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Psychological Safety and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: How Embracing Discomfort Leads to Growth
December 9, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
As organizations work to fully embed equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in their values, goals, and culture, it is vital to create safe spaces for staff to learn, share, challenge ideas, and respectfully engage others—a process that also helps staff advance their own personal and professional EDI journeys.
An important strategy for advancing EDI is creating psychological safety for staff, but the concept can be challenging for organizations to embrace for different reasons, such as individuals being in different phases of their personal EDI journeys or that there is misunderstanding about what psychological safety is and what it isn’t. While it is a state of feeling supported and accepted and a place where mistakes are treated as opportunities to learn, it isn’t free of accountability or discomfort. This interactive session will outline the benefits of a psychologically safe organization and will offer specific strategies that can be used to address common challenges and create an internal culture of psychological safety that fosters EDI growth.
- Define psychological safety in relation to the EDI journey
- How organizations can create and support a psychologically safe environment
- What active practices agencies can implement to promote psychological safety
- Why psychological safety is difficult in action yet necessary on the EDI journey
- Organization staff
- Public policy staff
- Community advocates
Senior Program Manager, Alliance-COA