“Organizational diversity is not a disadvantage to be overcome, but a key resource facilitating creativity and learning.” - Herriot & Carole (1995)
Over the past decade it’s become clear that valuing the unique perspectives, strengths and contributions of people very different from one another in organizations is a key competitive advantage. It results not only in strong individual and team engagement, but organizational outcomes as well.
“Diversity” and “sensitivity” training is not enough. “Tolerance” is not enough. Many organizations struggle to find ways to put these concepts into action. With the best of intentions, they spend millions of dollars each year trying to train people to value diversity and to be more sensitive to others different from them. Unfortunately, most of these programs lack vital elements that maximize personal and collective reflection, dialogue and change.
The Acceptance Curriculum™ addresses these gaps and provides a more meaningful experience for individuals and organizations. Developed by a team of clinical social workers, this new approach focuses on creating a culture of acceptance through dynamic inclusion. It couples interactive learning with dialogue, reflection and follow-up. The Acceptance Curriculum™ is customized for each organization’s culture and needs for maximum impact.
Initially developed for use in the military following the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, the Acceptance Curriculum™ is designed to foster the full acceptance of self and others – not simply to educate and enforce policy.
Contact us to learn more about using the Acceptance Curriculum™ in your own organization or community.