Register for workshop on workforce diversity

“Relating Across Difference: A Workshop for Health Professionals in Training” is a free workshop to help advanced health profession students bridge between their interprofessional and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) competencies to successfully become thoughtful, skillful agents of change. The event is Saturday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The workshop is open to advanced health professions students with significant clinical experience, including third- and fourth-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing students, fourth-year medicine and dental medicine students, any student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and second-year students in genetic counseling, Master of Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, physician assistant, speech language pathology, psychology and nutrition programs.

Overview of Workshop

This workshop, led by Olawale Olaleye and Jody Hoffer Gittell of Brandeis University, will help participants build relationships of shared goals, shared knowledge and mutual respect, supported by frequent, timely, accurate and problem-solving communication across professional, gender, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic differences. It enables future health professionals to better leverage the rich information offered by diversity to achieve better outcomes with patients and colleagues.

Workshop Objectives

Through the program you’ll learn to:

  • Develop awareness of oneself and others and learn why it matters. 
  • Develop awareness of the value and potential challenges of diversity and the importance of managing them well in order to achieve desired outcomes. 
  • Learn how to create a safe space and how to develop relationships based on shared goals, shared knowledge and mutual respect.

Workshop Agenda

Before the workshop begins, participants will have pre-work that will include writing a two-minute personal story and creating a pie chart to represent social identities. During the workshop, participants will be introduced to the course frameworks of relational coordination and psychological safety as well as a review of mindful listening and co-creation of ground rules for the learning community. Participants will then share their personal stories and engage with others in a facilitated discussion of their professional and social identities.

Participants will develop a relational map of a health care team they have experienced and create action plans to learn about specific differences identified using the relational map. After the workshop, participants will implement their action plan for four weeks using a weekly journal to reflect on what they learned, with particular attention to professional and/or social identity differences.

Registration is required for this free workshop.