Presentation on theme: "We're All Different, So What?"— Presentation transcript:
1 We're All Different, So What? Building inclusive learning environmentsTom Verghese5 May 2006
2 Diversity – Business Case Themes Enabling us to Helps us connect with our compete for the best customer base in a talent in both new world that is global, and mature markets fast - moving, complex and competitive Unleashes talent, energy Diverse teams create and creativity by higher quality and more encouraging people innovative solutions than to “bring all of homogenous ones themselves to work” Gives us stakeholder credibility in an increasingly “show me” worldDiversity
3 Diversity Inclusion Definitions All the ways we differ. Diversity is the mosaic of people who bring a variety of backgrounds, styles, perspectives, values and beliefs as assets to the groups and organisations with which they interact.InclusionRecognising, respecting and accommodating human differences to create and sustain an environment where everyone can achieve his or her full potential.
8 Eight Aspects of Diversity AgeCultureGenderMental/Physical AbilityOrganisational RoleRaceReligionSexual Orientation
9 Ladder of Inference actions beliefs conclusions assumptions meanings “selected” data“observable” dataSenge et al, 1994
10 Inclusion/Exclusion Exercise Reflect on 2 separate occasions where you experienced exclusion and inclusionWhat happened?What was the impact?How did you feel?
11 Five Steps towards an Inclusive Learning Environment Assess the needs of current and potential students and staff.Recruit a workforce that reflects the local community and the international nature of the organisation.Support flexible working practicesProvide ongoing training and developmentSeek feedback. Are you perceived as being inclusive?
12 Getting StartedAwareness HeadUnderstanding HeartSkills Hand
13 The Diversity Adoption Process InnovatorChange agentPragmatistSkepticTraditionalist2.5%13.5%34%34%16%Increased perceived opportunityDecreased perceived opportunityDecreased perceived riskIncreased perceived risk
14 I nitiate dialogue about diversity V alue similarities and differences Strategies for Managing DiversityD evelop awarenessI nitiate dialogue about diversityV alue similarities and differencesE mbrace role modelling behaviourR espect diversity to create synergyS eek first to understandI nstigate diversity practicesT hink the talk. Talk the talk. Walk the talk.Y ou make a difference!