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Diversity and inclusion in the workplace
Diversity and inclusion in the workplace

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Week 4: Barriers to diversity and inclusion


Over the last two weeks you have looked at a range of the Equality Act’s protected characteristics, exploring examples of discrimination and learning about key issues, recent cases and appropriate terminology.

You were also introduced to the impact of social capital on inclusion, and the concept of intersectionality, when a single individual has several diversity characteristics.

This week, you’ll pick up on some of the issues raised in more detail. You’ll explore challenges that might present barriers to the diversity you are aiming to facilitate, such as unconscious bias or fear of saying the wrong thing.

Start this week by watching some of our employers explain the value of listening to and learning from others, and owning the uncertainty you might feel.

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Video 1: Introduction to Week 4
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By the end of this week you will be able to:

  • describe unconscious bias and the impact it can have on our approach to diversity
  • reflect on other potential barriers to diversity in your workplace, including privilege and diversity fatigue
  • understand the impact that your sector and location might have on diversity.

You’ll start by exploring the concept of unconscious bias and what you can do to combat it.