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New! 2014 Straight for Equality in the Workplace Training Catalog (PDF)
This brochure highlights the diverse training opportunities available through the Straight for Equality Project. From basic trainings that make the case for diversity and inclusion to issue specific trainings that promote awareness about bullying in schools we definitely have what’s right for you! (Contact us if you’d like a copy mailed to you.)
Straight for Equality in the Workplace: Learn how to make the case for culture change using real-life stories and examples that demonstrate how an inclusive workplace can affect the bottom line. Help your employees identify, address, and overcome some of the barriers that prevent attitude change and provide them with concrete and straightforward ways to show support for their GLBT colleagues.
"I'm Not LGBT...Not That There's Anything Wrong with That...": Advanced Ally Skills:Find out how to effectively communicate why you’re a straight ally, get the language to articulate the business case for supporting equality and ERG engagement, and learn how to turn awkward experiences into teaching moments. Also learn about ways to reduce the issue of ally invisibility personally and within your company’s ERG.
Straight for Equality in the Workplace (Intensive Training): Learn more about the ways that high-level management can make a difference in diversity and inclusion efforts when it comes to GLBT issues. Understand the challenges of culture chance, learn about new tools to become effective leaders in this effort, and develop strategies to address organizational challenges in regards to this work.
Straight for Equality in the Workplace: Becoming a Trans Ally: This session will help participants focus on understanding more about transgender people and how they can become better allies to the trans community. The session educates participants on what transgender is (and isn’t), builds skills around discussing topics related to the trans community, offers important statistics on what transpeople face, and offers best practices on how to be a vocal trans ally and opportunities to try new skills on real-world scenarios.
Have Faith: Navigating LGBTA and Religion Issues in the Workplace: There are few topics that cause as much stress as putting LGBT equality and religion in the same discussion. Find out how to move this debate back to a conversation, identify ways to find common ground between LGBTAs and people of faith at work, get resources to help in the effort, and even find ways to use common ground as a starting point for workplace programs that promote inclusion for LGBTAs and people of faith together.
It's Not About Counting Heads: Building Truly Inclusive ERGs:
It's been said that diversity isn't about counting heads but about making heads count. Culturally inclusive ERGs are able to better serve organizations, provide support to less visible populations and create partnerships that yield great educational opportunities, dispel stereotypes, and develop inclusive workplace climate. Learn why inclusion of communities of color is to important to ERG work, the role of LGBTs as allies to people of color, understand inclusion vs. diversity, brainstorm to create new projects, and start boosting inclusion in your ERG.
(Effectively) Telling Your Story to Create Change: Discover how to develop your own personal story to inspire change. You can use your personal story as a straight ally or a GLBT person to transform hearts and minds at work, at home, and in your community. Examine the power and significance of the personal story and some of the ways that such stories are critical to diversity and inclusion efforts.
Cultivating Respect -- Safe Schools for All: Across the country, people are becoming increasingly aware of the issues of bullying and harassment in schools. Give your colleagues the chance to learn more about the issue and why it is so closely related to attitudes about GLBT people in the workplace. Also learn simple, accessible, and effective strategies that anyone can use with their kids, friends, teachers, and school personnel to end bullying in schools.
The Care and Feeding of Straight Allies:Learn more about the value of straight allies for your organization and effective ways to attract and engage new allies in conversations about GLBT issues. Based on research conducted by PFLAG National and Harris Interactive examine the challenges in creating a program like Straight for equality and what that means for your organization.
The Advanced Care & Feeding of Straight Allies: After years focusing on ally engagement, many ERGs report great success, with allies often outnumbering GLBT people at their meetings. Learn more about how the way we define “ally” in the workplace can impact outreach and engagement and some simple ways to transform allies into engaged advocates. Identify challenges still encountered by ERGs, key strategies for advanced education of existing allies, and new ways to engage those we normally wouldn’t consider potential allies.
Buzz: Creating It, Changing It, Managing It: Achieving a great buzz about your work and your brand is one of the keys to professional success. Learn how to identify what their buzz is, how to make it better, and the role it plays in personal, ERG, and organizational success. Examine the critical conversations that GLBT people frequently have at work and get strategies to navigate those conversations, avoid major pitfalls that may damage your buzz and how this can all help to increase understanding around GLBT issues at work.