Diversity Training Individual Final Project

For your final project, you will apply what you have learned this semester to create a short diversity training program. (Diversity in the workplace, microaggression, discrimination, prejudice, stereotype, race, LGBTQ, age discrimination, disabilities, religions)

Training programs are usually conducted after a needs analysis (the process that involves identifying what skill or concept needs to be trained on) is performed in an organization.

You will first create a hypothetical situation under which the training will be needed. You can feel free to draw from your own experiences as well as examples from the media (e.g., news, television, movies, podcasts, etc.) in order to create the situation.

Next, you will create an actual training that you will write about.

The focus of the training can be as broad or specific as you would like. For example, you can focus on topics like discrimination, teamwork in diverse groups, or diversity awareness broadly, or focus on addressing issues within a specific social identity group (e.g., gender, race, sexual orientation, age, etc.). However, the training you create should only cover a narrow part of the topic, given the time/space limits.
o For instance, If the focus of your training is teamwork in diverse groups, after a very brief introduction to the broader topic, you could make the training about 1-2 specific conflict management strategies or 1-2 communication strategies. If the focus of your training is sexual orientation in the workplace, after a very brief introduction on this topic, you could make the training about how an organization can implement 1-2 inclusive policies, 1-2 ways coworkers can be more inclusive towards people who arent heterosexual, or 1-2 ways managers can address microaggressions towards people who arent heterosexual. (These are just examples to illustrate how narrow in scope your training should be, you could present on other things.)

The targets of your training are employees in the organization your hypothetical scenario is about. If you are writing about your training, the audience would just be the employees in the hypothetical organization.

There are various methods of training (e.g., lecture, modeling, role-playing, simulations, etc.) and training can include many interactive elements (e.g., exercises, pre- and post-tests to show acquisition of knowledge, etc.).

o If you are writing a paper about your training, you can design and write about a method that would take a little longer to implement in class (e.g., role-playing, simulation, exercises) since you dont have to actually do everything within the 5-minute time limit. Given the page limit, I would just include one method to teach all the training content (e.g., 1-2 communication strategies).

Whether you present your training or write a paper about your training, you will need to conduct research to obtain the content of your training. You should plan to use at least 3 scholarly sources (class reading assignments as well as other journal articles and book chapters that you find through your own research). You may utilize other sources in putting together the training (e.g., websites, magazines, etc.), but these sources do not count towards the reference requirement.