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Engaging Diversity and Constructing Inclusion

Engaging Diversity and Constructing Inclusion: An Intercultural Development Approach



Traditional diversity and inclusion efforts can be effective for affirmative recruitment and simple prejudice reduction, but they usually do not yield significant improvements in intercultural communication competence. Without such competence, it is difficult for organizations to create the climate of inclusion that is vital for making the most of their increasing diversity. This course demonstrates how using a constructivist developmental approach to diversity and inclusion can couple social equity with intercultural competence, fostering an emotionally healthy environment that in turn optimizes performance and ignites innovation.


Constructing Intercultural Communication: Applying the New Paradigm

Target Audience

Intercultural trainers, coaches/mediators, educators, and managers or administrators who are (or could be) responsible for organizing or facilitating diversity and inclusion efforts.


Andrés T. Tapia
Andrés is Solutions Leader for Korn Ferry's Workforce Performance, Inclusion and Diversity Practice, responsible for providing strategic direction for content creation and practical client solutions. Prior to Korn Ferry, he was president of Diversity Best Practices, a preeminent diversity and inclusion think-tank and consultancy, and before that he was the Chief Diversity Officer and Emerging Workforce Solutions Leader for Hewitt Associates where he was responsible for shaping and leading that organization's internal diversity transformation as well as its diversity consultancy. Andrés authored "The Inclusion Paradox: The Obama Era and the Transformation of Global Diversity," and he currently serves on the editorial board of Diversity Executive Magazine, the corporate advisory board for the Bentley University Center for Women and Business, and Ravinia Music Festival. He grew up in a bi-cultural home in Lima, Peru, lives in Chicago, and works throughout Europe, North America, Asia, and his native Latin America.

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