Why STEM Equity and Inclusion?
Too often companies, especially STEM-focused ones, seek to hire diverse individuals without quite knowing how to do so successfully, or perhaps without first creating a culture where the individuals will feel supported and included within their workplace. Diversity Learning Solutions moves beyond the messages of “hiring diversity” and gives participants the allyship tools necessary to recruit, retain, and support underserved STEM candidates on a day-to-day basis. Our trainings include an Honest Conversation about Race and Ethnicity, Exploring Gender Beyond the Binary, LGBTQIA+ in STEM, Mental Health in Academia, Barriers to STEM Entry, and more. While our varied trainings apply across every discipline, we are passionate about improved representation in STEM fields and we are uniquely equipped to provide resources that amplify STEM Equity and Inclusion.
Whom do your trainings target?
Everyone is welcome! Our trainings are great for individuals or groups and new or experienced employees. Whether you prefer virtual or in-person education, we have you covered! However, because our mission is inclusive workforces, we especially encourage participants who employ, recruit, mentor, and/or manage underserved individuals in STEM, or wish to do in the future.
How can I be a STEM Ally?
Allyship is an action verb, rather than a state of being. Becoming a successful ally requires understanding and addressing personal biases, a commitment to hearing the experiences of others and addressing sources of exclusion, and the ability to empower underserved individuals while also stepping aside to elevate their visibility and their voices. Your allyship is always evolving and we want to partner with you on this journey.
What can I expect from your trainings?
Participants gain the following from our in depth trainings, as we separate from corporate atmospheres and get real about improving inclusion for underserved individuals in STEM:
- Improved awareness of the perspectives of underserved individuals with intersectional identities,
- Skills to address personal and professional biases,
- Expertly become a catalyst for inclusion in the workplace and in recruitment,
- Frank conversations examining systemic inequalities,
- Tools for communicating with ease around identity-based topics that arise in the workplace, and
- Recognition as Equity and Inclusion participant.