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Engaging the Tension of Diversity - Virtual

Training Details & Format

Learning Objective

By the end of this training, participants will be able to articulate an understanding of self, identify the way they experience tension surrounding DEI work, and build an awareness of skills available to stay engaged.

Skills & Core Concepts Addressed
  • Tools for Reflection

  • Engage Intentionally

  • Understanding Self

  • Identity Awareness

  • Naming Microaggressions

  • The Tension of Privilege

Why this? Why now?

As we get deeper into discussions around diversity, tensions inevitably arise. It can feel like talking about our diverse identities only leads to further division. Experiencing tension can lead us to disengage from our work and relationships. This disengagement creates an unhealthy workplace environment.

What is Artesian Collaborative’s approach to this issue?

Mindfulness is one of the most important tools to combat disengagement. In The Tension of Diversity, our therapists provide reflective space for individuals to contemplate the feelings, tension, and experiences that arise throughout the discussion. This format fosters the capacity for further exploration after the training and to engage with others in a way that feels intentional and builds connection.

How will this training help my team grow?

Learning how to engage with others in the midst of tension is essential to the fabric of a healthy workplace. With an emotions-focused DEI foundation, your team will be prepared to address the challenges of building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture, and successfully navigate tension when (not if) it shows up.

Participant Feedback

“I’m able to better understand what forces are driving my behavior. I now know what to improve and how!”

“This training has helped me shift toward a growth mindset. I have learned that diversity and inclusion should be recognized and respected in our work teams.”

“I really enjoyed the pace of the training and the space allowed for self-reflection, rather than just a training on what being inclusive means.”

“For the first time, I realized that I don't understand myself very well. The first thing I have to focus on is understanding myself so that I can better understand others.”

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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