culture interact with people’s identities, power and privilege?

● What are the root causes and drivers of marginalisation and exclusion?

Investment £3,700 (+vat) per cohort

Excluding any potential venue or catering costs

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One Day Programme


Structure: 1 day
Numbers: 12
Expert facilitators per cohort: 2
Venue: We require a large space with chairs for all participants and the facilitators at a venue that is accessible for everyone.

This thought-provoking participatory day long programme will build cognisance, understanding and capacity. Leaders will feel more confident to support wider organisational D&I efforts, and grow the inclusiveness of their organisation - and to do so in productive and meaningful ways. This programme builds on the half day by deepening nuanced understanding to better inform methods of application in participants’ working and leadership practices.

Curriculum

  • How does inequality manifest in our daily lives across gender, race, class, faith, ability and sexuality?

  • How does our institutional culture interact with people’s identities, power and privilege?

  • How do people in our organisation experience inequality and exclusion, at all levels?

  • What are the root causes and drivers of this inequality and exclusion?

  • What is our personal role in marginalisation and inequality?

  • How do we practise including those who are marginalised and amplifying others’ voices?

  • How do we lead in new ways to challenge inequality and exclusion in our organisations?

Investment: £7,500 (+VAT) per cohort

Excluding any potential venue or catering costs

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Impact

Quantitative

These data are the shifts demonstrated by surveys completed pre- and post-programme.

+54%

I feel confident articulating the need to challenge inequalities.

+68%

I have the knowledge to support colleagues to think differently about inequalities.

+58%

I know how to be an ally.

+48%

I know how to unlearn inequality.

+88%

I know how to apply an equalities analysis to re-design policies, services and products.