Here are some simple guidelines to help you in know when the resources of a Diversity Coach would be helpful:
Identify the issue: When deciding to approach a Diversity Coach, you will want to ask yourself the following questions in order to determine whether or not working with a Diversity Coach is the best avenue:
Is the issue a diversity issue as defined as: the variety of characteristics that make individuals unique. Examples of the following are, but not limited to: race, age; cognitive style; culture; disability (mental, learning, physical); economic background; education; ethnicity; gender identity; geographic background; language(s) spoken; marital/partnered status; physical appearance; political affiliation; race; religious beliefs; sexual orientation.” (The University of Tennessee Libraries Diversity Committee Spring 2001; Revised January 2003.)
- Is the issue concerning thoughts and feelings that surfaced as a result of the Agency’s Equity and Inclusion Training or Caucusing?
- Is the inquiry related to a problem of practice that hinders inclusive participation /collaboration?
- Does the inquiry impact workforce equity?
- Is the inquiry related to the Agency’s goal of becoming a Multicultural Organization & Eliminating the Opportunity Gap for those who have been historically excluded?
If you are unsure about whether or not the issue is appropriate for a Diversity Coach, please feel free to call a coach to inquire.
Read the Disclosure Statement: The Disclosure Statement provides you with information regarding confidentiality between you and your Diversity Coach. Choose a Diversity Coach: Click here to find a coach. Each coach has received three full days of training and has expressed a deep commitment to supporting their fellow colleagues. Coaches are also required to adhere to the Diversity Coaching Code of Ethics. You will notice that the coaches are located in many of our ESD sites to ensure you have easy access.
Arrange an appointment: Once you contact a coach, arrange a meeting time to further explore the issue at hand. Please note that in order to assist in addressing the issue, multiple meetings with your coach may be necessary. You and your coach can decide on what works best for you.
Complete Online Evaluation: Once the work has been completed with your coach, we ask that you take five minutes to complete the online evaluation tool. Results of the evaluation will only be used to evaluate the effectiveness, quality and usage of the program. Members of the Equity and Inclusion Committee will make no effort to connect you with your comments and assure you that your answers will remain confidential. We value your opinion!