Grey Bruce: 05.06.21 ABM + Alternative Approaches to Diversity & Inclusion Training through Image Theatre
12:30 PM - 1 PM: ABM
1 PM - 4 PM: Facilitation with Pavla Uppal and Afrouz Mobayen
This workshop is designed for HR professionals (referred to here as participants) who engage daily in multi-dimensional interactions in increasingly and culturally diverse workplace environments. Such multi-layered diversity is a challenge and calls for a unique approach that cultivates a deeper understanding of what constitutes inclusion and how individuals can play an important role in it.
The approach used in this workshop is Image Theatre, which is part of a transformative methodology called Theatre of the Oppressed. It utilises embodied and interactive activities based on participants’ stories and experiences and is the best fit to address the challenges they face in their diverse workplace. Through this process, participants are invited to actively examine possible solutions and alternative strategies to the challenges (through role-play). The collective wisdom of the group and the individual experiences of participants are honoured by the facilitator who asks questions rather than offers ready-made solutions.
This approach is participant-centred, and thus the content of the training is entirely based on the participants’ lived experiences making the workshop particularly relevant to their professional growth. No previous theatre experience is necessary. This process also develops active listening skills, engages emotional intelligence, and accommodates varied learning styles.
In this workshop, participants will:
- be able to identify aspects of an inclusive professional environment and relationships
- be able to analyze situations from multiple perspectives
- learn how to become sensitive to diversity in all its aspects (culture, identity, and ability)
- develop communication skills necessary for an inclusive and diverse environment
- learn to recognize individual responsibilities for implementing best inclusive practices in their work environment.