Diversity takes a wide variety of visible and invisible forms – many more than those protected by law (race, religion and belief, disability etc). A team composed of people from many backgrounds and identities, with varied personalities, skills and perspectives, has many advantages. But such differences can also be a source of tension, misunderstanding and even hostility.
In this interactive workshop, we consider three models that help guide our thinking, as we seek to tackle discrimination, communicate across difference and understand the relationship between our identities, our experiences and our worldview. They provide touchstones to aid empathy, give valuable insight on our interactions and, taken together, can greatly improve equality & inclusion.
Through discussion of different case studies, we consider: why some people ignore or deny the discrimination that others experience; how to respond to misunderstandings or offence; and the impact of our inner narratives on our interactions.
Which aspects of diversity are protected by law and why?
Identifying unintentional discrimination and why it is often hidden from us
Separating intention from impact in communication
A communication technique for overcoming division and misunderstanding
Not Only Religion & Belief
Although religion and belief are our focus at Interfaith Scotland, during this course our discussions will cover many aspects of diversity, including race, sexuality, gender etc. Our trainer has broad experience to bring to the course.