A lack of diversity training in the workplace can have adverse consequences like increasing the risk of discrimination and creating a hostile work environment. However, what happens after the "mandatory training"? Will staff willingly engage in this work? Will they have the necessary tools to grapple with complex topics as it related to race, class, and gender issues? Will the onus fall on those who’ve been traditionally marginalized in the workplace? And, are they skilled at helping colleagues engage in brave conversations that require productive struggle?
This is where most diversity initiatives fall flat. If diversity initiatives are "one and done," employees have little space and time to continue exercising their new skills and tools. Inadvertently, this leads to some falling into old discriminatory and harmful patterns.
After skills are learned, colleagues need time to engage in safe conversations about current events and DEI topics. Lunch and Learn sessions are the perfect format for these types of safe and brave conversations because participants are in a more casual state and understand that the goal of the session is to talk freely. These open dialogues give colleagues a chance to practice their new skills; thus, having a lasting change on company culture. Coupled with effective DEI background, knowledge, and skills, “Lunch and Learn” sessions can assist in fostering an inclusive work environment where all employees feel valued, safe, supported, seen, and HEARD.
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