Kez Hayat, MSc, is equality and diversity officer in the Office of the Vice Chancellor at the University of Bradford. His research interests include equality and diversity training and diversity management. He may be contacted at email@example.com.
Theme 5: Preserving Diversity
Delivering Equality and Diversity Training Within a University Setting Through Drama-Based Training
Article first published online: 30 MAY 2013
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Journal of Psychological Issues in Organizational Culture
Special Issue: Reframing Diversity Interventions in Austere Times
Volume 3, Issue S1, pages 290–305, May 2013
How to Cite
Hayat, K. and Walton, S. (2013), Delivering Equality and Diversity Training Within a University Setting Through Drama-Based Training. J of Psych Issues in Org Culture, 3: 290–305. doi: 10.1002/jpoc.21096
- Issue published online: 30 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 30 MAY 2013
United Kingdom equalities legislation places general and specific legal duties upon higher education institutions to promote equality and diversity positively. This includes an increased emphasis on training and development, especially in the context of promoting and raising awareness of equality and diversity within an organizational setting.
The authors evaluate the impact and effectiveness of drama as a means of delivering equality and diversity training. The legal, business, and moral case for diversity is explored, highlighting and investigating the important role of effective equality and diversity training. Drama-based diversity training is considered within the context of a local university initiative aimed primarily at middle management. Within this initiative, professional actors explored the effects of discrimination in the workplace. The authors frame their findings in the evaluation model proposed by Kirkpatrick (1998).
The authors argue that drama-based training is an effective tool for delivering equality and diversity training and present evidence for such training as having a positive impact. In particular, drama-based training increases the confidence and capacity of university middle managers to challenge inappropriate behavior in the workplace.