Diversity Training No Longer an Elective for Local Companies

Posted: December 12, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Michelle Nery

Adjunct professor and founder of Live Wire Media Relations, Chryssa Zizos, will present a workshop, “Managing the Diversity Dilemma in a Turbulent Marketplace,” at the National Press Club today from 8 to11 a.m. with Mauricio Velásquez of the Diversity Training Group (DTG). Several corporations, non-profit organizations, and federal agencies have already signed up for the diversity workshop based on the New Century College course Workforce Effectiveness Skills, which investigates the growing importance of cultural diversity in America’s workplace, with a particular emphasis on understanding cultural diversity as a broader social phenomenon.

“This type of course couldn’t be more relevant,” says Zizos. “I’ve really embraced the experiential learning aspect of New Century College. I don’t lecture. Students have an aggressive reading schedule and I bring in diversity managers like Mauricio Velásquez, Kathy Campbell of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, and Robert Owens of D.C. Corporate Corridors.”

The idea for the workshop was born out of the students’ final project, which included a comprehensive case study of a Washington, D.C., based corporation. The students were responsible for conducting market research, interviewing key executives, and distributing anonymous surveys to obtain candid perceptions of corporate policies. “As the students asked questions and gave out the surveys, the executives became interested in what the students were learning and began asking if they could take the class or talk to the professor,” says Zizos.

Zizos worked with Velásquez, whose company specializes in the planning, design, and implementation of organization-wide diversity, gender equity, and mentoring training initiatives, to develop the workshop. For more information, contact DTG at (703) 478-9191.

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