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Let's talk about Race in the Workplace

Course Overview

The ‘Let’s Talk About Race in the Workplace’ race equality training course is aimed at organisations within the UK and is designed to awaken learners to up to date thinking on race in society and the workplace.

Approach

Workplaces can be hugely important in tackling the issues of structural and individual racism. By their nature, workplaces tend to be more diverse than the social circles held by individuals. Therefore by ensuring inclusive hiring and management processes, employees will collaborate with a broader range of people that will challenge potentially previously held notions of stereotypes and other biases. Learners will not only hear the first hand experiences of Black people in the workplace but will also be given strategies and tips for confronting their own biases and mitigating them.

The course has been designed to persuade learners that racism is not just about explicit racist language, abuse or discrimination, it can take the form of inequality and inadvertent bias ingrained in the way organisations and society is run. The course takes a look at the experiences of black people in the workplace and the impact of white privilege and micro-inequities. It further persuades learners that they need to consciously and proactively address racial bias in their organisation.

Objectives

The purpose of the course is to persuade the learner that racism isn’t just explicit racist language, abuse or discrimination and that racism also takes the form of inequalities and inadvertent biases that are embedded in organisations and in society. Learners will come away from the course with an increased sense of the need to consciously and pro-actively address racial bias within their organisation. Through the course learners will:

  • Understand what unconscious racial bias is.
  • Describe what is meant by white privilege.
  • List the differences between ‘in groups’ and ‘out groups’.
  • Recognise racial microaggressions.
  • Describe how an organisation can either reverse or perpetuate racial bias depending on its actions / inactions

Audience

The primary audience for this race awareness training course is first-line managers through to board level leaders or could be used by anyone in the organisation.

Course Contents

This course is split into 5 parts:

Part 1: Systemic Racial Biases vs Explicit Racist Behaviour

An exploration of these behaviours and how they may manifest in organisations

Part 2: Unconscious racial bias

A brief introduction to this topic and how it can impact on racial inequality in the workplace.

Part 3: White Privilege

Focuses on the aspects of white privilege that relates to the workplace.

Part 4: Racial microaggressions

Typical examples of racial microaggression found in the workplace

Part 5: Tokenism

Superficial responses by employers to avoid real action and mask inactivity.