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Is your digital data resource, collection, field station, or laboratory financially sustainable? Do you feel confident in your ability to manage finances, plan for the future, analyze your stakeholders, communicate effectively, and diversify your funding sources? Do you know how to make diversity, equity and inclusion part of every meeting you run? If not, our courses can help.

Spring 2022 Webinar: From Gatekeeping to Groundskeeping: Inclusive Facilitation for Diverse Groups

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From Gatekeeping to Groundskeeping: Inclusive Facilitation for Diverse Groups
Do you run meetings? If you’re in charge of anything from small group gatherings like lab meetings and journal clubs to larger, more formal settings like department meetings or faculty senates, this workshop will help you make and keep your meetings inclusive of all participants. We’ll look at how to move from being the meeting gatekeeper who keeps things on topic and on time to being the groundskeeper, making sure that the meeting environment allows the full participation of everyone in a diverse group. We’ll look at how social power, implicit norms, and unspoken agreements get in the way of inclusion, and what meeting chairs and facilitators can do to open meetings up to full and inclusive participation.

We will:

  • Explore the different kinds of power dynamics in groups
  • Learn how to move from facilitation as gatekeeping to facilitation as “groundskeeping” – considering both individual behaviors and organizational norms, mores, and expectations
  • Explore the importance of making implicit behavioral norms explicit and open to change
  • Learn how to make meetings collaborative and inclusive, even in the context of hierarchical organizational cultures

When: Apr 20, 2022 01:00 PM – 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

This three hour webinar is highly interactive with several breakout sessions.

Register in advance for this interactive webinar workshop:

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Here’s what some of our alumni have to say:

“I learned financial management and business model preparation more clearly than I thought I ever would! Every bit of the course was perfectly conducted… concise, excellent material, presented in interesting ways with interactive pieces, and designed to allow us to network with each other.”

“My main objective in taking the course was to get help in developing business and strategic plans. I got much more than that in learning to approach corporations, private foundations, and individual donors.”

“I can now go back to my Director of Finance and Financial Analyst with a greater ability to understand their language and methods. I have strong confidence that I can work with them to realign expenditures in a strategic way that will increase efficiency and identify needs.”


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