Why IncludEU

Diversity and Inclusion are facing a wave of popularity in almost all European Member States.  Every day, European companies and organisations are becoming more aware of the need to value diversity and to create inclusive environments for their employees. However, creating inclusive working environments in the so-called new normal era requires theoretic knowledge, consolidated skills, familiarity with dedicated tools, capacity to define and monitor indicators, capacity to build and share a vision, as well as strategies to overcome organisational resistance to change.

Reality is becoming complex and intersectional, while our usual lens to make sense of it is becoming as useless as fogged-up glasses over an anti-Covid mask.

All the individuals involved in advocating for D&I – and especially Diversity and Inclusion managers on the front line – need to acquire specific skills, to study, to reflect, to create bridges and be part of communities, in order to make the most of what has been written and experienced in the last years and see what can be saved and what needs to be left behind while building a more inclusive future.

This may seem simple, but it requires knowing a lot of things: you need to be aware of the legislative contexts, you need to know what people advocating for different groups’ needs and rights have been writing and claiming, you need to be able to recognise your privileges (and to see how you can use them to become an ally), you need to be ready to question your projects from many perspectives, checking if they are concretely inclusive or if, perhaps unconsciously, they contribute to leaving someone behind, you need to be able to communicate in a clear way your objectives and aims and to be ready to give elements of evidence to those who claim that diversity and inclusion are all but a priority. You need to be trained and to have the opportunities to exercise your skills and confront your thoughts and feelings in a comfort zone inhabited by peers that are constantly learning, just as you are, how to deal with personal and organisational stereotypes and bias.

The course

The advanced training course “Building diverse and inclusive workplaces in Europe” is a 12-week intensive online course to supercharge your career as a future D&I leader. The first of its kind, this course brings you the EU perspective on the different diversity dimensions and is particularly relevant for international companies and employers who are present in several EU Member States. The course covers EU-level legislation and policies, examples and case studies from a variety of diversity and inclusion experts, employers, researchers and practitioners.

This course builds on the success of the Italian Master in Diversity Management and Gender Equality, answering the growing need for a common European approach to cross-national issues such as diversity and inclusion. The themes covered include ageing, disability, LGBTQI+, gender stereotypes, unconscious biases, gender pay gap, gender budgeting and more.

  • Starting on the 22nd October – ends on the 9th April 2022
  • Each Friday 17.00 and Saturday 10.00 CEST
  • Duration: 12 weeks over 5 months
  • Investment: 6 – 8 hours per week
  • Price: 2900 UR (excl. taxes) – plus details on scholarships

Early bird registration: if you sign up before the 10th of June, you will benefit from a discount of 20%. Get in touch with us to explore scholarship options, reduced rates or group and corporate discounts.

✔ A class of maximum 50 like-minded students

✔ Detailed knowledge, world renowned thought leaders on D&I

✔ Strategies on how to implement D&I in your organisation

✔ Project work

✔ Peer support, peer learning, networking, group support, discussion forum, private FB group/LinkedIn group

The Course is designed specifically for HR managers and current or future D&I specialists who are interested in acquiring EU-level knowledge and gaining access to a professional network around diversity and inclusion.

We welcome participants from the corporate world, not-for-profit organisations, public bodies or academia. Self-employed and graduates are also welcome.  

The course requires advanced knowledge of the English language, both written and spoken. Participants with a few years of professional experience will benefit the most from the advanced training course.

You will be able to benefit from the experience and insight of recognised experts in their specific fields.

An intersectional and holistic approach to inclusion as a lever for change management will be the common driver of the training experience, focusing on diversity dimensions such as :

  • Diversity and Inclusion basics, past, present and future
  • The European Union Anti-Discrimination Framework
  • Building the Business Case for D&I
  • Gender equality – EU legislation, charters, organisational good practice
  • Unconscious bias, stereotypes and language
  • LGBTQI+ EU legislation, charters, organisational good practice
  • Ageing societies, Disability and measures for independent life – EU legislation, charters, organisational good practice
  • Multiculturalism, experience of migrants and minorities – EU legislation, charters, organisational good practice
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Fostering Diverse, Inclusive and Safe working environments

The course consists of 2 live events per study week, including lectures, interaction with fellow participants, project work and the opportunity to interact with Diversity and Inclusion Leaders from across Europe.

Each week provides the opportunity to directly engage with D&I experts and professionals, to ask questions, validate ideas and learn from their insights and mistakes.

Participants will learn about the latest research-based theory, practices and lessons learnt from employers in different countries, as well as models, frameworks and clear guidance on how to implement them in their organisations.

During the course, participants will work on their own specific D&I projects, supported by the tutors and the peer learners. At the end of the course, participants will present their projects to the group and will receive valuable feedback from fellow students and lecturers.

The benefits of participation also include networking with like-minded people who share the same values and are dedicated to building diverse and inclusive workplaces.

Barbara De Micheli, designer and coordinator of the Italian Master on Gender Equality Diversity and Inclusion, has designed the Advanced Training Course on Building diverse and inclusive workplaces. She will coordinate the pathway together with Agnes Uhereczky, founding partner of the Worklife HUB.

Speakers and trainers from European Institutions, European companies and European Academia will be involved in the different modules.

The IncludeEU - Advanced Training Course on Building Diverse and Inclusive workplaces in Europe was conceptualized and is developed by Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini srl SB and the WorkLife HUB.

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