Diversity and Inclusion Educational Presentations

ALA Committee on Diversity and Inclusion volunteers are currently available to present on one of these three powerful programs at your location!  Contact diversity@alanet.org to discuss your program and learn more about how the committee can assist you in achieving your diversity and inclusion educational goals.*

Creating a Culturally Competent Law Firm                                        C3 PP Graphic

Cultural competence is an awareness of the cultural differences that makes each person unique; it is the ability to interact with and appreciate belief systems that differ from our own, thereby creating a way for everyone to work cross culturally.  The goal of this presentation is to enhance knowledge and skills for building and maintaining a multicultural organization and becoming positive change agents for our workplaces. This program asks participants to understand and reflect on their role as a leader responsible for promoting inclusion and building successful and effective working relationships within our organizations.  

Participants will:

  • Define diversity and culture and its impact on relationships within our organizations.
  • Recognize our unconscious biases and how they impact our culture and hiring decisions.
  • Understand the importance of collaborative working relationships with diverse others andthe benefits of diverse perspectives in problem-solving.
  • Recognize the importance of infusing diversity into our organizations to achieve a more productive, respectful and cooperative work environment.

All Inclusive:  How Chapters Can Create A Welcoming Environment

Diversity and inclusion is not just a topic of conversation – it’s a way of life!  Session attendees will learn how to recognize and combat unconscious bias, how to be more inclusive with chapter members and business partners from all walks of life and how to take that inclusiveness and create a more welcoming chapter environment.  Attendees will participate in a word cloud instant-survey as well as in a roundtable exercise where they discuss specific pre-selected topics/scenarios on law firm diversity that are then shared with the entire audience.  Attendees will also learn what resources are available to them through the ALA Diversity & Inclusion Committee. 

Some of the key takeaways from this presentation are:                             60Tips PP Graphic

  • What is diversity & inclusion?
  • How do chapters recognize and deal with unconscious bias?
  • Tips on how chapters can become more inclusive
  • Tips on creating a welcoming chapter environment
  • How ALA Diversity & Inclusion committee can help chapters

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Why is diversity important, and how can we do a better job bringing diversity and inclusion to our lives and the workplace? Businesses must pursue diverse talent and achieve real inclusion if they want to be successful beyond today, and into tomorrow. Beginning with a fundamental understanding of diversity and its many dimensions, participants will achieve greater comprehension of the types and layers of diversity, beyond those as defined by the EEOC. Once the concept of diversity is explored, how do we go on to create real inclusion? How can we create policies and procedures that support our definition of success? What strategies can we employ, and where can we get help if we need it?

Participants will:

  • Define diversity and its many dimensions.
  • Participants will be able to identify some of the top-level reasons diversity and inclusion are important to the success of businesses today.
  • Identify pitfalls and barriers to diversity and inclusion. Participants will become familiar with biases we all have, how to foster awareness of these unconscious beliefs and counteract them.
  • Participants will be able to identify workplace and recruitment/retention considerations related to differences including religion, age, disabilities, gender issues, sexuality, gender identification, military status and more.

* Speakers appear on a complimentary basis based on schedule and availability, however travel reimbursement of basic expenses may be required.