Addressing Fear and Resistance to D&I
At the forefront of CIDI’s mission is our commitment to helping Canadian D&I, Human Rights and Equity, and Human Resources practitioners address their most pressing issues. At our premiere Community of Practice Event last year, you told us that leadership buy-in, commitment, and resources were your most pressing issues, so we responded by engaging you in developing the business case toolkit and the strategy toolkit.
Another major challenge you identified is addressing fear and resistance to D&I efforts. Discussions around fear included: fear of saying the wrong thing, fear of self-disclosure, the need to create safe spaces due to fear of discrimination, and fear of dealing with resistance. Discussions around resistance included: hiring managers and middle managers, concerns around “reverse discrimination” and loss of privilege, and a lack of understanding amongst all employees regarding the imperative for inclusion.
For our upcoming Community of Practice Events in April, we’ll provide some thought-provoking pre-reading to get your change-management juices flowing, and ask participants to come ready to tackle some of our toughest challenges as part of our diversity journey: fear and resistance.
We hope you will join us in Ottawa in April!
Date: Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Time: 8:00 am to 10:30 am (see agenda below)
Location: RBC – Carlingwood Mall 2121 Carling Ave Ottawa ON K2A 1H2
The agenda for the session is as follows:
8:00 – Doors Open
8:00 to 8:30 – Networking and Breakfast
8:30 to 8:40 – Welcome and Update from the CIDI
8:40 to 8:50 – Setting the Stage
8:50 to 9:50 – Breakout Working Groups
9:50 to 10:20 – Report Out
10:20 to 10:30 – Wrap Up
10:30 – Session Ends
This CIDI Event will also be offered in Edmonton, AB on April 15th.
*Registration Required. **Registration Fee Required for Non CIDI Members. ***Limited Capacity.
Registration for This CIDI Event is Now Closed.
Feel free to contact us at anytime should you have any questions.