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1 We're All Different, So What? Building inclusive learning environments Tom Verghese 5 May 2006

2 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” world Diversity Diversity – Business Case Themes

3 Diversity 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. Recognising, respecting and accommodating human differences to create and sustain an environment where everyone can achieve his or her full potential. Inclusion Definitions

4 Primary Dimensions Age Gender Race Ethnicity Physical qualities Sexual orientation Secondary Dimensions Work background Income Parental status Education Religious beliefs Marital status Geographical location Political beliefs Diversity

5 Four Layers of Diversity Source: Gardenswartz & Rowe (Irwin, 1995) Personality Age Location Level Ability Education RaceGender Culture Sexual Orientation Work Experience Appearance Parental Status Marital Status Income Habits Interest Religion Work Location Union Affiliation ManagementStatus Role Division/ Group Seniority Family Structure

6 The Iceberg of Culture

7 The Iceberg

8 Eight Aspects of Diversity Age Culture Gender Mental/Physical Ability Organisational Role Race Religion Sexual Orientation

9 Ladder of Inference Senge et al, 1994

10 Inclusion/Exclusion Exercise Reflect on 2 separate occasions where you experienced exclusion and inclusion –What happened? –What was the impact? –How did you feel?

11 Five Steps towards an Inclusive Learning Environment 1.Assess the needs of current and potential students and staff. 2.Recruit a workforce that reflects the local community and the international nature of the organisation. 3.Support flexible working practices 4.Provide ongoing training and development 5.Seek feedback. Are you perceived as being inclusive?

12 AwarenessHead UnderstandingHeart SkillsHand Getting Started

13 Increased perceived opportunity Decreased perceived risk Decreased perceived opportunity Increased perceived risk The Diversity Adoption Process TraditionalistSkepticPragmatistInnovatorChange agent 2.5%13.5%34% 16%

14 D evelop awareness I nitiate dialogue about diversity V alue similarities and differences E mbrace role modelling behaviour R espect diversity to create synergy S eek first to understand I nstigate diversity practices T hink the talk. Talk the talk. Walk the talk. Y ou make a difference! Strategies for Managing Diversity


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