Diversity and Inclusion: Strategies to Confront Bias and Enhance Collaboration in 21st Century Organizations

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Course Number: 
DYNM 622 900
Permits for Non-DYNM Students: https://www.sas.upenn.edu/lps/graduate/dynamics/course-permit
Course Note: 
DYNM Category: A; DYNM Concentration: LMC. Course Schedule: 5/20-21; 6/10-11, 17-18 Special session: 05/20/2017 to 06/18/2017
Course Description: 

In the workplace, it is inevitable that difference between individuals will cause conflict—whether explicit or beneath the surface. Denial and unconscious bias will prevent issues from being addressed. This course will expand participant perspectives about strategies for addressing bias and for creating effective collaborations that bridge difference.  The approach of the course is based heavily in experiential learning, structured reflection, and practical application.  Through self-assessment and group reflection, participants will create, implement and adjust action plans for addressing unconscious bias and for enhancing communication that drive inclusive goal and norm setting.  A live, building case provides an opportunity to apply the course concepts in a dynamic team setting. One additional facilitator per weekend will be brought in for short guest lectures and team observation/debriefing to provide an appropriate and relevant source of challenge to work through difficult issues raised through course concepts.The overall course structure will combine three intensive on-site weekends with opportunities for remote collaboration to create a seamless and continuous learning community. To maximize collaboration and networking opportunities, students will participate in two teams: one in which they will be tasked to solve a business challenge related to diversity and inclusion, and the other for discussing strategies to implement course learning within their workplace or organization.

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