Valuing Diversity: VDIV
State of Alaska Valuing Diversity Vision Statement
The State of Alaska, as an employer and service provider, recognizes the need to respect and treat equally all people it hires and serves. We also recognize that the state is in a position to teach by example and offer leadership in sensitivity to diversity. Our concept of diversity is broad, extending beyond those categories of peoples formally recognized and protected by law. Valuing the diversity of a workforce representative of all Alaskans enriches the quality of our service to the people of Alaska.
This Valuing Diversity course is designed to teach basic diversity concepts and language. You will have the knowledge necessary to understand diversity issues and to recognize, accept and value diversity in the workplace.
Important Note: All employees must attend this course; supervisors must attend within one year of appointment.
Course Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this one-day course participants will:
- have knowledge of the broad concept of diversity and how valuing diversity contributes to effective relationships and a productive workplace.
- have knowledge of your rights and responsibilities under Equal Employment Opportunity law.
- have knowledge of how stereotypic thinking and collusion negatively impact the work environment.
- have knowledge of how your attitudes, perceptions, and assumptions influence the behavior you choose at work and how your behavioral choices influence the work environment.
- understand the importance of personal responsibility in promoting respect in the workplace.
- have knowledge of how to use the four steps in the M.E.E.T.® model to help promote a "mutual respect" work environment.