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.
Senior Program Manager, Alliance-COA