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Concurrent Session
Diversity Without Division: A Unifying Approach to Inclusion
Silver Pearl 3
In-Person and Virtual Tuesday 10/25/2022 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM   Add to calendar
Competencies: Business (Behavioral), Interpersonal (Behavioral), Leadership (Behavioral), People (Technical), Workplace (Technical)
Workplace Application:
This session discusses a framework for all managers—HR and people managers—to use to constructively and respectfully manage potentially divisive and derisive workplace conversations – and allows you to practice using the framework to solve a real-world problem!  

Session seating is first come, first served. Thank you for your cooperation.

Come to this session for rapid fire learning and a chance to practice a new framework for managing problematic discussion at work! Ever had to manage a situation where employees were discussing taboo topics like politics, religion, social injustice, aging, sexual orientation – and suddenly it goes very bad very quickly?  This session quickly teaches you the framework to use with the four touchpoints you’ll need to manage words, interactions and behaviors differently so respectful and acceptable engagement is the outcome. Practice by role-playing a real situation that occurred in a workplace somewhere in the world.  Dr. Alex Alonso and Irshad Manji will discuss the value of discussing diversity without division and how managers can encourage taboo discussions for cultural good.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to use the Me + We + Wo +RK framework and Diversity Without Division to navigate through tricky and complex discussion toward positive resolution for all.
  • Consider how empathy and culture are affected by opinions and what to do about it.
  • Practice solving a case study in which polarizing, entrenched or weaponized viewpoints occurred—using the framework.
Alexander Alonso, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP Photo
Alexander Alonso, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP, Chief Knowledge Officer,
Irshad Manji Photo
Irshad Manji, Founder,
Moral Courage LLC