Workplace Diversity: Beyond Polarized Lenses

Date: Oct 27, 2017
Time: 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Conference Room
2314 University Ave. W., Suite 20, St. Paul

Fee: $50 for MCN members / $75 for nonmembers Register Now!

Polarization is, at its root, identifying with extreme positions. If this is true, then any polarized discussion is doomed before it begins. Or is it?

This workshop uses a process that puts the focus back on the situation and away from the parties’ positions. This process allows the myriad of differences to be heard. You will learn to use this process to mitigate conflict. You’ll enable your organization to inspire the most innovative ideas to maximize your mission.

In this session, participants will:

  • Discuss the trends and current state of diversity in many forms.
  • Explore the context of our current paradigm.
  • Deconstruct the paradigm of polarization to create an inclusive worldview.
  • Explore a process that will draw people from their poles.
  • Practice this process to de-escalate polarized positions, participate in returning to neutral ground, and problem-solve collaboratively.

Don’t expect to sit and listen. We’ll practice, play and use our smartphones! (Yes, really.)

Principles & Practices

In addition to the information listed above, this event will address the following practices:

  • HR 18: Nonprofits should strive toward creating a workplace that welcomes and supports employees who reflect the diversity of their community.
  • LEAD 12: Nonprofit leaders should create and sustain an organizational culture that best advances the nonprofit’s mission and goals.
  • LEAD 17: Nonprofit leaders should encourage their organization’s staff and board to seek out, recognize and leverage the shared and different values of diverse cultures.

About the Series

The Workplace Diversity Series is offered quarterly by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits in conjunction with Andre Koen of AM Horizons Training Group. Join these workshops to come together with a small group of nonprofit leaders to explore issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Register for one session at the regular rate and attend subsequent sessions in this series for $20 off. (You’ll receive a promo code in the confirmation email after completing registration for one session.)

Event Details

Calendar: Add this event to your calendar on Outlook or Google.

Food: Coffee and tea will be provided.

Refreshments: Driving directions and transit options are available on MCN's website.

About the Presenter

Andre KoenAndre Koen of AM Horizons Training Group is an energetic presenter, a powerful communicator and a dynamic teacher. He provides face-to-face and online courses on diversity education including leadership development, empowerment training, cross-cultural competence, sensitivity training, anti-racism training and team building. Andre helps government and educational organizations manage and train staff, employees, and clients on diversity issues without blame, fault or guilt. His organization understands that people are doing the best they can with what they have, yet encourages them to examine themselves, explore other cultures and become allies for others. He motivates individuals to create something collaboratively. His courses teach individuals to dissect, analyze and make meaning of the issues that challenge us in a fair, balanced way that people can hear and understand.

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