Diversity Training


 

Join us in our mission to create a more diverse and inclusive tech culture by bringing an Ada diversity trainer to your company. Choose from our existing workshops, or collaborate with us to develop the content that’s perfect for your team.

Workshops We Offer

Implicit Bias

In this 2 hour workshop, we explore implicit/unconscious bias from the dual perspectives of science and culture. Participants will think about where bias comes from, how it may affect their own lives and identities, and how it contributes to larger systems of oppression.

Participants will also be introduced to concrete tools for becoming aware of bias, mitigating its impact, and, reducing its presence in both ourselves and in our communities. This workshop relies on the most up-to-date, evidence-based strategies for bias education.

Ally Skills

This 3 hour workshop teaches simple, everyday ways to use privilege and influence to support people who are targets of systemic oppression in their workplaces and communities. Participants will build skills around supporting women of all races, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ folks, parents, caregivers of all sorts, immigrants, people of different religions, and people of different ages.

We center the bulk of the workshop on looking at real-life scenarios and discussing, in small groups, practical strategies for intervention in small groups. Each small group discussion is followed by a full group report-out and a facilitated conversation. We will cover 4-6 scenarios, some of which reflect actual experience of Ada interns in their workplaces.


Thank you to Valerie Aurora with Frame Shift Consulting for our training in allyship facilitation.

Workshop Guidelines

  1. We ask that all attend voluntarily. Our own experience, and evidence from recent research, shows that diversity trainings are not always effective for people who aren't ready to be there. We don't expect any familiarity with the topics, just that everyone attends of their own volition and is ready to listen with open ears to material that could be challenging.
  2. All attendees must be on site. Remote attendees have a hard time participating in conversation, and having a camera reduces the feeling of confidentiality and safety in the room.
  3. We can take up to 50 attendees per workshop. For Ally Skills, most of the time is spent in break-out groups, so the space should accommodate groups sitting some distance from one another to discuss.
  4. As facilitators, we appreciate any context or background on the team or individuals that will help us make the discussion as productive, relevant, and engaging as possible. Before the workshops, we’ll discuss your specific goals and any company history around diversity issues that we should be aware of.

The ally training was incredibly useful.

Great activity based examples. Good overview of the various types of bias and recommended ways to minimize/avoid them.

It took a very positive tone. Very focused on helping people improve with empathy.

We discussed topics rarely discussed at workplaces in a stable setting. We were forced to think about issues we usually don’t take into consideration.