The equality and diversity training module is not helpful at all. As someone who has multiple 'protected characteristics', the course was not navigatable in a manner which allowed me to access it with any ease because of one of my 'protected charateristics' - disability. The course itself requires you to memorise definitions for types of discrimination which in no manner helps you actually be a less discriminatory type of person. I would have been better off spending the hour and a half it took me to complete the '30 minute' course meeting with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and speaking about the difficulties we all face on a day-to-day basis. A panel led discussion on this topic would also have been more effective. The course came across as a tokenistic acknowledgement of diversity with one person from almost every 'diverse' background. (We had the blonde woman in construction, the pregnant asian woman with stripe in her hair, the white man with beard and suspenders who was somehow eccentric or something, the Asian (china/Japan/ Taiwan) older 'buisness' man in a suit, the black woman presenting, the lighter skinned black woman in a suit, the stereotypical white man in a shirt and slacks, and the light skinned male presenter.) Some of the missing people include a sikh, a black man, a muslim, and a person with any sort of health issue affecting their life other than asthma, and a refugee. How many other different people could there have been? How many people taking the course noticed who was missing? How many people noticed colour choices for the graphics of 'people'? If you haven't noticed who was left out or the colour choices and then make a distinct action to speak up about who was left out- how effective is this 'training' other than to reinforce the mantra of these are the people we discriminate against and now you can label types of discrimination? What kind of practical help is this to open our eyes to everyone and how we treat them? How does this challenge us to look at what our initial impression of someone is and then actually make an effort to get to know the person without our initial impressions dominating our questions and filtering what we hear them say? This course does none of these things and only serves to make people feel they have accomplished something whereby they have only reinforced their already 'I'm not a racisit/judgmental person/person who discriminates' thoughts.
1 year ago
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