Diversity Matters

DIVERSITY MATTERS NOW

Arthur Romano
Cherine Badawi



Our approach:

Diversity Matters Now! is driven by a core understanding: valuing and leveraging diversity is an organizational imperative which directly and positively impacts morale, retention, productivity and organizational culture.

Typically, our trainings are offered in two formats:

  • A fast track training that is a half daylong
  • A deep track training that is a full daylong

We also offer 60 and 90 minute keynote sessions that can be infused into a larger professional development program to support team building and address diversity, intercultural communication and interpersonal skill building.

Why Diversity Matters Now?

We understand that businesses with culturally and socially diverse staffs or clientele may have encountered misunderstandings, conflicts, or even lawsuits based on issues of difference. Such challenges impede collaboration, collegiality and productivity among employees. Our trainings enable businesses and organizations to:

  • Cultivate interpersonal skills
  • Leverage workforce diversity
  • Navigate conflict & differences
  • Develop visioning & planning skills
  • Create an inclusive workspace
  • Enhance intercultural understanding
  • Dissipate tension & conflict
  • Understand & leverage emotional intelligence

We explore the complex realities of our increasingly diverse professional communities in a manner that is accessible and exciting so that your company can move beyond standard platitudes about respecting difference into a shared understanding of what’s possible.

In addition to offering specific skills and themes that are geared toward your company’s needs, our trainings serve as excellent team building sessions that yield a more inclusive workspace and sense of community and purpose, inviting deeper participation and buy-in of all employees.

The shared understanding and tangible skills our trainings provide will contribute to the productivity and collaborative power of your company for years to come.

Outcomes:

Through deepening understanding and appreciation of individual and personal differences, participants will explore how diversity affects the team, and learn to cultivate a more inclusive, cohesive community.

Participants will:

  • Develop meaningful ways of understanding, listening to and responding to diversity concerns
  • Learn how to be proactive rather than reactive in their communications
  • Cultivate new understandings of diversity issues in a way that goes beyond simply emphasizing differences
  • Engage in real dialogue around diversity, thereby reducing superficial confrontations and promoting a more comfortable work environment
  • Discover how diversity issues impact themselves and others
  • Understand diversity as an asset rather than a detriment
  • Empathize with and feel more connected to one another

What we will cover:

  • Dynamics of power, prejudice and privilege across race, gender, sexual orientation, ability and age
  • Obstacles that get in the way of us seeing each other and working together effectively as a synergetic team
  • Fun and experiential simulations and activities that explore diversity, inclusion and interconnectivity

This training is intended for:

  • Organizations striving to navigate conflicts and tensions in the workplace that may stem from misunderstandings around diversity
  • Organizations seeking to cultivate stronger collegial bonds and understanding
  • Organizations with a diverse client base seeking support in effectively working with different populations

Participants may include:

  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Administrators
  • Employees
  • Human Resource Specialists
  • Auxiliary Staff

Facilitators’ Bios

Cherine Badawi has devoted her life to developing and facilitating experiential trainings that bring diverse individuals together in authentic, purposeful exchange. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her Master’s degree in Public Administration and Peace and Conflict Studies from the premier graduate school of diplomacy in Tokyo, Japan. Cherine’s past professional experience includes serving as a senior trainer for Challenge Day, an innovative inclusion program recently featured on MTV and the Oprah Winfrey show, as well as supporting a multitude of non profit, corporate and transnational non governmental agencies including UNESCO,  Bayer Healthcare, American Medical Response, Rotary International, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, A Safe Place, the American Friends Service Committee, The Mosaic Project, The Scholar Ship, and the International Labor Organization.

Arthur Romano is a diversity training specialist and certified nonviolence trainer with more than a decade of experience working with businesses and international organizations including Rotary International, the United Nations, and the Medrex Corporation and the city of Newark. Arthur regularly designs and facilitates programs that support organizations in implementing innovative approaches to conflict resolution, leadership development and multi stakeholder engagement. His expertise in conflict resolution has brought him to some of the most challenging work environments in the world including the conflict-torn Niger Delta where Arthur was brought in to train ex-combatants.  Arthur received his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is completing his Ph.D in Conflict Resolution from Bradford University in the UK. Currently, in tandem with his work as a Diversity Matters Now facilitator, Arthur is a Professor at George Mason University.

Cherine and Arthur were both awarded the prestigious Rotary World Peace Fellowship which provided them with the opportunity to do extensive intercultural research overseas.  In 2007, they worked with participants from more than twenty nations to develop what eventually became the innovative curriculum of Diversity Matters Now.

“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”
… George Bernard Shaw …