Although diversity training cannot completely change an individual's beliefs, it does have the ability to increase awareness, impart knowledge, and educates students, teachers, management and employees on how to accept differences among fellow human-beings. Organizations also want to break down the barriers that separate different types (ethnic, social, political, etc.) of of people so they can work together and be productive as a team.
Diversity training is an ongoing process to educate people on the proper way to treat others of different backgrounds. The purpose of diversity training is to increase participant's cultural awareness, knowledge, and communication. Diversity training can benefit an organization or a group by helping to prevent civil rights violations, increasing the inclusion of different identity groups, and promoting better teamwork. The main goal of a successful diversity training program is to create a positive work environment by helping people recognize and be tolerant of differences among others.
Why FLCC's Diversity Training Program?
We understand a diversity-training plan takes time and effort. There is more to it then just hiring someone to talk with people about diversity, which is why we've learned from, and have the best in the field; Jane Elliott, internationally know teacher, lecturer, diversity trainer, and recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education. Elliott is considered to be the "foremother" of diversity training, with the "Blue Eye/Brown Eye" scenario as the basis of much of what is called diversity training. She exposes prejudice and bigotry for what it is, an irrational class system based upon purely arbitrary factors. And if you think this does not apply to you...you're in for a rude awakening.
In response to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. over thirty years ago, Jane Elliott devised the controversial and startling, "Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes" exercise. This, now famous exercise labels participants as inferior or superior based solely upon the color of their eyes and exposes them to the experience of being a minority. Everyone who is exposed to Jane Elliott's work, be it through a lecture, workshop, or video, is dramatically affected by it. She's done training for corporations such as General Electric, Exxon, AT&T, and IBM, as well as lectured to the FBI, IRS, US Navy, US Department of Education, and US Postal Service.