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The Diversity Equality and Inclusion (DEI)
Governance Academy

A proactive and sustainable approach to organizational DEI

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LEARNING MODULES

Foundational Modules

Advancing Organizational Change

2.0 HOURS EACH

ENGLISH | FRANÇAIS

A two-part foundational course where you learn to assess the current state of your organization’s DEI and how to achieve a future state where the necessary measures are in place to cultivate DEI. Part 1 focuses on identifying systemic barriers that limit the achievement of organizational DEI. Part 2 focuses on strategies and frameworks to integrate organizational DEI, including in governance and across senior leadership.

Leading Courageous Conversations

2.0 HOURS

ENGLISH | FRANÇAIS

It is difficult to engage in conversations on divisive issues, without feeling afraid of offending someone, saying something wrong, or feeling exhausted explaining one’s lived experience with discrimination. In this course, participants learn to successfully begin and sustain courageous conversations on divisive issues. They explore how to approach these conversations with curiosity and humility and strategies to respond in the moment when they confront racism and discrimination.

Honouring Black Excellence

2.0 HOURS

ENGLISH | FRANÇAIS

Explore the achievements of Black people to Canadian society while also addressing systemic anti-Black racism that Black people and communities continue to experience. In this program, you will gain a deeper understanding of anti-Black racism in Canadian society and in the federal public service. At the end of the course, you should have a deeper understanding of anti-Black racism, Black Canadian history, and what you can do to identify and remove the systemic barriers that Black people face.

Advanced Modules

2.0 HOURS

ENGLISH | FRANÇAIS

Succession planning is not just the responsibility of human resources. Succession planning is an organizational responsibility. In this course, you will learn best practices and strategies to integrate DEI into succession planning for your organization’s board and senior leaders. Through interactive discussions, you will identify barriers (real and perceived) to succession planning for equality-deserving candidates and examine strategies to develop your board and leadership pipeline, to meaningfully outreach and engage with non-traditional networks, and to develop an effective skills matrix. At the end of the course, you will be able to develop a succession plan that reflects your organization’s short, medium and long-term DEI commitments.

2.0 HOURS

ENGLISH | FRANÇAIS

If you are a board member or senior leader, you know how important it is that your organizational leaders represent the diversity of the communities you serve. You also value the importance of retaining leaders who will contribute to an organizational culture where people experience psychological safety, inclusion and equality. In this course, you will learn practical and effective strategies to retain board members and senior leaders. You will gain deeper insight into how to identify and address systemic barriers facing Indigenous and equality-deserving applicants; how to integrate DEI into the entire life cycle of a leader, including onboarding, and performance and talent management.

2.0 HOURS

ENGLISH | FRANÇAIS

There is increasing resistance to diversity, equality and inclusion and leaders often do not know how to respond. In the course, we address a change management framework to guide leaders to cultivate organizational DEI. We examine behavioural science and why people are resistance to change. Using a model of change management, we explore ways in which to build awareness and desire for change, how to use middle managers to communicate expectations and values around DEI and how to leverage affinity groups, DEI councils and employee resource groups to build capacity around DEI.

2.0 HOURS

ENGLISH | FRANÇAIS

When the Clerk’s Call to Action was adopted, many leaders became responsible for implementing a series of actions to advance anti-racism, equity and inclusion in the federal public service. However, many leaders feel that they do not have the awareness, knowledge and support to successfully implement the Call to Action. In this interactive session, senior leaders will examine five practical and tangible strategies to meaningfully implement the Clerk’s Call to Action, including strategies to embed anti-racism, equity and inclusion throughout the employee lifecycle and how to measure and report on progress to increase representation and retention of Indigenous, Black and other racialized employees. At the end of the session, participants should have a better understanding of how to leverage your department’s existing anti-racism strategies in order to recruit, advance and retain Indigenous, Black and other racialized employees, and to advance other leadership priorities including public service accessibility, official bilingualism, public service pride and the future of work.

2.0 HOURS

ENGLISH | FRANÇAIS

While boards and senior management may be committed to DEI, there may be a tendency for them to work in silos. Boards may not have the necessary information about challenges and opportunities to DEI affecting the organization. Consequently, they may not always be aligned with senior management over how to integrate DEI across the organization. This course will equip you with strategies to strengthen the relationship between the board and senior management to achieve an organization-wide approach to DEI. You will learn to apply DEI principles to foster collaboration and ongoing communication between the board and senior management.

2.0 HOURS

ENGLISH | FRANÇAIS

In this module, participants will engage in a deeper examination of systemic racism and its socio-historical development in Canada. The session examines how systemic racism is normalized within institutions, including governance. Participants explore the forms of systemic racism and the impact on Indigenous, Black and other racialized people and communities. Through interactive activities, you will learn how racism is embedded in organizational culture and policies, the direct and indirect impacts of systemic racism and evidence-based practices to address racial equality. Participants examine anti-racism as an intentional and proactive approach to address institutional and structural barriers. At the end of this module, you will have a stronger understanding of how systemic racism manifests within society, organizations and within governance; and how the board and senior management can advance racial equality across the organization.

YOUR CUSTOMIZED CLIENT PAGE

For each course, participants will receive a private client page with the following:

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LEARNING GUIDE

Your learning guide will include reflection questions and activities to guide you through the course content. You can complete these optional activities at your own pace.

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SURVEYS

Prior to each course, you will complete a pre-course survey to identify your learning goals and outcomes. The survey enables us to tailor the course to the unique needs of your organization. At the end of the course, you will receive a survey to assess your learning outcomes and to identify additional learning objectives.

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RESOURCES

We curate a list of materials that are specific to your organization and your learning objectives. These learning materials are intended to further enhance your understanding of key concepts that are covered in the course.