If hiring is widely regarded as the first and most important piece, then education surely comes in second. Your team members need to be equipped with the correct knowledge and understanding of how diversity, accessibility and inclusion might show up in the workplace, especially when dealing with customers or while attempting to build lasting relationships with other organizations within your industry.

There has been a huge uptake in workshops on Diversity and inclusion lately. For some, it serves as a nice refresher and for others it serves as a solid foundation to build upon future learning opportunities. The Halifax Chamber of Commerce will be providing a number of workshops to help your business grow and learn; however, these workshops only offer the tip of the iceberg when it comes to truly understanding the philosophy of equality, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion. Below are some other more creative ways to enhance your understanding of the subject matter.

  1. Events – attending events that pertain to issues only experienced by a certain community is a fantastic way to increase your knowledge and understanding of the reality communities other than your own face daily.
  2. Reading – Reading various DEAI books, publications, and stories. See the list below for suggested readings.
  • Win, Win, Win!: The 18 Inclusion-isms You Need to Become a Disability Confident Employer

    Win, Win, Win! The 18 Inclusion-isms You Need to Become a Disability Confident Employer is more than just an important book for leaders who wish to have a more diverse workplace-it is a new way of ensuring your business is a success!

    Win, win, win means you, your team and your customers can all get what they want (and need). By simply sharing & implementing the key principles laid out in this book you are ensuring your business is on the path to profit.

    Get the book here!

  • Information and Resources to Combat Anti-Black Racism in Nova Scotia

    As an organization whose mission is to bring together nonprofit and voluntary organizations to ensure they can effectively meet the needs of all of Nova Scotia’s communities and citizens and whose core values include "inclusion, equity, & diversity", we cannot ignore the impact that Anti-Black Racism has had - and still has to this day - on communities and individuals in our province.

    Read the toolkit here!

  • The 50 – 30 Challenge: Your Diversity Advantage

    The 50 – 30 Challenge is an initiative between the Government of Canada, business and diversity organizations. Together with project co-creators, many of whom have been striving to increase corporate diversity for decades, the government has developed a plan to improve access for women, racialized persons including Black Canadians, people who identify as LGBTQ2, persons living with disabilities, as well as First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to positions of influence and leadership on corporate boards and in senior management.

    Learn more about the 50-30 Challenge here!

  • Diversity and Inclusion Efforts That Really Work

    In the wake of major social and political changes over the past decades, leading companies are taking steps to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion. Yet progress in most sectors remains tepid. Programs designed to increase diversity and inclusion in the workplace often fail. So that leads to a natural question: What’s actually working?

    Read the Harvard Business Review article here!

  • Moving Beyond the Binary

    This guide is intended for any employer, service provider, business, or other organization in Nova Scotia. The purpose of the guide is to help you understand the needs and experiences of gender diverse populations, what the law says about gender identity and expression, and the importance and value of fostering meaningful and authentic inclusion of two-spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender diverse people across our province.

    Check out the website here.

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