Building Bridges: Embracing Diversity and Inclusion

Embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion creates a culture where students feel safe to be their authentic selves.

When they feel comfortable in an educational or social setting, they are more confident, engaged and productive. Race, religion, gender, sexuality, physical stature, age, and educational status can subtly affect the way we interact with one another.

Students learn to unlock their unconscious biases. They develop skills for heighten empathy, which leads to a greater understanding of one another.  Effective communication skills are taught to help students appreciate people from diverse backgrounds.

Elaine brings it home as students learn through interactive exercises that there’s more that unites us than divides us. Some remarked that she provided outcomes that they were not prepared for!

This program is guaranteed to create a conversation and raise awareness to provide a safe and inclusive environment where students can freely express themselves and feel proud of who they are.

Takeaways for your students

  • Create understanding how divergent perspectives develop
  • Recognize and unlock implicit biases
  • Understand how misleading assumptions can be
  • Categories of discrimination – harmful effects on innovation and productivity
  • Recognizing harbored stereotypes
  • Negative effects of microaggressions
  • Communication skills to gain understanding and enthusiasm for differences
  • Self-reflection of own behaviors
  • Develop strategies for bystander intervention
  • Make a plan to raise cultural awareness

Through Elaine’s eye-opening, interactive exercises, student athletes engage in a meaningful dialogue where they comfortably share challenges from discrimination.

• This raises awareness and sensitivity for others
• They develop skills to be inclusive, attentive, and to embrace the needs of others
• Increased collaboration and innovation with team members