Developing Cultural Minds is a range of training programmes (delivered on and offline) which have 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.
The courses have been proven to provide a space for people to discuss and explore sensitive issues related to race and the workplace. The use of true to life scenarios provide a gentle buffer to allow participants to examine the real issues from a safe distance.
The courses are tailored with the needs of the organisation at the fore. Therefore, no two courses are the same. However, typical elements often include:
- Investigating means to be antiracist
- Unpacking 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
The courses are highly effective in allowing people to feel and experience how racism and discrimination work in a safe, non-judgemental environment.
Previous clients include:
Avanti West Coast, The Prince’s Trust, Clean Break, Clinks, Imagine Independence, University of Birmingham, University of Sussex, Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Fire Service, West Midlands Police, NHS England, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Play England, Birmingham Symphony Hall, 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”