Tackling Racism in Organisations

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The Whitehall & Industry Group are delighted to offer, in partnership with leading diversity and inclusion consultancy Frost Included, an exciting opportunity to be part of a three-part action-based masterclass series. Systemically embedding diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace is both a challenge and opportunity that all of our members across the public, private and not-for-profit sector are facing together. We believe this is fundamentally a leadership issue that all organisations must take responsibility and action to address.

This unique three sessions series explores the concept of anti-racism and what it means to be an anti-racist organisation.  Working with peers across the sectors, this masterclass will bring together participants to openly engage and develop deeper, more meaningful understanding of a critical DEI area that some still find it difficult to confront, that of racism within our organisations.

As a previous delegate put it “it helps us to have a common understanding of fundamental concepts about racism and how it is manifested by society, organisations and individuals, and how we can all play a part in dismantling it”.   
What will be covered in our programme that takes a fresh and highly practical approach to this critical DEI area?

•             Map where participants' own biases might lie and devise a practical action plan to leverage the benefits of a diverse team. 
•             Learn methodologies that will allow participants to build an anti-racist culture in their day-to-day work.
•             Develop a robust understanding of concepts like Systemic Racism, Intersectionality and Privilege.

Who is this aimed at?

It's open to managers, volunteers and staff. It's relevant to all who wish to translate intent into action. It gives participants the opportunity to enjoy WIG's cross-sector learning environment. Previous organisations that have participated in this masterclass include Joseph Rowntree Foundation, The Open University, Sopra Steria, Addleshaw Goddard LLP, Ministry of Defence and Welsh Government.


  • Facilitator
    • Raafi Alidina


      Frost Included

      Originally from Edmonton, Canada, Raafi attended Harvard University for his undergraduate degree, finishing in 2012. After completing, he stayed in Cambridge for a year as a Research Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. After that, he was awarded an International Development and Management fellowship that sent him to Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he worked with the Aga Khan Foundation-Bangladesh (an NGO that runs pre-schools in garment factories, tea plantations, and urban slums) helping them improve their gender equality practices. He then returned to the US and to academia as part of the Mass Movements Project with Dr. Stephen Kosack.   He then moved back to Cambridge, MA to attend the Harvard Kennedy School where he completed a Masters in Public Policy in 2017.  His research on using behavioural economics for inclusion in organisations and the development of a behavioural measure for inclusion was awarded the Jane Mansbridge Research Award for outstanding research on women and gender, and the Susan C Eaton Memorial Prize for the top HKS Masters Thesis in Social Policy.   Raafi is currently a consultant with London-based Diversity and Inclusion consultancy Frost Included, where he helps leaders develop more inclusive behaviours and create more inclusive workplace cultures. Raafi is the co-author (with Stephen Frost) of the book Building an Inclusive Organisation: Leveraging the Power of a Diverse Workforce (KoganPage, 2019), which has been short-listed for Management Book of the Year and Best Book promoting Diversity by the Chartered Management Institute and Business Book Awards. It has also been named one of the top 10 Most Inspirational Business Books of 2020 by CEO Today.

  • Dates

    This masterclass will be run over the following three sessions:

    - Wednesday 26 January 15:00 - 16:30

    - Wednesday 2 February 15:00 - 16:30

    - Wednesday 9 February 15:00 - 16:30

  • Fees to attend

    Applications are now open:

    Member Early Bird fee: nominate two places for this masterclass and receive the second place half price for £742.50 + VAT until 05 December.

    Member fee: £495 + VAT 

    Non-Member fee: £560 + VAT

    WIG alumni fee: £372 + VAT

    Please email us to book your place.

  • Booking Terms and Conditions
    Full payment or a valid purchase order must be received before the start of the event. The full fee must either be paid within 30 days of an invoice being issued or, if the booking is made within the 30 days prior to the start of the event, payment or a valid purchase order must be received before the event starting date. For a full refund, cancellations must be confirmed in writing no later than 21 days prior to the event starting date. No refunds apply to cancellations made in the 20 days prior to the event. A substitute delegate can attend in the place of the registered delegate, if WIG is notified in advance. There is no fee to substitute a delegate. Non-payment or non-attendance without written notification will incur the full registration fee. 

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