Ask These 3 Questions Before Hiring a DEI Trainer

When it comes to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) training for your organization, not all programs are created equal. It’s important to ensure that your organization’s approach to DEI training is effective, sustainable, and grounded in evidence-based practices. 

Before hiring a DEI trainer, consider these three questions:

1. What is the purpose of this training?
It’s essential to have a clear idea of what you want to achieve with the DEI training. Is your organization looking to meet a legal requirement, or do you genuinely want to create a more inclusive and equitable workplace? Remember that DEI training should not be just a check-the-box” exercise. Instead, consider what specific insights and skills you want your team to acquire. Think about how you will measure the success of the training program. By setting clear goals, you can tailor your DEI training to meet your organization’s unique needs.

2. What is the desired outcome?
Consider the impact you want the DEI training to have on your team. Do you want your employees to feel more empowered and valued? Do you hope to foster a greater sense of belonging within your organization? Are you looking to educate your team on specific topics or skills related to DEI? It’s crucial to ensure that the trainer and materials align with your desired outcomes. Additionally, weigh the potential risks of the training. While DEI training can be transformative, it can also create tension if not executed well. Make sure that the training will promote positive change and not unintentionally cause division within your team.

3. What are the qualifications of the service provider?
DEI training requires specialized knowledge and experience. Unfortunately, some well-meaning providers lack the academic rigor and practical experience to deliver effective training. Look for trainers with a strong background in the field, relevant education, and a track record of successful DEI training. It’s important to choose a service provider who can deliver science-based DEI training, that’s informed by current research and best practices. By working with a qualified trainer, you can create an educational experience that drives genuine inclusion and avoids pitfalls.

As you explore DEI training options, consider the MESH Inclusive Leadership Program. We’re committed to helping organizations create more inclusive and equitable workplaces through science-based DEI training.

Remember that DEI training is not a one-time event but an ongoing process. By asking these questions before hiring a DEI trainer, you can set your organization up for success and foster a more inclusive and equitable work environment for everyone.