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Trainer’s Tip: Diversity in the Training Room


A double tip this week from Eddie Newall and Derek Hughes offering guidance on how to show and ensure diversity in the training room.

Derek Hughes responds: This happens in three parts: before the session, at beginning of the session and during it.

Before session: make sure you get information about any access needs people may have (eg. mobility, visual/hearing impairments) and what adjustments they would like you to make.

Beginning of session: agree ground rules/acceptable behaviour and encourage people to let you know if there is anything you can do to make workshop fully accessible.

During session: monitor & maintain this taking the initiative to challenge behaviour or respond to learner's needs.

You may also want to monitor who attends training sessions (age/gender/disability/race) and see how this matches the workforce.

Eddie Newall responds: I don’t know of any resources specifically from a training perspective but a there are a lot of resources for exclusion and inclusion in teaching adults in higher education, which probably overlaps with employee training and development.

For example, see the Diversity Toolkit at

From there, click on Resources for Multicultural Teaching and Learning which takes you to From there you can access individual sites that address inclusion and exclusion in teaching, e.g.,

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