The “diverse organization” embodies the value of diversity across all of its operations. Diversity, as a value, co-exists within the organization at the same level and on the same plane as the values of effectiveness and efficiency. This means practices within an organization are aligned with the value of diversity as a core value. The Diversity Assessment and Engagement Program (DAEP) is a certificate-granting, diversity leadership program designed for mid-level and senior administrators to assist organizations in becoming diverse entities. It does so by providing guidance on organizational diversity audits, individual and unit diversity plans, and leading educational activities that promote understanding of diversity issues and practices among organizational personnel.
A flexible program, DAEP, has the following learning objectives for its educational activities:
Participants will develop:
1. Self-awareness of personal values, perspectives and behaviors that shape interactions with persons from cultures other than one’s own;
2. Critical understanding of the structural features of organizations and the social order that maintain and reproduce differential opportunities across members of different social groups;
3. Approaches for promoting diversity issues within organizations and the challenges diversity leaders face in advancing multicultural competence within their own organizations;
4. Personal efficacy in leading and developing multicultural workplaces and providing services in diverse environments; and
5. Sustainable practices for engaging diverse populations.
The program consists of nine interactive sessions with participants focused on activities aligned with these five objectives. The program has capacity for 20 community leaders, professionals, and administrators. Participants must complete all sessions to obtain the certificate. The program costs are $2,500.
Through the development and implementation of individual diversity projects, program participants engage in activities that contribute to the realization of these objectives and which provide experiences that enhance their skills and abilities to interact professionally with persons from diverse backgrounds.
The program is designed and facilitated by Rubén Martinez, Ph.D., Director of the Julian Samora Research Institute, Michigan State University. Dr. Martinez has expertise and extensive experience in designing and leading diversity leadership programs for developing and enhancing multicultural orientations and skills among individuals, and multicultural capacity within organizations.