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Issue: May 4, 2021
WHAT YOU'LL FIND IN THIS NEWSLETTER
Bridge Over
Troubled Waters  
Intercultural
Assessment Tool
Upcoming
Launch Events
Pakistan D&I
Certification
The Hangover
of Choices 
Black Fatigue Book
Wins Award
Globally Conscious
Peacemakers GDEIB Session 
  Call for Papers on
Disability Inclusion 
Neuroscience of
Unconscious Bias
Whole System
Change for DEI 
OD Network
Annual Conference
d&i Leaders
Conference
Featured
Expert Panellists
Signing New
User Agreement
Thank You to
Our Sponsors
EDITORIAL
GDEIB Expert Panellist,
Pamela McElvane
 Bridge Over Troubled Waters 
Accountability Without
Consequence is Meaningless… 
Our Black & Brown Youth Will Not Grow Old 
GDEIB Expert Panellist, Pamela McElvane (https://centreforglobalinclusion.org/The-Centre/048-2021-pamela-mcelvane-mba-ma/)the CEO of DiversityMBA issued the following statement today in response to the Derek Chauvin verdict in the USA: 

When my grandmother hummed the old gospel tune ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters,’ she was thanking the higher power for getting her though just one more incomprehensible experience that could have caused devastation. I celebrate the verdict of the trial in George Floyd’s murder, but I still feel heightened fear and frustration about the safety of our young men and women. 
UPCOMING GDEIB LAUNCH EVENTS 
 
Please go to our website here: https://centreforglobalinclusion.org/events/ to see the latest information on the many Launch Events on the new GDEIB presented by Expert Panellists, Users, Sponsors, and others associated with The Centre. Note that some launch events are planned in English, Portuguese or Spanish. Please check back frequently.
"WE'VE LEARNED WHAT WORKS"
-GDEIB BEST PRACTICES-
INNOVATIVE INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCE ASSESSMENT TOOL ENHANCES INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP IN THE TIME OF COVID
The Windesheim – Seneca Virtual Intercultural Project (VIP)  
Ashley Laracy, GDEIB user, shares how Seneca College in Ontario, Canada created a virtual international partnership with Windesheim University in Zwolle, The Netherlands using an innovative tool for intercultural competence assessment and development.    
With the onset of global travel bans due to the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, the International Mobility Office (IMO) of the Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto, Canada had to shift focus from sending students abroad to building online collaborations with partners worldwide. But how would this shift impact students’ opportunities to develop their intercultural competences?  
 
As Seneca graduates enter the global workforce, their ability to demonstrate flexibility, adaptability, and communicate with tact and cultural sensitivity is integral to their success in the field of human resource management (HRM). To support students’ development of these competences, the goal of Seneca’s IMO had been – and will again be – to help students live and study (or work) abroad, as spending time abroad provides such a unique possibility to broaden one’s perspective and build relationships with people from other cultures and countries. But as of March 2020, this road to intercultural development was no longer open.  
 
When in June 2020, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, a Dutch institution based in Zwolle, The Netherlands, invited its international partners to engage in an intercultural virtual project for HRM students and faculty, the IMO and Seneca Business jumped on board! 
 
Intercultural learning involves the facilitated sharing of information across different cultural and social groups while discussing differences, breaking down biases, and reflecting upon self-awareness to better understand how people from a variety of cultures behave, communicate, and perceive the world around them. Supported by faculty members in the Netherlands and Canada, the goal of the project was to have students from both institutions assess their intercultural competences and then have them engage in meaningful intercultural discussions based on HRM case studies.  
FROM & ABOUT EXPERT PANELLISTS & ALLIANCES
NEW: DIVERSITY HUB PAKISTAN LAUNCHES DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION CERTIFIED PRACTITIONER (DICP) PROGRAM – FOR THOSE IN PAKISTAN
GDEIB Expert Panellist,
Zahid Mubarik
Under the direction of EP Zahid Mubarik (https://centreforglobalinclusion.org/The-Centre/055-2021-zahid-mubarik-3/), a member of The Centre’s Board of Directors, Diversity Hub-HR Metrics Pakistan actively promotes GDEIB to help organizations determine strategy and measure progress in managing diversity and fostering inclusion. 
  
Diversity Hub has planned a comprehensive program for learning and exchange of GDEIB experiences. It is called “Diversity & Inclusion Certified Practitioner” (DICP). It is meant for anyone practicing, researching or teaching D&I.  
 

Program Features 
• Virtual program containing 15 sessions to cover all categories of GDEIB. 
Program is 3-weeks in duration, starting May 24th and finishing on June 11th 2021, and will include 90-minute sessions daily Monday to Thursday. 
A special feature of this program is that all participants will be trained how to conduct an organizational assessment by using GDEIB “Intuitive” and “Scoring” Method. Participants are expected to carry out voluntary assessments of their organization and present their findings to the group for mutual learning.  
 
For more information and program details please go to this link: https://thehrmetrics.com/GDIB-professional-certification/ 
GDEIB Expert Panellist,
Mary-Frances Winters
MARY-FRANCES WINTERS’ NEW BOOK ‘BLACK FATIGUE’ NAMED ONE OF 12 ESSENTIAL BOOKS ABOUT BLACK IDENTITY AND HISTORY 
 
Mary-Frances Winters (https://centreforglobalinclusion.org/The-Centre/103-2021-dr-mary-frances-winters/), a GDEIB Expert Panellist and Sponsor, was honored with her book being listed on the literary website, Book Riot’s list of the most essential books about black identity and history.   
 
Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit is a highly acclaimed book that covers the exhaustion that most Black people feel about talking about race to non-Black people. Winters also highlights how every aspect of life Black people navigate has not gotten better. Winters hopes to inspire aspiring allies with better insight into the Black experience. 
 
GDEIB Expert Panellist,
Lynda White
GDEIB Expert Panellist,
Jeremy Solomons
GLOBALLY CONSCIOUS PEACEMAKERS UPCOMING SESSION TO FEATURE GDEIB 
 
GDIB/GDEIB users and Expert Panellists are cordially invited to join one the recently “Globally Conscious Peacemakers” (GCP). 
 
GDEIB Expert Panellist, Lynda White (https://centreforglobalinclusion.org/The-Centre/099-2021-lynda-white/), will be the featured speaker on the July 8th GCP session and will discuss the newly launched GDEIB.   
 
These 90-minute GCP sessions are split into two parts, the first comprising an interactive presentation and the second comprising self-facilitated small group conversations. Then there will be an additional 30 minutes of informal debriefing/conversation for those who can stay a bit longer. 
 
For those of you who have not participated in a GCP session before, the Inclusion Allies Coalition originally launched the GCP in April 2020 as a forum to discuss “Survival Strategies for DEI Practitioners.” These events are co-designed and led by GDEIB 2021 EP Jeremy Solomons (https://centreforglobalinclusion.org/The-Centre/080-2021-jeremy-solomons/) in Rwanda and Nadine Binder in Germany. 
 
Since then, Jeremy and Nadine have helped GCP grow into an active, informal community of more than 250 conscious professionals and global peacemakers of all ages and backgrounds from 35 countries around the world. During each monthly session, community members have been sharing and learning practical ways to support, calm and nurture themselves and prevent violence and promote peace with those around them at a very challenging time for global health and security. 
 
For more details, please check out: https://www.nadinebinder.com/gcp
CALL FOR PAPERS: 
Disability Inclusion in the Workplace – 
From “Accommodation” to Inclusion Design 

Consulting Psychology Journal is seeking papers for a special upcoming edition: Disability Inclusion in the Workplace - From “Accommodation” to Inclusive Organizational Design. 

People with disabilities are the largest minority group (by some reports, up to 20-30% of the population), with almost 50 million individuals in the United States (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/odep/publications/fact-sheets/diverse-perspectives-people-with-disabilities-fulfilling-your-business-goals). Outside the US (https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/3888793/6802087/KS-TC-14-007-EN-N.pdf/5c364add-6670-4ac9-87c7-9b8838473a7b)in 2011, 44 million people in the EU-28 had basic activity difficulties and 35 million people had a disability in employment; in 2012, 42 million people in the EU-27 were categorized as disabled. 

This special issue seeks to highlight research, theory, and practical suggestions and interventions for improving employment opportunities and quality of work life for people with disabilities while expanding the organizational talent pool across industries and contexts. 

Submission deadline: July 1, 2021 
For more information or to submit a paper, please see this webage: https://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/cpb/call-for-papers-disability-inclusion-workplace 
THE NEUROSCIENCE OF UNCONSCIOUS BIAS:
MAKING MINDFUL CHOICES
By GDEIB Expert Panellist, Kenneth Nowack, Ph.D. and Paul J. Zak, Ph.D. 
GDEIB Expert Panellist,
Ken Nowack (https://centreforglobalinclusion.org/The-Centre/061-2021-kenneth-nowack-phd/) and Paul Zak’s recent article in Talent Quarterly discusses the neuroscience of bias, how it affects our decision making, and how to work to mitigate our biases.  
 
A fascinating approach presented in the article is the Bias Iceberg Model.  

The article also discusses a number of types of biases and presents a number of neuroscience based tips for busting biases.  
 
Bias-busting tip #1: Become more aware of how fear impacts you. 
Bias-busting tip #2: Practice empathy-based mindfulness meditation. 
Bias-busting tip #3: Practice empathy-based perspective-taking. 
Bias-busting tip #4: Encourage healthy lifestyle practices in employees. 
Bias-busting tip #5: Create, reinforce, and support a culture of appreciation. 
Bias-busting tip #6: Create team and organizational empathy-oriented norms. 
 
To read the full article, click here: 
EP DEEPA AGARWAL PUBLISHES A THOUGHT-PROVOKING NOVEL—THE HANGOVER OF CHOICES
GDEIB Expert Panellist,
Deepa Agarwal
Expert Panellist, Deepa Agarwal (https://centreforglobalinclusion.org/The-Centre/001-2021-deepa-agarwal/), Chief Inclusion Officer, Re-Link Consulting, Mumbai, India, has published a work of fiction in the psychology and mental health genres.  
 
Here’s a synopsis for this ebook. See below for the link to purchase it:  Nidhi Verma, finds herself having an extraordinary experience, whilst she is on her death bed under unexpected circumstances. As the doctors work furiously to identify the underlying causes that led to her sudden collapse, her mind starts to take a walk down memory lane, to find its own reasons. With each increasing dosage of medication, she slips deeper and deeper into the storehouse of her memories, many of which she had kept carefully buried. She desperately tries to shut them out, but one unwanted scene continues to play after another. She is forced to now watch the movie of her entire life, only this time, as a viewer and not the actor. 
 
Each vision raises uncomfortable questions and reveals aspects of her personality that she had denied. Forced to now confront issues related to her forgotten sexuality, jealousy and the complicated relationships with her best friend, Ziya and husband, Kumar, Nidhi begins to see herself in a new light. As illusions start to fade, she is keen to live a more authentic life and become a better version of herself, while equally embracing her flaws and vulnerabilities, knowing none of these define her. 
 
The question remains: Will she make it alive to life differently? 
 
The Hangover of Choices is an engaging story, which will surely make the readers ask- If I was on my deathbed, what would I see?  
 
Available in Google Playbooks:  
 
2021 OD NETWORK
VIRTUAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE: JUNE 1 – 4
Registration is Open for Our 2021 Virtual Annual Conference 

June 1: Virtual Social Impact Day
June 2-4: Virtual Conference
Join us for our first virtual conference! 

We are excited to announce registration is now open for our 2021 Virtual Annual Conference. We're looking forward to four days of learning and connecting.

 
Practical Learning  
You'll gain practical strategies, tools and creative ideas to help you grow and transform impact in your practice. 
 
Colleague Connections  
Conference is where collaborations begin — and never end! You'll connect with a dazzling combination of attendees including brilliant organization development independent consultants, internal practitioners and educators all equally eager to share their wisdom. 
 
Strategic Partnerships  
Establish new strategic relationships by engaging with technology and OD partners in our virtual exhibit hall! 
 
Let's create new possibilities and 
advance the science, practice, and impact of OD. 
Register today! 
 
GDEIB co-author,
Julie O'Mara
GDEIB Expert Panellist,
Tanya Cruz-Teller
WHOLE SYSTEM CHANGE FOR DEI
WORKPLACES SESSION AT ATD CONFERENCE  
  
GDEIB co-author Julie O’Mara (https://centreforglobalinclusion.org/The-Centre/062-2021-julie-omara/), Dave Jamieson, and EP Tanya Cruz Teller (https://centreforglobalinclusion.org/The-Centre/087-2021-tanya-cruz-teller/) will be featured speakers at ATD 2021, speaking on Whole System Change for Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Workplaces. This session includes a discussion on the GDEIB. 
 
The Association for Talent Development (formerly ASTD) presents its 2021 conference theme: ATD 2021: It Starts with Us. Currently it is a face-to-face conference in Salt Lake City, with safety precautions for Covid. 
 
For nearly 80 years, the Association for Talent Development (formerly ASTD) has hosted conferences to educate and inspire professionals in the talent development field. 
 
Click Here to learn more: https://atdconference.td.org/
GDEIB EXPERT PANELLISTS AND USERS
TO BE FEATURED AT d&i LEADERS FORUM IN JUNE
Coming up June 8 & 9, 2021! 

d&i Leaders is offering a 5% discount to our Newsletter readers. 
Use promotional code gdib5 when you book online. 
 
Each year 600+ senior diversity, inclusion, HR and talent professionals attend this global forum over two days, to hear from expert speakers, network, and exchange ideas. 
 
We are pleased to highlight the following GDEIB EPs and users who will be featured speakers.  

Featured speakers:  
Special Discount!   
For more information or to register, please visit this site: https://dileaders.com/globalforum/ 

FROM & ABOUT THE CENTRE & THE GDEIB
ASKING GDIB USERS TO CHANGE TO THE 2021 GDEIB 
AND SIGN THE 2021 GDEIB USER AGREEMENT 
 
Now that we have published the 2021 GDEIB, we are asking all users to “retire” the GDIB and change to this latest edition. We are also asking that the appropriate person in your organization sign the new User Agreement, even if you have been a user for years and have signed a previous agreement. Jeanne Spahr, The Centre Operations Manager, will send each user who has not already signed the new User Agreement a request to please do so as soon as possible, if she doesn’t hear from you soon. 
 
Any organization that has signed a User Agreement since January 1, 2021 does not need to sign anything else.   
 
Although the GDEIB is free to use, we want to keep track of our users for the purposes of sharing use ideas and examples, to notify all of changes, and to maintain the integrity of the GDEIB. 
 
There are five requirements in the current user agreement, which can be downloaded from our website.

First go here to read the instructions to complete the user agreement online:  

Then go here to download the agreement:

Requirement #1: Use of the GDEIB constitutes an agreement to adhere to the copyright laws of the United States of America. 
Requirement #2: Always attribute any or all portions of the work by including this statement in a prominent position: From Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World © 2021 Yvonne (Nene) Kegomoditswe Molefi, Julie O’Mara, and Alan Richter. Used with permission. All Rights Reserved.”  
Requirement #3: Do not create translations or develop related or derivative works or versions based on the GDEIB without written permission from the authors. 
Requirement #4: For all GDEIB-related communication, follow The Centre for Global Inclusion Style Guide (Currently being updated. We will include it in the June newsletter)  
Requirement #5: Review communications sent by The Centre on a timely basis in order to stay updated on changes and additions to the GDEIB. These include its monthly newsletters and occasional emails or other notices. All monthly newsletters are archived on The Centre website under News. By signing this User Agreement, the users are providing affirmative consent to receive its communications whether sent directly or through a provider, such as Constant Contact. 
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Multicultural Calendar 
GDIB Expert Panellist, Barbara Deane offers a free monthly multicultural calendar via Diversity Central.
DEI Futures Project,
Future Trend Cards 
A collection of future trends is being curated and explained by GDIB Expert Panellist Margaret Regan.
FEATURED EXPERT PANELLISTS
Gina Cheverine
Juan Lopez
Lindiwe Miyambu
Tsukiko Tsukahara
UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL EVENTS BY OUR ALLIANCES OR OUR EXPERT PANELLISTS 
OR WHERE THE GDEIB IS INCLUDED
OD Network
Annual Conference
[VIRTUAL] 
June 1-4, 2021 
d&i Leaders Global Forum 2021
[VIRTUAL] 
June 8 & 9, 2021 
atd 2021
Annual Conference
[VIRTUAL] 
August 29-September 1, 2021 
PUBLIC EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED BY EXPERT PANELLISTS & ALLIANCES
Listed here are programs offered by GDEIB Expert Panelists and Alliances. Many are offered numerous times on an ongoing basis. While these courses may not be specifically about the GDIB, the content will be helpful in achieving many of the GDIB benchmarks. If you are an Expert Panelist or Alliance and offer programs open to the public, please let us know and we will list here.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
OFFERING SUPPORT
If you want to use the GDEIB in conference presentations, blogs, articles, chapters and so forth, we will support by providing slides, handouts, and ideas. Go to our site and explore. We’ve put a lot of effort into providing these resources. Please help by adding to what we offer.
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