The Vault: A Program on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Vault is designed to create a lifelong learning experience. This unique program is intended to effect lasting and meaningful change by intentionally fostering an environment where people can have ongoing conversations, ask difficult questions, and form relationships designed to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within your company. The Vault is dynamic and engaging, bringing together people who have similar roles, in a space where learning and development is paramount. Our goals are to make sure that learning is translated into action by helping attendees move the needle toward equity for all within your company. By the end of this program, you will be able to have brave conversations from a more informed place, make a strong business case for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and understand your own identity and its impact on the workplace and beyond.

This program is intended for a carefully selected and engaged audience. You can expect to learn more about the historical context of oppression, including systemic racism and sexism, current terminology and thinking, and apply that learning to real world scenarios you face in the workplace.

Sessions

Session 1: Introductions and Identity
The goal of this session is to establish group norms, gain trust among participants and begin the process of reflecting on the self.

Session 2: Terminology & Foundations
In order to speak about these complex issues confidently, we need to have a deeper understanding of how to talk about diversity, equity, and inclusion from a place of knowledge and awareness. This session breaks down related terminology and concepts as we start to apply them to real world scenarios.

Session 3: Skill Building Part 1: Power and Privilege
Power and privilege are at the heart of inclusion. In order to gain a deeper understanding of how people who are different from us may be affected by the choices we make, we need to address how power and privilege play into our everyday lives. We will continue to apply these concepts to workplace experiences as a way to deepen our understanding of their meaning.

Session 4: Skill Building Part 2: EQ in the Workplace
The goal of this session is to learn about emotional and conversational intelligence. Additionally, the session will focus on providing skills around having difficult conversations, with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Session 5: Multicultural Organizational Development
We will use the framework of multicultural organizational development (‘MCOD’) to explore where everyone is on the spectrum of inclusion within their own companies. By understanding at what stage an individual organization is, we can further tailor our work to push for change.

Session 6: Action Plan
In our last section, we will focus on action planning. We’ll create a business case together, look at how we can use data to make the case for inclusion, and wrap up with a tangible plan for action and next steps.

Logistics

Length: Six morning sessions, two hours each (including catered breakfast)

Start Date & Location:  The first week of April 2018

Audience Size: 7-12 people

Cost: $2,750

Expectations of SGO:
SGO will provide expert facilitation in a safe space. SGO will encourage thoughtful conversations and help participants problem solve real world issues that show up at work. SGO will provide each participant with a notebook filled with tips, and tools, as well as space to take notes during each session. SGO will also provide an online space of the group’s choosing (either a private Slack channel or a private Facebook group) so that attendees can stay in touch during and after the program. We also offer structured follow ups to gauge effectiveness of the program and continue to support learning and development of participants in the future.

Expectations of Participants:
All participants will need to complete an application and be selected for The Vault. This is to ensure that there is a basic level of understanding regarding diversity and inclusion and to ensure that we’re able to place you in a group of your peers. While we realize emergencies come up, participants are expected to attend all 6 sessions, with the first session being mandatory. If you think you won’t be able to attend the first session and at least 5 of the 6 sessions, you may apply so we can consider you for a future program date that might work better for your schedule.

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