Cultural Diversity for Professionals

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Developing Cultural Minds is a participatory training course (delivered on and offline) which has been taught in its various forms for the last 12 years. Using an interactive and exploratory approach, it enables participants to safely investigate some of the major complexities of racial and cultural discrimination in the UK, which helps participants gain an understanding and appreciation the experience of ethnic minorities.

The course has been proven to provide a space for people to discuss and explore sensitive issues related to race and privilege. The use of creativity provides a gentle buffer to allow participants to examine the issues from a safe distance.

The course is tailored with the needs of the company/organisation at the forefront. Therefore, no two courses are the same. However, typical elements usually include:

  • Investigating means to be anti-racist
  • Unpacking conscious and unconscious bias
  • Exploring privilege and its effect on others
  • Defining cultural assumptions, stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination.
  • Investigating values and belief systems.
  • Understanding allyship and how it can be achieved

This course is highly effective in allowing people to feel and experience how racism and discrimination work in a safe, non-judgemental environment.

An excerpt from the Time to Talk about Race online course delivered on 30.7.2020.

Previous clients include:

Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Fire Service, West Midlands Police, NHS England, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Play England, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Cradley Heath Surestart, The Refugee Council, St Pauls’ Trust, Birmingham Libraries, Wolverhampton Holmes, 100s of primary and secondary schools around the UK.

Comments from previous trainees:

“My biggest take always from today are: common mistakes and effective strategies. Also alternative terms to ‘BAME’ (and why that’s not always a good option), e.g. ‘ethnic minorities (in the UK)’.

“What I will do differently from now on is consider my English heritage in a more positive light, be less fearful about discussing diversity.”

“The break down of unconscious bias was really informative.

“I will be much more open minded to difficulties within communities and how the past can have an effect on that.”

“It was a very well run and well explained workshop. Fun, creative and inclusive. Loved it”