Nijmegen, Netherlands

Alternative Walks of the Talk? Designing Diversity Trainings

when 1 August 2021 - 14 August 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 EC

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, this course has been postponed to 2021.

Induced by frequent criticism of many common diversity management trainings as ineffective, this course explores underlying reasons of ineffectiveness and developing alternative trainings and interventions.

This two-week Summer School programme adopts a critical perspective on diversity management in organisations. It provides a strong theoretical base on topics such as systematic inequality between members of different social groups within organisations, and the discussion of the (in)adequacy of different diversity management trainings and interventions. This course also offers the unique opportunity to translate the acquired theoretical knowledge into practice by designing an alternative diversity management training. Using peer-learning and frequent interactions with the lecturer, the course set-up challenges participants to experiment with their own creativity in combination with their acquired theoretical knowledge, while also offering many opportunities for feedback and support.

In week 1, we will focus on better understanding the reasons for systematic inequalities between members of different social groups in organisations in order to develop sensitivity to mostly hidden and oftentimes invisible practices and processes in organisations. Towards the end of week 1, we will critically explore (the effectiveness of) common diversity management trainings and interventions and discuss (the need for) potential alternatives. We will close off week 1 by experiencing an example of an alternative diversity management training. This offers you a kick-start inspiring your own quest of designing an alternative diversity management training.

In week 2 you will work in small project teams on designing your alternative diversity management training. Half-way, a guest-speaker from practice will share experiences on designing and implementing diversity management trainings and answer questions to give you the opportunity to learn from professional experience. On Thursday you will present and experiment with the newly designed trainings. The last day of the week is set-up to fine-tune the designed training based on the received feedback and to wrap-up the course.

This course strives to provide a solid theoretical base combined with practical challenges addressing the pressing need for finding adequate alternative walks of the talk on diversity in organizations.

Course leader

Carolin Ossenkop, Lecturer, Department Strategic Human Resource Management
Radboud University

Target group

• Advanced Bachelor
• Master
• PhD
• Professional

This course is designed for students and professionals interested in
a) better understanding underlying practices and processes (re)enforcing systematic inequalities between members of different social groups in organizations,
b) critically challenge common trainings, and
c) practically designing alternative diversity management trainings.

Course aim

After this course, you are able to:

1. Critically explore and better understand the underlying practices and processes leading to systematic inequalities between members of different social groups in organizations;
2. Critically challenge common diversity management trainings and interventions on their adequacy of reducing systematic inequalities in organizations;
3. Practically experiment with developing an alternative diversity management training.

Fee info

EUR 0: Fee and date will be announced in the fall. Registration opens December 1st 2020. The fee includes the registration fees, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.