We live and work in a culturally diverse world. Learn more about these diversities and ways in which we may respond to them. We examine bias, both overt and covert, and common assumptions. Understand how actions and communications may be perceived by others and how generalizations undermine our effectiveness.
COS pries open both the mind and the heart to empowers participants to explore, confront and recalibrate personal cultural or gender biases. We get your community to embrace diversity beyond mere “surface” respect, and instead understand multiculturalism in the context of a global economy.
Goals and Learning Outcomes:
Understand the sources and manifestations of cultural, racial, gender and other biases.
Learn what constitutes bias vs. personal opinion.
Learn how to communicate criticism effectively to guard against real or perceived discrimination.
Learn ways to create inclusion and respect for differences in your community best create a comfortable environment for everyone.
Gain communication skills for more effective interactions with peers and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
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