Applied Diversity Awareness (ADA) Workshops

Aims

The aim of the Applied Diversity Awareness (ADA) Workshop is to raise and deepen awareness of diversity and connected issues through personal experiences, (self)reflection and theoretical inputs.

In order to make diversity and its concepts “alive”, experimental learning settings are implemented in so called “Applied Diversity Awareness (ADA) Workshops”. Issues and concepts of diversity are often not easy to explain and understood. Individuals involved in Diversity Management processes therefore often lack a certain commitment and understanding. Which makes it difficult for the implementation of measures and change processes in general. Through the attendance of the ADA workshop, participant’s awareness and understanding for diversity issues is deepened. This is going to improve the commitment and has an impact on the successful outcome of the implementation processes in the organisations.

Content

The design of the workshop includes

  • theoretical inputs,
  • field visits,
  • personal reflection sessions as well as
  • application and transfer of the learned.

In the workshops participants will experience different facets of diversity in concrete settings, through being exposed to them during field visits. Afterwards they will have the possibility to reflect about the experiences, feelings and emotions that arose during the field trip.

In the workshops participants experience different facets of diversity in various settings, e.g. field visits, visiting a mosque, participatory observation in a pub or restaurant they wouldn’t usually go to because of their class background or their age, visiting a neighbourhood with a high ethnic diversity, etc. Furthermore, the reflection of the experiences of the participants and their learning and application for the topic of the project is explored. The workshop also includes a theoretical input by an expert regarding the diversity category or issues covered.

Participants

Participants of the Transnational Project Meetings (TPM1, TPM2, and TMP3) have the opportunity to participate in the pilots of the ADA workshops (1 day each). Furthermore, it is planned, that the ADA Workshop will be used during the pilots in the participating AD institutions, where change processes regarding diversity will take place. Members of staff of the organisations that will be involved and concerned by the measures, will attend the workshop (or parts of it). Duration The duration of the Workshop will be one day (8 hours). The Workshop will have different parts / modules, which can be used flexible according to the needs and (time) resources of the participants and institutional requirements. Agenda For the concrete agenda, see the two pilot workshops which were held in Graz in December 2018 and in Hannover in May 2019. The final proposed agenda will take into account the considerations of the facilitators and feedback from participants of all three ADA workshop (ADA 3 workshop will be held in the Netherlands in November 2019).
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