Bystander Awareness: A Training Tool for Workplace Inclusion & Retention

Date: March 29, 2007

Time: 9:30am- 12:00pm

Location: Hiltion at Dedham Place- Dedham, MA



Dr. Maureen Scully, Affiliate at Center for Gender in Organizations, Simmons School of Management; and Professor of Management, UMASS Boston

Dr. Stacy Blake- Beard, Senior Faculty Affiliate at the Center in Gender in Organizations and Associate Professor of Management, Simmons School of Management

Christopher Ellinger, Founder and Artisitc Director, True Story Theater

Program Overview

Visualize your HR workplace challenges…thinking in terms of the bias and stereotypes that can be present in the environment of your organization. These micro-inequalities can breed a hostile work atmosphere and derail teamwork in the workplace, according to our facilitators Dr. Maureen Scully and Dr. Stacy Blake-Beard. Dr. Scully and Dr. Blake-Beard are training employees on how to become “active bystanders” - people who can recognize and diffuse an act of discrimination, harassment or other micro-inequality at the very moment of impact.

To bring the concept of “Bystander Awareness” to life in a dynamic way, this seminar will feature the True Story Theater Troupe - who will act out several workplace scenarios that will illustrate specific examples and skills to empower bystanders to take on this challenging but important role. Attendees will also receive the Bystander Awareness training workbook that has been developed by the Center for Gender in Organizations at Simmons College.

Dr. Scully and Dr. Blake-Beard advocate that “bystanders” can play a pivotal role in showing that the norms of valuing diversity and creating an inclusive workplace are critical. When there are deviations from these norms, bystanders can speak up, make room for silenced voices halt a painful escalation, and make a difference in the workplace.”

By attending this Bystander Awareness Training, you will leave empowered with the skills to be able to:

Identify and interpret a workplace situation where help is needed.

Assume personal responsibility and decide appropriate responses to workplace challenges.

Have a direct impact in addressing instances of bias and harassment in the workplace and other settings.

Play a significant role in shaping your organization to be a place where diverse contributions are highly valued.

Who should attend: Any professional interested in learning a practical intervention skill for combating workplace instances of stereotype, bias, harassment and/or offensive behavior.


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