Honoring Our Common Differences: Reflective Leadership for Inclusivity

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Note: This class is offered in a highly participatory live-online format.

This renewed and revised class will focus on organizational practices in the context of our society where "isms" are deeply rooted. An organization's actions need to be grounded in a clear understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). The means by which we engage must be inclusive in practice, and actions need to be embedded in order to create lasting changes in "how we do things around here."

Inclusivity is the practice of radical hospitality where all people experience uncompromising respect and dignity in an atmosphere of non-judgment and genuine acceptance. Inclusive organizations are fully committed to social justice and foster mutual adaptation in behaviors, practices and policies. They value and actively encourage multiple experiences and perspectives, creating a positive, collaborative environment in which people feel safe to be themselves, and to take risks toward innovation, working and learning.


Learn how to use your energy and wisdom to facilitate positive social change and leave a legacy different than the one we inherited. The goals of this workshop are to create a safe forum to engage in self-reflection and dialogue with others about inclusivity.

Participants will:

  • Identify key behaviors that support an inclusive workplace culture
  • Examine underlying assumptions that create the difference between an organization's espoused values and its actual practices, i.e., the "walk-talk" gap
  • Discover the key components to strategic and sustainable DEI initiatives
  • Examine perceptions of "risk" and amplify your courage to take meaningful action to support inclusivity

Enrollment is limited to 26 to facilitate genuine self-reflection and dialogue.

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Overview: Extra Information

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Division of Continuing Studies is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.

Earn Continuing Education Hours

By participating in this class you will earn:

Instructional Hours 7
University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units .7
American Psychological Association - Continuing Education Credit 7
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Substance Abuse Counselors - Continuing Education Credit Hours 7
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Marriage and Family Therapists - Continuing Education Credit Hours 7

Explanation of Continuing Education Hours

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Program Questions?

Contact Elizabeth Nagel at liz.nagel@wisc.edu or 608-263-7023

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Meet your instructor

Kathy Germann

(MA, The Ohio State University) has more than 35 years of experience teaching, consulting, facilitating, and coaching with more than 350 client groups across the country. She has served as an ad hoc instructor for UW-Madison for 29 years. Germann has taught on three college campuses and was an executive director in the nonprofit sector. She is known for her sense of humor and highly participatory teaching style.

What Attendees Are Saying

I took Kathy's diversity workshops to fine-tune myself as an instrument for this work. Because of the depth of her commitment and her mastery of how people change and grow, the workshops have helped me do exactly that. A lot of my work has been with Indian elders. Borrowing from their vocabulary, I would say that Kathy has 'medicine'.
Rodney Horikawa
Kathy's strategy in introducing diversity issues into the workplace is par excellence!
Rev. David Couper