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The Diversity Equality and Inclusion (DEI) Academy

We know the challenges federal public servants face in advancing DEI within their departments. As public servants, we've faced them ourselves. As practitioners, we've advised departments on strategies to advance DEI. 

Join the thousands of professionals who have worked with us and enroll your team in the DEI Academy now. 

Mante Molepo Consulting offers professional development for federal government employees on diversity, equality and inclusion. Mante’s approach is grounded in storytelling in which she weaves personal and historical narratives to inform a deeper understanding of complex issues. 


The DEI Academy includes two foundational modules in which participants develop awareness and knowledge about systemic racism and identify approaches to advance DEI within their departments. Following the completion of the foundational modules, organizations can participate in advanced modules to engage in deeper learning. 

While professional learning is critical to advancing DEI organizations must take proactive measures to advance systemic change. Mante Molepo Consulting has developed a signature model of organizational change which is based on the following:

 

  • Organizational change must be system-wide.

  • We take an intersectional and evidence-based approach to identify, remove, prevent and mitigate systemic barriers within an organization.

  • Individual and shared accountability is necessary for change.

Mante expertly led and guided us through history to present-day events, and provided a forum for thoughtful, respectful and truthful discussion. Mante will help open your eyes, your minds and your hearts and show you the way to be better and do better in your workplace and community. I strongly recommend Mante Molepo to any public and private sector organization.

FOUNDATIONAL MODULES 

In the foundational sessions, participants develop awareness and knowledge about systemic racism in Canada, how racism persists in the federal public service, as well as strategies to advance anti-racism, equality and inclusion within the federal public service. 

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FOUNDATIONAL MODULE
Racism in Canada
 

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In this module, participants examine core concepts and terminology related to race and racism. Participants explore the dimensions of social identity using an intersectional approach to understand how systemic racism is manifested in Canada and within organizations such as the federal public service. Participants deconstruct racism by challenging traditional concepts of race and racism, including the evasion of race. They examine systemic racism in Canada through a brief historical overview of laws and policies that have adversely impacted Indigenous, Black and other racialized people and communities. At the end of this session, participants should have a deeper understanding of terminology related to race and how systemic racism manifests within society and within organizations.

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FOUNDATIONAL MODULE
Advancing Diversity, Equality and Inclusion 

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In the second module, participants examine an organizational model of change to advance diversity, equality and inclusion within the federal public service. Participants deconstruct the meaning of diversity, equality and inclusion. Through interactive discussions and activities, they explore strategies to integrate DEI into the work they lead and the relationships they maintain with their clients and colleagues. At the end of this session, participants should have a deeper understanding of DEI, including within their department. Participants should have developed strategies to support DEI initiatives within the workplace and within their substantive roles.

ADVANCED MODULES 

With a deeper understanding of DEI and the systemic barriers that Indigenous and equality-deserving people and communities face, participants can participate in a series of advanced modules. The advanced modules explore key challenges public servants face in advancing DEI within their substantive roles and within the workplace. In order to register for the advanced modules, participants must have completed both foundational modules.   

Courageous Conversations about Race and Racism at Work

It is not easy to talk about race and racism, especially within the workplace. In this module, participants learn strategies to engage in meaningful dialogue with colleagues and senior leaders about race and racism. They learn how a person’s racial identity may impact how one navigates conversations about race and racism. Participants learn to approach these conversations with an awareness of different lived experiences and awareness about racism. Through interactive discussions and activities, participants learn how to develop shared values to engage in courageous conversations, approaches to mindful listening and strategies to respond “in the moment”. At the end of the session, participants should have an awareness of how to approach and engage in conversations about race and racism within the workplace, identify barriers to holding these conversations, as well as strategies to effectively engage in these conversations.

Disrupting Systemic Racism in Canada

In this module, participants engage in a deeper examination of systemic racism and its socio-historical development in Canada. The module examines how systemic racism is normalized within organizations, including the workplace. Participants explore the impact of systemic racism on the lived experiences of Indigenous, Black and other racialized employees and the clients they serve, as well as on the design and implementation of laws and policies. Through interactive activities, participants learn to identify systemic barriers and how they are embedded in organizational culture and policies. Participants examine federal initiatives, including the Clerk’s Call to Action on Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion in the Federal Public Service, to address institutional and structural barriers. At the end of this module, participants should understand how systemic racism manifests within society and within organizations, and how to leverage federal government measures, such as the Call to Action, to advance DEI efforts.

Responding to Microaggressions
at Work

The 2022/2023 Deputy Minister Commitments on Diversity and Inclusion call for providing concrete tools for employees to respond to microaggressions in the workplace. In this module, participants learn how to identify and respond to microaggressions. Through interactive discussions, participants examine the harmful effects of microaggressions in the workplace, and how they undermine DEI. Participants explore the distinction between intent and impact when experiencing microaggressions. With an awareness about microaggressions, participants learn how to employ microinterventions to disarm and neutralize microaggressions, as well as strategies to intervene when they confront microaggressions. At the end of this session, participants should be able to identify microaggressions; understand their impact; and strategies to respond to microaggressions when they are communicated.

Understanding Anti-Black Racism: a Canadian Perspective

Black people in Canada face a unique experience as a result of the history and legacy of anti-Black racism. In this module, participants examine anti-Black racism and its impact on people of African descent in Canada. Through an intersectional analysis, participants address the present and historical barriers Black people face and how anti-Black racism is experienced within the federal public service and organizations at large. By examining the three pillars of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent (justice, recognition and development), participants discuss strategies to centre diverse Black voices, support the recruitment and retention of Black people, as well as how to engage Black communities in the design and implementation of organizational policies and programs. Black organizations have made incredible strides in improving the representation of Black people across many organizations. The module explores some successful strategies that Black-led organizations have adopted to advance the recruitment and retention of Black employees. At the end of the module, participants should have a deeper understanding of anti-Black racism in Canada, and barriers to the advancement of Black people. Participants should have learned strategies to engage with and support Black employees and communities.

A Word From Our Clients

Mante Molepo is an exceptional leader, deeply and personally committed to the practice of equity and anti-racism. She is bold, solution-driven and holds in-depth understanding of how oppression and racism manifest in organizational settings. She leads with integrity and care, always centering perspectives at the margins and leaves no-one behind in her pursuit of equitable work spaces.

Ketty Nivyabandi, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada

Mante Molepo skilfully delivered the Anti-Racism Training Program to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) executives. She is engaging and very knowledgeable of all aspects of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). Feedback received from participants is very positive. This training was instrumental in our journey to eliminate systemic racism in our workplace. I highly recommend Mante.

Natacha Prudent, Director General,

Canada Border Services Agency

When I was planning a Women in Leadership conference and wanted to profile a woman whose leadership has been particularly impactful I chose Mante.  Her perspective and passion for leadership in areas of diversity and inclusion are authentic and informative in ways that so many others could never advance. Her professional and articulate manner of addressing important sensitive issues add to the relevance and sincerity of her message.

Katherine Cooligan, Partner

Borden Ladner Gervais

Mante is a dynamic, engaging Facilitator whose use of storytelling is truly impactful. Her lived experience in addressing racism and her background in governance provided an enriched, and meaningful day of learning for all participants. We are looking forward to continuing our work with Mante. 

Cheryl Hodder, KC, ICD.D
CEO, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society

Mante brings a vast experience and deep insights into guiding a delicate and important conversation on inclusiveness and anti-racism. Her sessions opened our eyes, provoked introspection, and challenged us to commit to building a better workplace – for ourselves and for our organization. 

Marine Policy, Transport Canada

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A WORD ABOUT MANTE

I began my career as a lawyer in the federal government, practicing international trade law. I also worked on various policy files with and for different government departments and agencies. In addition to my experience in the federal public service, I am a Governor for the Ottawa Hospital and an elected member of the Ontario Bar Association. I am a founding member and former co-chair of Parents for Diversity, an organization committed to equitable and inclusive education. As a former Director for Amnesty International Canada, the Parkdale Food Centre and EcoEquitable, I advanced issues around diversity, equality and inclusion in governance. My experience in the federal government, working with various departments and agencies, have equipped me with personal and professional insight to address unique problems, and to offer practical advice and strategies to employees and senior leaders. As a change management practitioner, I use The Prosci ADKAR® Model to support clients to cultivate organization-wide, systemic change.

Professional development designed for federal public servants by professionals who have experience in the federal public service.
 
Join the thousands of professionals who have worked with us and enroll your team in the

DEI Academy now. 

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