Engaging Religious Diversity in the Workplace: Building Your Interfaith Strategy and Skillset

When: November 8, 2021
Where: Online/Virtual Conference
Cost: $95
Level: Intermediate
Track: Critical Employment Practices
Presenters: Eboo Patel, Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC)  |  Farah Siddiqui, Google  |  Megan Hughes Johnson, Interfaith Youth Core

This event is part of The Forum’s new Professional Development Labs learning series. More information below. This course is SHRM and HRCI certified and counts as four (4) Continuing Education Units (CEU).

Americans encounter more religious diversity at work than in any other sphere of life, yet religion is too often left out of the diversity conversation. Many of us are uncomfortable talking about religion at work because we are afraid of offending our colleagues or wading into uncertain legal territory, but engaging religious diversity can lead to stronger team culture and better relationships with clients and consumers. Join Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) for a Professional Development Lab that will give you the chance to explore issues of religious identity and diversity at work, develop your interfaith skillset, and create an action plan for how you will engage religious and secular identity in your workplace.

Learning Outcomes
  • Learn why engaging religious diversity matters in the workplace
  • Identify concrete skills to engage religious diversity and enhance workplace culture
  • Create a customized action plan for how to engage religious diversity productively in your workplace


Action Planning Breakouts

Unique to the PDL learning experience, each PDL includes Action Planning Breakout Sessions. The Action Planning Breakout Sessions give individuals a chance to participate in small group work that results in having their own goal-oriented action plan to take what they learned at the PDL and apply it in their workplace or organization. This PDL has three concurrent and different breakout sessions, which are listed below. Participants can choose a breakout session that best applies to their circumstance.

1. Simple First Steps to Engaging Religious Diversity in Your Workplace
This workshop is for those who are just beginning to consider how to constructively engage religious diversity at work. We’ll do asset mapping and action planning to create a plan for next steps to take in your workplace.

2. What Happens When Conflict Arises?: Addressing Challenging Religious Diversity Scenarios at Work
Engaging religious diversity isn’t always easy. We’ll workshop challenging scenarios related to religious identity in the workplace, role play responding to tensions in the moment, and brainstorm ways to proactively avoid conflict.

3. Formalizing Interfaith Engagement: Creating an Interfaith Employee Resource Group in Your Workplace (*Suggested for participants who already have basic religious accommodations and religious diversity engagement in place at work.)
Launching an Interfaith Employee Resource Group can be one of the best ways to proactively engage religious identity and diversity in the workplace. We’ll explore best practices from Interfaith ERGs, and participants will identify concrete next steps for creating an ERG in their workplace.

About The Forum’s Professional Development Labs

Professional Development Labs (PDLs) are half-day interactive learning experiences intended to develop professional competencies that support leaders in reaching the next level in their DEI leadership. Unlike traditional workshop sessions, PDLs will be goal oriented and include personal and professional action and accountability planning for next level leadership. PDLs will be offered synchronously in varying formats (in-person, hybrid or virtual) based on CDC convening recommendations.

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