Minnesota DEI Peer Learning Community
We are kicking off this 5-session series as a community of Minnesota charter school leaders and board members. Each session is 90 minutes and limited to 30 participants. Our group will be led by oneTILT, experts in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Session 1: DEI Foundations What do we even mean by diversity, equity, and inclusion? Why focus on race? How do we begin to talk about all of this? Language is a powerful thing, and we can experience conflict in necessary conversations around racial diversity, equity, and inclusion when we use the same words but mean different things. This workshop provides your team with the space to get on the same page with terms like identity, race, racism, privilege, oppression, prejudice, and intersectionality.
Session 2: Identities = Complex DEI is first and foremost personal and relational work. Focusing on our own identities, we’ll consider how multiple identities shape power dynamics at work.
Specifically, we will examine how multiple identities complicate and inform the work we do. We’ll go through an interactive exercise that invites participants to reflect on how their multiple identities (e.g., race, gender, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, language, etc.) are nuanced – and how they can carry complex notions of privilege and pain. We’ll then layer on various questions that spark reflection and dialogue on how our identities interact with stakeholders, colleagues, and other community members.
Session 3: Difference = Discovery We will learn the 7 Cultural Dimensions as a tool to better understand ourselves and the people we manage, and how to navigate differences in our work. This tool helps develop cross-cultural competence and strengthen our relationships across lines of difference.
Session 4 & 5: Equity = Everything: Let’s Talk White Supremacy (Part 1 and Part 2) As we think about redesigning our organizations to be more inclusive, we must do so by interrogating the ways white supremacist culture shows up in our work. You will develop a common language around white supremacist culture and then – within a brave space – consider ways to decenter and/or dismantle these cultural views and habits in your own practice and workplace.
Cost: $440.00 per person