Offerings in each pillar are scaffolded to provide a growing understanding and increase in depth.
Three levels have been identified as: Awareness; Knowledge; and Skills.
Awareness level sessions in each pillar offer an introduction into that area of diversity; the challenges faced by this group, the common stereotypes and misconceptions, the terminology and language associated with this group. These sessions are designed as a safe space for staff to explore an area that may be new to them as well as discuss questions.
Awareness level offerings provide an opportunity to:
- Define one’s identity in relation to cultural and social differences
- Examine how personal beliefs and behaviours affect students, colleagues, and interpersonal interactions in a multicultural environment.
Knowledge level sessions offer a more in depth look into each diversity area and provide staff with the opportunity to:
- Address issues and concerns about diversity in the immediate work environment
- Understand the impact of power and privilege on self and society
- Identify systematic barriers to equality and inclusiveness
- Understand the history of each group
- Understand the challenges faced by individuals in each group and how these may be present in the workplace.
Skills based sessions require staff to examine how they work with a diverse cohort of colleagues and students. Skills level sessions provide staff with the opportunity to:
- Demonstrate interpersonal skills to allow effective functioning in diverse groups
- Examine how to convert knowledge and information into usable skills and new behaviours when managing diversity
- lead by example in fostering a culture where discrimination is unacceptable and not tolerated
- incorporate workplace diversity principles into their team and management practices, for example, by consulting with, seeking a range of views from, and encouraging all team members to contribute positively to team outcomes; and
- act promptly and sensitively to address behaviour that is inconsistent with diversity principles, ECU’s Code of Conduct or other policies