Examining the goals, actions, programs, services, and practices of your organization with an eye toward the future, requires an ability to recognize and explore embedded racialized meaning and impact. Fit Oshkosh is committed to engaging you and your staff in addressing these challenged, and we are confident that our consulting services and/or delivery of our highly interactive workshops will open the door for new understanding, growth, and productivity.
Participants learn basic racial literacy concepts, develop an ability to recognize and analyze the impact of racism, and practice addressing racialized events in their environments. As the participants begin to synthesize what they learned into their daily activities, the behavioral norms in the organziation will begin to shift. Leadership engagement in the training is essential; Leaders and early adopters model clear expectations for staff and maintain the momentum in what will become a process of lifelong learning.
Help participants to disentangle internal beliefs, attitudes and pre-judgments
Build greater understanding of the causes and consequences of systemic inequity
Build skills to address bias and the structural drivers of social and economic inequities at both the individual and organizational level
Enhance workplace collaboration, morale and productivity
INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOPS 2-hour training sessions
HALF-DAY RACIAL LITERACY WORKSHOPS Our-half day workshop is an introduction to Racial literacy. Attendees will participate in exercises designed to help explore implicit bias; understand varying definitions of race and learn how they are used in society; understand the life conditions experienced because of race as they exist in the community and the state; practice discussing race and participate in real-life scenarios designed to increase understanding of the intent and impact of multi-cultural engagements. FULL DAY WORKSHOPS This model builds on the understanding gained in the half-day workshops, including the radicalized meanings in social scenarios.
Attendees will identify examples of the way race, ethnicity, culture, gender, class, nationality, language, education, etc., intersects with systems of oppression. The session will show how to analyze the impact of organizational practices on constituent groups by race and perform an organization-specific assessment and action steps.
CONSULTING SERVICES Our consulting services help organizations to identify multi-cultural opportunities and to develop a strategy for successful implementation.
FEES For a complete list of fees for these services, contact Fit Oshkosh at 920-267-8687.
INTERCULTURAL DEVELOPMENT INVENTORY (IDI) The Intercultural Development Inventory™ is a valid and reliable assessment of an individual or group’s ability to exercise intercultural competence. The IDI is based on Milton Bennett’s Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS) and research conducted by Mitchell Hammer. The inventory has been used successfully since 1998 in corporate, academic, and other settings to focus individual coaching and action-planning, to guide real and virtual multicultural team development, to generate needs analyses for targeted developmental training, and to conduct program evaluation and other research. Fit Oshkosh, Inc. provides small and large group training sessions to employee groups to support implementation of developmental action plans derived from participation in the Intercultural Development Inventory assessment and initial consultation. Individual Profiles and Developmental Plans for the IDI are available for the purpose of increasing self-awareness and understanding one’s own developmental stage of intercultural sensitivity, to prepare oneself for more effective interaction in a culturally diverse setting, and to identify ways to enhance one’s multicultural or intercultural skills. Individual administration and follow up interpretation of the IDI are conducted in a “face-to-face” context across at least two to three sessions.
The initial session may be done within a group setting (45 minutes to one hour). The meeting allows administrators to inform participants of the confidentiality of their individual responses, inform them of the developmental goal setting nature of the assessment rather than an evaluation of the person, conduct brief questioning of members regarding what hopes challenges, and fears they may foster regarding their multicultural or intercultural development and to administer the IDI.
The interpretation follow-up session(s) consists of a presentation of general intercultural communication workshop information (2-4 hours in length) to the group that presents concepts from the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity. After the group presentation, the individual IDI profile is explained individually within the context of the DMIS to each person taking the IDI, with emphasis on exploring and developing goal setting and action planning for the individual (30 minutes to one hour).
Follow-up training on more specific, targeted areas can then be across time by the individual or within a staff development to address areas of need identified by the IDI assessments. Different time requirements for administration and interpretation of the IDI can be negotiated on a case-by-case basis depending on the needs of the department.
CONTACT US Interested in hosting a training, engaging in organizational assessment, or just curious and want to learn more? Please contact Tracey Robertson, ED at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 920-267-8687.
What Our Trainees Say About Us
Since 2014, Fit has trained more than 2,000 people who have participated in Color-Brave Community Conversations, Book Reads, Game Nights and Webinars.
In addition, Fit has offered customized trainings to various nonprofit organizations, governmental entities, businesses, faith communities, and educational institutions, to rave reviews.
Here is some of the feedback that we have received:
“Tracey’s presentation has generated some great conversations amongst our employees. It challenged all of us to think about the intent versus impact of our communications with customers and co-workers. One of the best training classes we’ve brought in-house in years.” ~Melody Lewis, City of Appleton
“Finally! A discussion about race that was helpful, practical, non-accusatory, and honest! Thank you!”
“Tracey’s presentation was my absolute favorite today. She was passionate, engaging and informative.”
“Energetic and thought-provoking. Great training topic.”
“Loved the energy and the topic is crucial to keep building on.”
“New perspective. Made us think.”
“Positive engagement on race literacy.”
“Enlightening; makes a difficult topic welcoming.”
“Very thought-provoking presentation.”
Some of Our Clients
All Saints Lutheran Church, Oshkosh, WI
Assisi Homes, Neenah, WI
City of Appleton, Appleton, WI
Esther of the Fox Valley, Fox Valley Region, WI
First Congregational Church, Oshkosh
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Appleton
Humana Greenbay, DePere, WI
Lakeside Packaging Plus, Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI
Oshkosh Area School District, Oshkosh, WI
St. Bernard's Parish, Oshkosh, WI
St. John's Church, Oshkosh
St. Jude the Apostle Parish, Oshkosh
St. Norbert College, DePere, WI
St. Raphael's the Archangel Catholic Church, Oshkosh
Trinity School, Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
West High School, Oshkosh
Winnebago County Housing Authority, Oshkosh
Winnebago County Human Services Department, Oshkosh
Wisconsin Literacy Council, Oshkosh
Wisconsin Resource Center, Winnebago County
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