NEWS: Talawa Theatre Expands Unconscious Bias, Diversity and Anti-Racism Training

The theatre company has announced that it will be expanding its bespoke Unconscious Bias and Diversity training offer for the arts industry and beyond.

The UK’s primary Black theatre company created the Unconscious Bias, Diversity and Anti-Racism training to uses theatre techniques to support corporate and charitable organisations to confront discriminatory practices within workplaces, challenge automatic patterns of thinking and dismantle learned stereotypes in the long term.

The programme is typically delivered across three sessions, providing the tools and resources to change behaviour. The three stages incorporate practical activities and experiential learning while safeguarding participant wellbeing. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions and to ensure participants and staff safety, the training is delivered virtually; in- person sessions will resume once social distancing is eased.

Each session runs for up to two and a half hours to allow space for conversations to develop fully, with a maximum of 15 participants. The training empowers every participant to take ownership of their personal change as well as the organisation’s.

Talking about the news, Community Engagement Producer, Roxan Kamali-Sarvestani said: “Our Unconscious Bias, Diversity and Anti-Racism training has been developed and is delivered by a Black, Asian and Ethnically diverse team. This means that it has an impact that goes well beyond
what others are able to offer. Authentic and sensitively guided conversations, rooted in lived experiences, enable participants to be brave about their development, to not shy away from their biases.
Lived experiences and a practical, hands-on approach are at the core of our training, and this makes everyone in the organisation own the brief to step out of unconscious bias and into a more informed way of working.
We want to continue to support Black artists and our arts industry. Sharing our Unconscious Bias, Diversity and Anti-Racism training is one way of doing this.”

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