Based on high demand, YW Boston now offers one-time workshops to organizations interested in advancing their diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
As racial equity increasingly surges to the national spotlight, organizations are looking for ways to engage employees in meaningful conversations. YW Boston offers one-time Dialogues Workshops to organizations looking to prepare for our Dialogues program, as a way to support action plans developed through the program, and to organizations wanting to engage in this work but who are not yet ready to commit to a full program.
How Do They Work?
Dialogues Workshops move beyond awareness and towards action by building knowledge that can shift attitudes and behaviors. Our expert facilitators guide participants through a multi-step process of personal reflection, knowledge development, and communication and culture building. Our facilitators are highly trained in workshop content, adult education, and facilitation. YW Boston is frequently honored for the impact of its racial equity work, most recently by Color Magazine and the Northeast Human Resources Association.
Understanding Racial Equity
Through this workshop, groups will gain a better foundational understanding of race and how they can use these learnings to move towards racial equity. YW Boston facilitators will introduce key terminology and concepts, including frameworks in which race operates. Participants will be able to reflect on identities individually, in affinity groups, and as a large group in a safe and structured environment.
In this workshop, participants will learn about implicit or unconscious bias and how it can play out in the workplace. Participants will become familiar with our unique 5 R’s approach (Recognize, Reassociate, Refute, Repair, and Repeat) to disrupting implicit bias and practice applying this framework to relevant case studies.
Implicit Bias for Managers and Recruiters
Managers, recruiters, and other supervisors will explore how implicit bias is embedded in the decision-making process. This variation of our Implicit Bias workshop explores the impact of implicit bias on hiring, evaluation, and managerial practices. Participants will identify actionable strategies for building inclusivity and advancing equity within their organizations.
Microaggressions: What They Are, How to Avoid Them
Building on learnings from our Implicit Bias workshop, our Microaggressions workshop will introduce participants to the general concept of microaggressions and how they affect individuals across different identities. Participants will explore the importance of addressing microaggressions and identify effective strategies for doing so. Facilitators will focus on problem-solving and help participants develop new strategies, both for allies and for those experiencing microaggressions.
Intersectionality, a term coined by scholar and activist Kimberlé Crenshaw, describes the study of overlapping or intersecting identities and how different types of power structures interact. In this workshop, participants will be provided with a safe space to reflect on intersecting identities such as race, gender, class, sexual orientation, ability, and many others. By applying an intersectional framework, participants will be better equipped at identifying overarching power structures and advancing equity in a variety of practices.
Organizational Change to Achieve Equity
In this workshop, facilitators will guide participants in identifying cultural and organizational change necessary to achieving equity in the workplace. Participants will become familiar with key domains and best practices for organizational change. Then, they will identify and begin exploring opportunities to bring learnings back to their organizations.
Who should participate in Dialogues Workshops?
Workshops can be tailored to groups ranging from 20 to 200 participants. Depending on the size and composition of the organization, we might recommend breaking up into smaller groups. Workshops can be run in succession so your entire staff can participate.
What is the duration of a workshop?
The ideal length for a workshop is 3 hours. Duration can be tailored to a minimum of 1 hour. Workshops are provided as on-site in-person sessions.
What is the cost of a workshop?
Workshops are priced on a sliding scale based on group size, workshop length, and type of organization.
Request a Workshop
Please fill out the form below, and YW Boston’s Senior Manager of Special Projects Julia MacMahon will connect with you. For questions, you can contact Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 585-5462.
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