Human Services Network of Colorado

Understanding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • 11/06/2020
  • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Zoom Webinar
  • 54

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This training will review the concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion and encourage learners to explore and reflect upon how personal values, biases and assumptions can impact us at an individual, interpersonal and systemic level. This workshop will provide strategies that will aid in being more effective in working with clients as well as colleagues, which in turn will help to foster a more productive and engaging work environment. Through a series of exercises, discussions and self-reflective activities, participants will examine their personal cultural competence and explore and reflect upon how personal values, biases and assumptions can impact the quality of daily interactions with the goal of increasing the ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with all people.

Attendees will:

    • Understand the relationship between culture and bias;
    • Gain a deeper understanding of the following terms: prejudice, discrimination, microaggressions and racism;
    • Reflect on individual cultural backgrounds, power, and privilege. Understand the concept of unconscious bias and the cognitive processes which enable it.
    • Engage in a discussion around potential biases that occur in the human services field as well as strategies to mitigate those biases.

Presenter: Nadia Ali

Nadia has nearly 20 years of experience working in a variety of settings with people from various educational, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. Her depth of experience spans program management, coalition building, leadership and workforce development, community outreach, health care reform and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) training and consulting. She is passionate about health and racial equity and her work has primarily centered around increasing access to care in low-income and immigrant populations, creating leadership opportunities for underrepresented minorities, and increasing awareness and dialogue around health and racial equity.

Over the past 10 years, Nadia has become deeply involved with DEI efforts in a variety of capacities. During her tenure as a Director at the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, a nationally-recognized healthcare non-profit, she worked on fostering a more inclusive culture by shifting the organization to a skills-based hiring model, implemented new interviewing practices and pathways for leadership, and created opportunities for professional development that focused on improving team communications and culture.

Nadia has developed and facilitated DEI workshops for small businesses and recently provided leadership coaching over a six-month period to a small cohort of non-profit executives and board chairs around inclusive leadership practices. Most recently, she launched her consulting firm, Idea Labs. Idea Labs is a mission-driven consulting firm advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace through training, coaching and organizational strategy.

Nadia's academic background includes studies in health policy and management, public health, and Spanish. Nadia is a graduate of New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Rutgers University. Nadia's approach to DEI includes using a trauma-informed lens, therapeutic communication techniques and adult learning principles. She is uniquely positioned to design and deliver these services drawing from her lived experience and professional background by blending a deep understanding of racial equity, various leadership frameworks and workplace dynamics.

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