The mission of the training initiative, is to bridge the diversity awareness competency gap among employees in the workplace in order to increase awareness of the various dimensions of diversity. Trainings are designed to create interaction and sharing through an approach of increased complexity on topics that are most meaningful in the creation of practical workplace effectiveness.
Diversity and inclusion is an inherent part of our culture and educational growth. The energy and talent at all levels of the organization are unleashed, resulting in innovative practices that contribute to a spirit of teamwork, service and progress. With diversity and inclusion as a competitive advantage, NSU is an employer of choice and the benchmark for internal and external stakeholders.
The purpose of trainings offered is not only to increase awareness of workplace diversity, but also to develop and enhance skills among employees to help them create an environment conducive to engagement and productivity. Therefore, the goal is to create a positive work environment by helping employees recognize and be tolerant of differences and needs among co-workers.
The workshops are conceptualized, discussed, planned, and presented through the efforts of the Diversity Training Committee. The workshops are systematically developed from awareness to increasingly complex issues related to diversity and their impact on the workplace. In consideration of subsequent workshops, the Committee consider trends, the synthesized survey reports, and anecdotal information to present meaningful content to the participants.
A number of approaches (such as one or more presenters or a panel of presenters) are used to share information. Time is built into the format to allow for interaction and questions and answers.
Workshop presenters are carefully chosen based on their knowledge, experience, and expertise on the topic being presented. They meet with the Committee to make sure there is an understanding of purpose and intent and to review presentation style.
Finally, the Committee collaborates with the Executive Director of Training at the Fischler School of Education and Human Services to develop publicity information and to coordinate registration and other logistical matters.