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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)Helping leaders build more diverse, equitable and inclusive communities and organizations

We believe every community leader should be DEI-competent. Community leaders must create spaces and opportunities for individuals from all walks of life to be heard, understood and appreciated within their communities.

In order to do so, community leaders must be willing and able to:

  • understand the systemic challenges of their community;
  • create and welcome diversity;
  • tackle issues surrounding equity; and
  • ensure those that are diverse actually feel and/or are welcomed.

At the Fanning Institute, we define*:

  • Diversity as including but not limited to race, color, ethnicity, nationality, religion, socioeconomic status, veteran status, education, marital status, language, age, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, genetic information, and learning styles.
  • Equity as the guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity and advancement for all while striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups. The principle of equity acknowledges that there are historically underserved and underrepresented populations and that fairness regarding these unbalanced conditions is needed to assist equality in the provision of effective opportunities to all groups.
  • Inclusion as authentically bringing traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities and decision/policy making in a way that shares power and ensures equal access to opportunities and resources.

We assist communities and organizations in engaging in and leading open, thoughtful and constructive strategies and dialogue around difficult and complex issues such as race and racism. Our programming helps broaden understanding, leads to new learnings, and promotes positive change and unity.

We help to develop DEI-competent leaders, communities and organizations through facilitation, programming, services and technical support in the following areas:

  • Reflective Structured Dialogue
    Reflective Structured Dialogue (RSD) builds the capacity of leaders, communities and organizations to engage, live and thrive despite their differences. By enabling people to have new conversations about the issues that matter deeply to them and remain in relationship, the approach creates a foundation for trust, resiliency and collaborative action.
  • Cultural Awareness and Competency Training
    Leadership in diverse communities is often confronted with understanding and mediating conflict between different constituent groups in the community. Cultural Awareness and Competency Training challenges leaders in communities to understand cultural differences and to become more effective in providing leadership to diverse groups and communities. The training explores the role culture plays in shaping how leaders and community members think and act.
  • Adaptive Leadership Training and Technical Support
    Adaptive leadership requires a mindset shift from thinking that leaders and experts are the ones providing solutions to recognizing that adaptive challenges call for leaders who can mobilize, motivate, organize, reorient and focus the attention of the people with the problem to enact meaningful change. Adaptive Leadership Training and Technical Support introduces leaders to the critical first steps needed to understand adaptive leadership and how to diagnose the actual problem to set the stage for finding solutions.
  • Conflict Resolution
    Conflict resolution represents any process or method where parties in dispute attempt to reach an agreement. Fanning faculty offers training and support services in mediation, conflict resolution, dialogue and other alternative dispute resolution processes so individuals will possess the necessary leadership skills to address barriers and transform conflict in their communities and organizations.

    • Mediation Training
      Mediation Training is for individuals who want to register as mediators in the state of Georgia or who desire to master the skills of conflict resolution and problem solving. Upon completion of training, participants meet the classroom requirements to register as a mediator in the state of Georgia.
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
      Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is any legal method for resolution of disputes other than litigation. These strategies include: mediation, arbitration, early neutral evaluation (or case evaluation) and many hybrid processes. The Fanning Institute offers a variety of services and courses covering these ADR strategies.
  • Executive Coaching
    Executive coaching is a tool for individual leadership development and change management. Specifically, coaches work with individuals to identify challenges and develop strategies for changing behaviors that lead to personal success and improved business and community impact.
  • Leading Change Training and Technical Support
    Leading Change Training and Technical Support introduces leaders to the essential concepts involved in leading change at the community level and provides them with planning supports for a specific project of their choosing. Helping community leaders better understand the essential role they can play in leading change initiatives in the community is a key ingredient in any leadership development program.

For more information on our diversity, equity and inclusion programs and services, contact Raye Rawls, J.D. or Maritza Soto Keen, Ph.D.

*Adapted from: UC Berkeley Center for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity and the University of Houston’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion https://community.naceweb.org/blogs/karen-armstrong1/2019/06/25/what-exactly-is-diversity-equity-and-inclusion

 

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