Week 1 – December 1st, 2020 Theme: Tackling Unconscious Bias

As most of us know, biases are deeply embedded. However, we are often unaware of them. What can we do about something we are unaware of? How do we coach our staff teams and the families and professionals we work with in shifting their thinking and behavior?  Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt & Trevor Noah explore both the “what it is” & the “what to do about it” in this funny Daily Show clip. Head’s up -It’s 13 minutes long, but it’s worth the watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSdl52DQzCM

Week 2 – December 8th, 2020 Theme: Tips for Effective Diversity Training

Diversity training is one of the first, best steps in helping shift attitudes and beliefs. Research shows certain types of ongoing, activity-based, diversity training is most effective. This article explores which types of training to implement and why: https://sprigghr.com/blog/hr-professionals/10-tips-for-effective-diversity-training/

Week 3 – December 15th, 2020 Theme: ‘A-ha’ Activities for Bias Awareness

Diversity training has been shown to only change attitudes and beliefs when it is reinforced with activities over time. Here’s a list of some things you can blend into your center’s professional development and team-building events throughout the year: https://cultureplusconsulting.com/2018/08/16/a-ha-activities-for-unconscious-bias-training/

Week 4 – December 22nd, 2020 Theme: Workplace Diversity & Inclusion

Setting standards for an inclusive work environment starts with embedding changes in leadership and management practices. One way to model competence to your staff is by incorporating the use of a diversity calendar like this one into your center’s annual planning: https://www.diversityresources.com/2020-diversity-calendar/