What is Inclusiveness Training?

Inclusiveness training is a process by which individuals, work groups, and/or whole organizations develop an enhanced awareness and understanding of cultural dynamics that affect individuals, workplaces, and whole societies.

Training can help participants learn more about historical inequities related to race and ethnicity, explore how culture interacts with the work of nonprofit organizations, and help organizations to be open to and encourage fuller participation of people of color at all levels of the organization. Inclusiveness training is a critical element of any inclusiveness initiative.

There are many different types of approaches to inclusiveness training and many names for inclusiveness training programs, such as "inclusiveness training," "cultural competence training," "cultural awareness training," and "anti-racism or anti-oppression training." This module reviews these approaches in the section, "Explanation of Different Training Approaches."

Relationship of Training to the Inclusiveness BlueprintCreating a more inclusive organization is most successful when both of the following occur:

Individuals within the organization develop a greater awareness and understanding of cultural and power dynamics and how they affect individuals, workplaces, and societies.

Organizations transform their work and workplace in order to better respond to the assets and needs of communities of color.

The best mechanism for accomplishing the first goal is inclusiveness training. The best mechanism for accomplishing the second goal is creating and implementing an inclusiveness blueprint.

An inclusiveness blueprint is a plan that outlines your priorities and action steps for becoming more inclusive, and it is similar to a detailed strategic plan. (See Creating a Blueprint.) However, in order to achieve greater understanding and awareness, every organization should also develop an inclusiveness training approach that fits its needs. This module will help you develop an approach that suits your organization.

Inclusiveness training and the inclusiveness blueprint interact and are woven together to create a more successful inclusiveness initiative.