Talking about diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace is challenging as the backdrop to these conversations involves different histories, beliefs, values and perspectives.  To create environments where individuals can achieve a sense of belonging, these conversations are critical.

Great conversations are built on trust, openness, courage and interest. If conducted effectively, these conversations broaden perspectives, engage team members, strengthen relationships and, ultimately, support achieving organizational objectives and goals.  Leaders have the greatest opportunity to facilitate these powerful and engaging conversations about core DEI topics with their teams.  The resulting dialogue expands perspectives, builds understanding and creates a path to real behavior change.

DEI conversations are often intimidating for managers due to the emotional attachment, the fear of saying the wrong thing or the lack of understanding with DEI topics.  Managers need support to build their confidence to engage in these essential conversations that lead to meaningful change.

The Diversity Xpress Series is a fast-paced and interactive tool to support leader-led conversations. It provides instructions for opening conversations – creating an inclusive space for discussion and offering ideas for workplace application.  These 10-15 minute conversations provide teams with various topics of particular interest based on the group, the environment, current issues or the level of familiarity with DEI within the team.  Diversity Xpress also includes a ‘Tough Questions’ section to support leaders in responding to issues often raised by teams during these types of conversations.

The series includes tips for preparing and conducting 19 DEI related conversations including:

  • What Is Diversity and Inclusion
  • Inclusion
  • The Impact of Stereotypes
  • Diversity and Inclusion as a Business Strategy
  • Getting Comfortable with Change
  • Gaining New Skills for Success
  • What Are We Missing?
  • Using the Pause Button
  • How Do I Respond When…?
  • The Impact of Words
  • Guidelines for High-Performing Teams
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Micro-Messages
  • Gender
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Working Across Generations
  • Communications
  • Affirmative Action/EEO
  • What Do We See – Or Not See?

Conversation can build bridges and open doors.

Conversation is a fundamental ele­ment of inclusive spaces.

A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.
Sundar Pichai

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