Training and Workshop Descriptions

Training the Workforce to Celebrate Diversity, Welcome Inclusion and Cultivate Equity

About us

The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM), Training and Education Division is comprised of educators, researchers, trainers, and other experts who specialize in diversity and inclusion, social equity and emergency management. I-DIEM skilled team of thought leaders and innovators serve as a resource for equitable organizational change. 


The I-DIEM Philosophy

    1.    IDIEM’s philosophy for change intersects five basic strategies:

    2.    Awareness and Education

    3.    Research and Policy

    4.   Open Dialogue

    5.    Capacity Building

    6.    Institutional Change

Training and Workshops

The disaster management workforce is broad and encompasses many fields of practice. The entire workforce must be trained and prepared to prioritize human-centered equity in all things to address 21st century disasters. Racism, ableism, sexism, and other forms of bias are intense, ever-present, challenging forces, which have structured the thinking, behavior, and actions of individuals and institutions since the beginning of history. To understand the negative impacts of social inequity and effectively begin dismantling it requires an equally intense, consistent, and committed effort. I-DIEM offers education, training and other custom products to organizations seeking to build equity.

Online Courses

I-DIEM University offer online training with certification, Spring 2022.

Target Audience

Our workshops are designed for professionals, including members of State, local, tribal, and territorial programs; Nongovernmental organizations, voluntary agencies, or professional organizations; Private sector corporations; Small, women and minority owned business; Global humanitarian relief organizations; College or university emergency management staff; and federal partners, military and all other departments or agencies.

Virtual and Onsite

Level I: I-DIEM Training and Workshops

An Introduction to Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management

The Introduction to Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management provides an overview of the topic and increases participant diversity and inclusion competencies as they consider essential emergency management matters. Participants develop an appreciation for working productively and respectfully with employees, community members and clients. Tools and job aids are offered to facilitate immediate implementation of acquired skills.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be able to:

   1. To develop a foundational knowledge of diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural competence in emergency management.

  2. To apply foundational knowledge to emergency management practice.

  3. To explore the role and impact equity approaches to emergency management.

  4. To understand how to operationalize equity within emergency management systems.

  5. To define benchmarks, best practices, and strategies for improving DEI in emergency management through a DEI lens.


The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management will allow course participants to gain a greater understanding of Diversity & Inclusion within their organization and why they are critical business success factors. Smart organizations and leaders understand that increasing diversity and inclusion, along with cultural competency of staff, drives business results. Course participants will gain an understanding of culture and its impact on business continuity, team effectiveness, and skills development. This course will also provide strategies for communicating effectively across cultural and language differences. Participants will apply skills and strategies to flexibly adapt leadership styles to create an organizational emergency management program that is inclusive, invigorating, innovative, and engaging where employees and teams strive towards business continuity and improving organizational and community resilience to ensure continuity of operations.
The Counteracting Unconscious Bias in Emergency Management course will provide course participants with an understanding of the impacts of unconscious bias on disaster response, policy development, emergency planning, mitigation project selection, and recovery decision making. Participants will develop an operational understanding of unconscious bias, review current research on bias in emergency management, and learn techniques to minimize its impacts.
Increasing representation of women and people of color is a top priority for many emergency management organizations. Ensuring the organization is selecting volunteers and workers that have a broad mix of talent that reflects the communities served is key. This course will allow course participants to gain a greater understanding of diversity and inclusion and understand why it is a crucial success factor. Participants will understand the impact of attitudes and behaviors and how they impact recruitment and organizational success, as well as learn and practice skills for sourcing, recruiting and selecting top talent.
Course participants will explore social equity in the resilience economy. Participants will examine the role of perceptions and stereotypes in creating cross-cultural misunderstandings which can limit participation in individual and collective resilience building. Resilience, or the ability to adapt to changing conditions and withstand and rapidly recover from disruption due to emergencies, is demonstrated at the individual, family and community levels. This course explores the unspoken impacts that a lack of cultural competency within disasters has on members of the community, government and private sector.
This course will provide disaster response teams and other deployable assets with an appreciation for the importance of cultural awareness and respect in disaster response. This course is taught in 8 modules covering the following topics:
  1. Building a Broad Understanding of Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Competence
  2. Exploring Frames of Reference and Unconscious Bias
  3. Equitable Decision-making
  4. Positive Response to Stereotypes, Prejudice and Discrimination
  5. Building Inclusive Deployment Teams
  6. Effective Cross-Cultural Crisis Communication
  7. Gaining Cultural Competencies
  8. Creative Learning Lab (functional exercise)
The Diversity and Inclusion Awareness for HBCUs and MSIs course provides a fundamental strategy for leveraging HBCUs and MSIs as vital components to community outreach, education, and awareness for vulnerable, marginalized populations. Predominantly located in rural and urban settings, leveraging opportunities within these institutions allows for a large-scale expansion of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery programs while also serving as a gateway to communities of color and a strong area of recruitment for volunteer opportunities. Participants will learn:
  1. The impact of disasters on HBCUs and MSIs
  2. Mechanisms for improving response and recovery among HBCUs and MSIs
  3. Strategies to integrate HBCUs and MSIs into emergency management planning
  4. Identifying opportunities to improve funding and operationalize strategically driven initiatives that will directly support the local economies and communities.