Recent research carried out as part of the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs’ Productive Diversity Partnerships program indicates that while there is growing awareness of an interest in diversity, there remains a low level of practical action to capitalise on the opportunities afforded by Australia’s new and emerging communities.
A common response to presentations on the benefits of diversity is “Yes, I understand, but what do we actually do?” This program is designed to help bridge the gap between understanding and action, between rhetoric and reality.
There are four prerequisites to effectively working with diversity in new and emerging communities
Openness in both talking and listening.
Authenticity and self acceptance.
Being a serious student of diversity.
Key Learning Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course participants will be able to:
Identify the skills and tools to become culturally competent.
Identify the mechanism of assumptions and prejudice and self examine assumptions.
Analyse the impact of cultural competence.
Explore stereotypes that have built perceptions about new and emerging cultures
Summarise how assumptions and stereotypes affect them in their working relationships.
Identify the challenges facing multi-cultural workplaces.
Establish ground rules of openness, honesty, trust, and confidentiality
Communicate and influence better outcomes
Resist the urge to expect people to instantly mould to your expectations