The Diversity Series
(Trainer's GOLD Selection)
The world looks different from how it has in the past. These changes demand new ways of
interaction and communication. We stand at a Threshold of Change, at a new doorway
filled with all shapes, sizes and colors of people, each possessing varying abilities, and
most filled with ideas, hopes and disparate perspectives.
With this variety comes an excitement and energy few of us have anticipated. At the
same time, diversity offers us many new challenges. The Diversity Series focuses on
the legal, ethical and practical issues companies and workers face in this dynamic new
environment, demonstrating how we can use our diversity to enhance our organization's
competence and performance. It is a valuable training tool for managers and all employees.
The Diversity Series is a 4 part training series designed for managers
and employees. We focus on the legal, ethical and practical definitions of diversity and
address some of the complex issues organizations and employees face. We explore issues of
communication styles, workplace values, conflict, stereotypes, fear and building
productive workplace relationships with those who are different from us in a variety of
- Program 1, On the Threshold of Change (17 minutes), is the overview module. We explore the
definition of diversity and how it can impact our work lives. We examine the
changing workforce and the issues these changes raise as a process - not a problem.
Conflict is viewed as an element in this process and we consider the communication skills
we need to productively navigate these changes.
- Program 2, Gender and Sexual Orientation Workplace Issues (20 minutes)
, begins by dispelling
many of the popular stereotypes about men and women, gays and lesbians. We discuss what is
acceptable workplace behavior and the fears and concerns that challenge mutual respect and
lead to conflict.
- Program 3, Race, Ethnicity, Language and Religion Workplace Issues (20 minutes), takes on the
stereotypes that have divided people for centuries. A distinguished collection of
managers, line workers and consultants share their experiences and insights.
- Program 4, Age and Physical Ability Workplace Issues (18 minutes) begins by dispelling some of
the mythology that surrounds people who are young, old or differently abled. We evaluate
our fears and look at how we can integrate all qualified employees regardless of age or
Each program in The Diversity Series includes dramatizations designed to
help focus and stimulate discussion. There are 6 of these scenarios in the series.
The Diversity Series comes with a comprehensive Facilitator's Guide.
Handout pages are incorporated into the guide. With the purchase of this series, QMR
grants you license to make as many copies of the Facilitator's Guide or the handout /
transparency pages as you need for your organization.