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About this course

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In this course, we explore the concepts of racism, intersectionality, and “Emotional Tax” that research shows underrepresented racial and ethnic groups can and often do experience on a daily basis both in and out of work. Emotional Tax—the combined effect of being on guard to protect against bias; feeling different at work because of gender, race, and/or ethnicity; and the associated effects on health, well-being, and ability to thrive at work—is often acutely painful. Develop the inclusive leadership skills, foundational insights, points of self-reflection, and action plan to take the first steps to reduce the negative impact of exclusion and unfair treatment in the workplace and beyond. * * ~~~~

What you'll learn

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  • Explore the anti-racism concepts and intersectionality and the role they play in workplaces and society.
  • Understand what Emotional Tax is, its impact on underrepresented racial or ethnic groups, and the importance of fostering an inclusive workplace.
  • Listen to and learn from the cross-cultural research and experiences of global scholars and experts.
  • Identify actions you can take to address racial inequities in your workplace and community

Part 1: Exploring our Identities

Begin reflecting on aspects of your identity, including your racial or ethnic identity, and the lived experiences you bring to work.

Part 2: Introducing the Concepts:

Explore the concepts of anti-racism, intersectionality and why each matters.

Part 3: Understanding Emotional Tax Research and Experiences:

Learn about Emotional Tax and its associated effects on health and well-being. Explore Catalyst’s “Listen-Learn-Link Up-Lead” framework and how practicing inclusive behaviors creates opportunities for people to feel valued and respected.

Part 4: Cross-Cultural Perspectives and Action Planning

Listen to and learn from cross-cultural research and experiences of global scholars. Identify actions you can take to address racial inequities in your workplace. * * ~~~~

Meet your instructors

Terrence Underwood
Senior Director of Learning Products and Programs at Catalyst
Ashley Rivenbark
Senior Associate of Leading for Equity and Inclusion

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