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Why Bother with DEI?

Training Details & Format
  • 2 Hours  

  • Live Virtual Session

  • Unlimited Participants

Learning Objective

By the end of this training, participants will be able to recognize internal and external barriers to DEI and identify concrete next steps to address them.

Skills & Core Concepts Addressed
  • Introduction to DEI

  • Internal Barriers to DEI

  • Cost of Ignoring Diversity

Why this? Why now?

By avoiding DEI work, we give room for fear and division to grow. We are missing an opportunity to bolster innovation and growth. Despite the urgency of the problem, the barriers to starting DEI conversations can feel so overwhelming that we’d rather not attempt them. 

What is Artesian Collaborative’s approach to this issue?

This training will help you get the conversation started in a healthy way. Our therapists create a safe space for a broad range of perspectives. Safety is essential for addressing barriers and beginning meaningful DEI work. By utilizing the Observe, Listen, and Inquire Framework, we will explore varying perspectives of what prevents people from engaging in DEI work. This process empowers participants to collaborate authentically and begin establishing solutions tailored to your team.

How will this training help my team grow?

A recent study featured in the Harvard Business Review found that “discuss[ing] challenging social and political topics at work is part of a mentally healthy culture.” (Harvard Business Review, Mind Share Partners, 2022) When an organization begins fostering diverse, equitable, inclusive environments, it is modeling to employees at all organizational levels that healthy communication matters, especially when emotions like fear and anger are present.

Participant Feedback

“Through this training I have realized that we do not make time to have honest conversations about DEI topics at our organization. Learning about others’ experiences has made me realize there is an urgent need for us to do so.”

“My gender and culture both are in the minority here, but the openness to discuss and have your team articulate the problems using a solution focussed lens which is practical and feasible for us all, has been very helpful. I left the session very inspired and motivated, but more hopeful for the possibility of change.”

“The Artesian Collaborative trainers have such an amazing and insightful approach. The observe, listen, inquire framework was a great way to engage. I LOVED this session.”

“This training allowed space for questioning and admitting shortcomings while also still seeing how we can learn and grow with our strengths.”

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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