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5 Companies Offering Diversity and Inclusion Training

Research shows that diversity is essential to any business’s long-term success. Many companies don’t prioritize diversity or know how to reap the benefits. To help bridge the gaps, diversity and inclusion training was created to increase sensitivity and understanding. It’s important to know that D&I has a mixed reputation. Studies show that in some cases, this training actually decreases diversity. Why? It’s often because companies and employees view the training as an obligation rather than an opportunity. To be effective, the training must emphasize why diversity is so beneficial. Facilitators must also be very qualified and experienced. It takes more than just one course to truly transform an organization’s culture. D&I training continues to evolve as people search for better methods and practices. Here are five companies that offer diversity and inclusion training:

Affirmity

Once part of PeopleFluent, Affirmity supports diversity and inclusion programs through consulting, training, expert analysis, and software. Using data-driven insights and diversity metrics, they help departments like human resources with their goal setting. Measuring progress is essential, so Affirmity also offers tools and dashboards. Affirmity serves over 1,000 clients from international corporations to small businesses.

Their D&I Training includes self-paced eLearning courses. Examples of courses include “Microaggressions in the Workplace,” “Racism and Understanding the Black Experience,” and “Managing Unconscious Bias.” These topics are also covered in live, web-based virtual and classroom courses. Courses are customized for each client’s values and culture. Affirmity also offers consulting services that help clients with pay equity. With their models, Affirmity can analyze pay by department, demographic, or across an entire organization.

Artesian Collaborative, LLC

An organization that specializes in psychotherapy and corporate training, the Artesian Collaborative offers services that support healthy workplaces. Their goal is to help businesses manage tense, stressful situations and learn to thrive. In its diversity training, the organization covers topics that increase cultural awareness. These include topics like identity, microaggressions, and privilege. They focus on creating safe environments where individuals learn to appreciate their own backgrounds and the backgrounds of their peers.

The training uses tools like discussion and experiential activities based on developmental psychology and cross competency research. Artesian Collaborative offers 1-2 day intensives with training specialists, as well as consultations before and after workshops. Facilitators are trained in managing cross-cultural issues and group dynamics, so communication is as smooth as it can be. The organization offers separate training programs on Stress, Burnout, and Imposter Syndrome, as well as Disrupting Stress and Fear.

Korn Ferry

This organization has been around for a long time. They have over 40 years of experience in D&I design. They’re the largest global consulting practice that specializes in diversity and inclusion. Korn Ferry teaches that companies need a systemic approach to diversity and inclusion. Structural inclusion – a transformation of the system itself – and behavioral inclusion – more personal transformations within leaders and employees – are both needed.

In their work with organizations, Korn Ferry creates and implements D&I strategies based on data and analytics. They want leaders to be able to identify their strengths, find growth opportunities, promote inclusive leadership, and bring in more under-represented talent.

International Multicultural Institute

Founded in 1983, iMCI is one of the first organizations to offer services in the diversity and inclusion field. As a private, non-profit organization, their funding comes from service fees, foundation grants, contracts, and donations. In the past years, their conferences have welcomed over 50,000 participants coming from everywhere in the United States and around the world. They work with government agencies, nonprofits, educational institutions, and corporations.

Through iMCI’s training, organizations are better equipped to manage multicultural teams, attract and keep a diverse workforce, encourage employee productivity, and build cultures that thrive with diversity. Every program is tailored to an organization’s needs. The curriculum includes coaching and mentoring, leadership development, culturally-competent customer service, and more. Ongoing technical assistance is provided.

Prism

Founded in 1992, Prism supports hundreds of organizations in 24 countries. With D&I professionals, Prism helps create customized and sustainable strategies for companies. Every D&I solution is tailored to the client. In addition to diversity, Prism offers services focusing on cultural competency and harassment and discrimination. They’ve served clients in a variety of fields, including healthcare, finance, education, insurance, and the nonprofit sphere.

In their consulting, Prism uses what’s called the “PRISM Process.” There are six parts: Assessment, Organizational Vision, Strategic Planning, Implementation, Measurement, and Continuous Improvements. Each step has a specific purpose that helps a company transform itself from the top down. Prism understands the importance of the right Diversity Manager, so they assist companies in recruiting and choosing the best candidate. Prism’s diversity training programs include “Building Inclusive Teams,” “Choosing Respect,” and “Unconscious Bias Training.” On their website, you can find many testimonials from participants and clients.

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Emmaline Soken-Huberty

Emmaline Soken-Huberty is a freelance writer based in Portland, Oregon. She started to become interested in human rights while attending college, eventually getting a concentration in human rights and humanitarianism. LGBTQ+ rights, women’s rights, and climate change are of special concern to her. In her spare time, she can be found reading or enjoying Oregon’s natural beauty with her husband and dog.