DIVERSITY LIVING AND LEADERSHIP INTERVENTION
“Unconscious perceptions govern many of the most important decisions we make and have a profound effect on the lives of many people in many ways… Unconscious patterns can play out in ways that are so subtle they are hard to spot.” – Howard Ross (Cook Ross Inc)
Considering the South Africa’s context, whereby we have a past regime, Apartheid, that ensured that people were excluded from realising their potential based on race. Our Foundation feels that is of importance to ensure the leaders we are supporting in our other programmes also understand the importance of diversity and inclusion in creating a sustainable society. Currently we run a Diversity Leadership Workshop that engages youth and our AP friends in a two-day workshop that looks at important issues such as youth unemployment and diversity in the workplace.
What has been done
In 2018 we successfully piloted the diversity living and leadership workshop reaching 33 gold grads and facilitator interns from the gold-agency peer education programme. The workshops were attended by more than 20 organisational leaders that including representatives of large influential businesses that networked and engaged with the gold grads.
For the workshop we developed a:
- Diversity Living and Leadership Workshop Curriculum in partnership with the University of Stellenbosch’s Unit for Historical Trauma and Transformation and gold Development Agency. The curriculum focus both on the inner and outer world of diversity.
- A user friendly and updated 2nd Edition of the “South African Progress on Transformation since Democracy”.
“When going for an interview, I now know how I would conduct myself, what to say and what not to say. Personally I’ve also learnt that our brains function a certain way, therefore how we behave is influenced by our conscious biases.” – gold Grad attendee from Cape Town, 2018
“Diversity is more of the change of our background and the difficulties on how they impacted our future and understanding diversity /cultures.” – gold Grad attendee from Johannesburg, 2018
To ensure that each year our programmes are up to date and are beneficial to the beneficiaries we compile programme reports annually. Follow the link for the detailed report.