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Diversity Intensive


In this workshop, we go beyond the fundamentals of diversity, to uncover the emotional barriers that impede progress. We provide a supportive environment to tackle difficult questions collaboratively, encouraging participants to explore the intricacies of their identities and understand the driving forces behind their interactions to foster inclusion, address conflict, and enhance team dynamics.

Training Details & Format Options
  • Customizable 1 Day or 2 Day Options

  • In Person Only (Explore Virtual Option)

  • 12-50 Participants

  • Ideal for Management Level

Learning Objectives
  • Identify and communicate the dimensions shaping your self-identity.

  • Discuss cross-cultural tension navigation skills and their workplace application.

  • Explore the influence of early-life experiences on asset access, leadership style, and approach.

  • Evaluate the experience of privilege in diverse environments.

  • Discuss the intersection of privilege and identity.

  • Describe and examine microaggressions and their impact on workplace relationships.

  • Analyze microinterventions and their application for addressing bias and microaggressions.

  • Sequence the process of identity development.

  • Develop an action plan for growth in the areas of inclusion and belonging.

Skills & Core Concepts Addressed
  • Understanding Yourself

  • The Tension of Privilege

  • Then Tension of Bias

  • Identity Journeys

  • Empowering Intentional Leadership

  • Deep Dive: Approaching Differences Framework

  • Skills to address microaggressions

Why this? Why now?

Translating diversity, equity, and inclusion knowledge into action can be challenging. Even with good intentions, navigating conflicts can be tough. Without effective conversation skills, tension rises, productivity drops, and burnout grows. In Engaging the Tension of Diversity, our intensive format, guided by therapists, delves into the emotions behind tension and offers experiences for teams to navigate challenging discussions together.

What is Artesian Collaborative’s approach to this issue?

If we address DEI issues through a relational lens with a focus on empathy, we can create space to have tense dialogue safely. All of our trainings are led by professionals with expertise in therapeutic techniques that can help teams manage conflict as it’s happening. As leaders, it often feels easiest to avoid conflict around diversity. We will help you practice skills to navigate that conflict and use it for good.

Participant Feedback

“This is the best DEI training I’ve ever participated in.”

“The opportunity to be vulnerable with the group. It’s rare that I’ve had a chance to experience this level of trust and openness in a work environment. It was different than what I expected but fantastic.”

“This was fantastic and not a cookie-cutter training where you’re spoken at. Extremely interactive and thought-provoking. It was powerful to hear stories directly from our colleagues during the session. This helped me understand and connect.”

“After training with a previous vendor, I was anxious to attend this session. The delivery in this class was VERY different - in a great way. I see the journey and actions I can take more clearly. For the first time in a long time, I’m walking away from DEI training better than I was before.” 

“This course feels more inclusive than others I’ve experienced because it focuses on coming together and not the divide.”

“I am glad to have resources to bring back immediately. This is something I’ve wanted.”

“I appreciated the facilitation style  - gracious delivery, open to going where the session needed and the energy was highly engaging. Overall great training.”

“Facilitators were fantastic. Loved how inclusive they both were through the days and made the session so easy to want to talk about tough things.”

Our Training Team

As trained mental health professionals, our passion is to help people navigate pain and turn it into growth. Many corporate training programs are great at helping us address the symptoms of tension and conflict, but rarely get to the root of why we feel and act the way that we do. At Artesian Collaborative we believe that tension, conflict and discomfort are not merely problems to be solved. They are opportunities that, when used correctly, can transform our organizations, our relationships and ourselves.

As we train your team our primary goals are to:


  • Help your organization build a culture that supports psychological and emotional health.

  • Guide your team through tension and conflict in a way that builds understanding of themselves and others.

  • Facilitate interactive and interpersonal workshops that help teams experience positive interactions in the moment that can serve as a model for healthy organizational culture.

Sunitha Chandy Psy.D.

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