Podcast 241 — Does diversity training work?

Frequently criticized as box-ticking or virtue signaling by big business, diversity training has become a major talking point once again. Not least because of the resurgence of black lives matter last year, and the UK Government's recent - much criticized - report on race.

Written by Ross Garner
Published 20 April 2021
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Podcast 241 — Does diversity training work?

So does diveristy training make a difference? And what do organizations need to do to drive change?

On this week's episode of The Good Practice Podcast, Ross Garner and Owen are joined by D&I specialist Dana James-Edwards.

We discuss:

  • Effective approaches to diversity training
  • What organizations need to do to support diversity training
  • The role of safe spaces and social media in discussions on diversity training.

You can find out more about Dana at diversitydana.com. The YouTube playlist she mentioned, 'The Someone Else's Shoes Series', is online at: youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwE1U7v2mSBHgGI2cLdeBBFm11Rae3VZe 

In 'What I Learned This Week', Owen mentioned the app Fitbod: fitbod.me. It doesn't come across well in an audio format, but Mr F is looking great - and more of the hosting team should have noticed.

Dana shared that last week was the beginning of the Sikh New Year.

Friend-of-the-show Sukh Pabial has blogged about it here: pabial.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/vaisakhi-how-sikhs-became-the-khalsa/.

He also produced a podcast: threegood.podbean.com/e/special-episode-the-story-of-vaisakhi/ 

Ross recommended the book No-No Boy by John Okada, which he listened to on Audible: audible.co.uk/pd/No-No-Boy-Audiobook/B07D4LKQQL 

Dana James-Edwards

Dana James-Edwards

Diversity Specialist

An expert in helping companies build diverse brands & create inclusive cultures where people want to stick around.
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Owen Ferguson

Owen Ferguson

Product and Technology Director, Emerald Works

A self-confessed nerd, Owen is passionate about taking an evidence-led approach to developing digital products that solve real-world problems. He is also a regular on our weekly podcast.
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Ross Garner

Ross Garner

Head of Learning Experience, Emerald Works

Ross has been working in L&D for seven years and he heads up the instructional design team at Emerald Works. In 2019 he completed a Masters in Digital Education and was named Learning Technologies’ Learning Designer of the Year. He is also one of the hosts of the GoodPractice Podcast.
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Ross Garner

Ross Garner

Head of Learning Experience
Ross has been working in L&D for seven years and he heads up the instructional design team at Emerald Works. In 2019 he completed a Masters in Digital Education and was named Learning Technologies’ Learning Designer of the Year. He is also one of the hosts of the Good Practice Podcast.

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