By now, most companies understand the “business case” for diversity. But there is no diversity without inclusion. That’s where we come in. Our interactive workshops help organizations of all sizes identify blind spots, engage in meaningful dialogue, and create a road map toward building the inclusive workplace necessary to recruit and retain a diverse workforce.
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Proctor & Gamble wanted a different kind of diversity training experience to bring to their employees. They brought us in to facilitateThe American Dream Game Experience for a cross-section of 25 employees as a pilot project. As always, the game brought about key lessons on identity and important discussions about the ways individuals from a range of backgrounds experience daily interactions and institutionalized practices. Among the positive feedback received from participants was this review: “Truly liked forcing difficult conversations like this to happen. These are tense topics that a majority of people avoid, and creating a space to foster these conversations is critical if we eventually want to change perceptions and behaviors. I think a strong piece to this game was the real world examples participants could pull out. It made it apparent that it wasn’t one person who felt this way, but a majority of a demographic.”
Target engaged with Point Made Learning as they planned for a large scale Human Resources all-hands retreat. The objective was to give their employees a unique team building experience that would allow them to further develop valuable leadership skills. The Point Made Learning team facilitated the life-size version of The American Dream Game to a group of HR team members for an eye-opening day of honest and productive conversations.
PECO Energy Company was interested in diversity and inclusion training for their employees. We played The American Dream Game for approximately 25 employees, including the CEO, Human Resources department, and key leadership. Participants agreed on how well the game introduced topics they had not previously thought about like this comment: “The interactive nature forces you to pay attention. It’s not just another exercise. It is a great way to understand the issues other races confront, experience and endure.” PECO leaders have since recommended the game be scaled throughout the company and to other office locations, as well.
We can’t simply expect the next generation to solve all our society’s problems if we don’t provide them with the opportunity to learn explicitly about the issues we face and give them the tools for engaging in meaningful dialogue.
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Starting off the 2017 fall semester, several members of Vassar College’s faculty and administration wanted to take the university’s programming on diversity, equity and inclusion to the next level. Vassar already considered itself a progressive institution. But recent race-related issues on campus had highlighted a need for more work on these topics.
Enter I’m Not Racist… Am I?, Point Made Learning’s documentary film and new Look Deeper: Race online course, which Vassar used to engage its entire first-year class as part of the college’s first-year orientation strategy. Coordinating with several Vassar departments, we coached faculty and administration members on how to facilitate discussions of the film for more than 600 students and educators.
While getting the buy-in to bring these programs to Vassar took nearly two years and a lot of effort, administrators felt it was all worth it. Said one of the deans, “After the film, so many students were standing up and offering honest, open revelations about their experience and we were really happy to see that. It’s been two years in the planning. It took so much to bring it to fruition, and it all just went off so well. For the vast majority of students, my sense is that this can be a positive catalyst for change.”
Koritha Mitchell, Associate Professor of English at The Ohio State University, wanted to plan an event on campus that would provide a forum for honest and meaningful lessons and dialogue about race, racism, and white supremacy among faculty, staff, students, and Columbus community members.
Mitchell partnered with various departments on campus and local public schools to bring nearly 800 people together for a screening of our film “I”m Not Racist… Am I?” and then participate in the post-screening discussion led by PML’s Catherine Wigginton Greene and André Robert Lee. And to continue the important discussions started by the film, we then led workshops for campus and community leaders the following day to empower them to productively guide discussions about the film’s subject matter beyond the initial screening.
“The workshops were really powerful,” Dr. Mitchell said. “I heard nothing but positive things about them for months afterwards.”
Denver Public Schools
When our documentary “I’m Not Racist… Am I?” was released in 2014, Denver Public Schools (DPS) was one of the first school districts to bring the film to its entire community. In partnership with the district’s director of equity, we launched our programming with a series of film screenings and facilitated discussions in 8 different high schools. In addition, the district engaged with the city’s police department, the mayor’s office, and school board to host a community-wide screening at the Colorado History Museum.
These events were just the beginning. Students, teachers, and administrators at other schools wanted the film, too, so the following year, we trained 50 DPS facilitators and licensed the film to the district for three months. In that time, they hosted screenings and workshops in most of the district’s schools, and also used it as part of training for central office staff and school counselors. This partnership provided a shared experience to a critical mass of DPS students, families, and employees that led to stronger community connections, a forum for addressing difficult subject matter, and ultimately laid the groundwork for initiatives aimed at systemic change.
The foundation of who we are and what we believe in is rooted in community. We are proud to work with so many communities who are putting at the forefront of their work, the effort to increase conversation around race and equity.
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Beloved Community Cville, a grassroots organization created to provide resources and opportunities to people interested in creating social change, kicked off their programming with a city-wide film viewing and dialogue event of the documentary I’m Not Racist… Am I?
Thanks to an ongoing partnership with a collective of colleges, advocacy groups, school districts, and local government agencies, our film “I’m Not Racist… Am I?” has screened throughout the Greater Rochester area since 2015 as part of the community’s efforts to address systemic racial inequity through relationship-building.