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TechDiversity Academy

Be the Change
DEI Leadership for Every Role

Discover the tools and resources meticulously crafted by TechDiversity Academy to breathe new life into your existing DEI initiatives or spark fresh DEI endeavors. Our program celebrates the power of individual actions in creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.

The learning outcomes for participants include:

  • Understand diversity, equity and inclusion (DE+I) from a contemporary perspective
  • Explore the contemporary trends and challenges that are shaping the DEI discourse
  • Build a framework for confident and safe DE+I practice
  • Identifying steps towards becoming an adept practitioner in this space
  • Engage with diversity data sets
  • Use data to communicate and influence your DE+I agenda

 

Who is the TD Academy designed for?

At TechDiversity Academy, we empower individuals who are driven to enact positive change within their organisations. If you’re passionate about fostering a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse workplace, our Academy is your gateway to becoming that change. Through a comprehensive curriculum, expert guidance, and a supportive community, we equip you with the tools, knowledge, and network needed to lead transformative DEI initiatives.

Join us to not only gain insights into best practices and innovative strategies but also to become part of a movement where each member is committed to making a difference. Embrace this opportunity to be the change you wish to see in your organisation and contribute to a more inclusive future.

TD Academy is critical for the development or reinvigoration of a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practice.

“The TechDiversity Academy has been a fabulous program. There is a lot to learn, both from skilled facilitators as well as from the rich and robust discussions from a diverse group of participants”

Jennifer Tod, 2022 Course Participant
Head of People & Culture
Littlepay

”I really enjoyed the content, pace and engaging discussion,
not your usual online course!”

Natalie Phillips-Mason, Participant, Founder + Lead Consultant, Inclusive Change

Module1
DEI fundamentals

This module develops understanding of your own (and your organisation’s) knowledge, skills and proficiency in DEI thinking and practice and how to embed
and mainstream these practices into your organisation.

• Understanding and engaging with diversity, inclusion and equity
• Building foundational understandings for DEI work
• Locating yourself as an agent of change within your DEI work

Module 2

Contemporary trends and challenges in DEI

The DEI space is a rapidly evolving terrain, covering complex areas of thought and scholarship, social discourse and organisational cultural practice. This module examines current trends and challenges in DEI, and considers linkages to work in anti-racism and human rights.

• Understanding what is Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
• Exploring contemporary trends and challenges in DEI
• Building a framework for confident and safe DEI practice
• Identifying steps towards becoming an adept leader in this space

Module 3

Becoming a DEI data literate organisation

This module combines DEI literacy and data literacy as a powerful combination to drive meaningful and measurable organisational transformation. We delve into how diversity data provides an untapped resource to understand and develop effective DEI strategies.

 • Understanding what data is needed to drive DEI capability
• Engaging with diversity data sets
• Analysing diversity data across a range of measures
• Using data to communicate and influence your DEI agenda

Watch these informative videos

DE+I facilitator, Veronica Pardo discusses The Academy.

DEI specialist, Dr. Nandi Spry shares her experience in the 2023 TD Academy Course.

Meet the Facilitators

“As facilitators, we’re so gratified by the generous and warm response of participants to the inaugural TD Academy Course. The success of the course has been reliant on the robust and rigorous discussion of contemporary DE+I practice that the cohort has brought. We thank all the participants, our wonderful partners TechDiversity and Cahoot Learning. We are already looking forward to sharing the next course, developing many of the themes that have emerged through the course. “

~ Veronica Pardo and Roman Ruzbacky

Veronica Pardo

Veronica Pardo

Diversity Atlas, Executive Director, Programs

Veronica has been leading the work on cultural equity in Australia for more than 15 years. As a highly regarded leader, Veronica is sought after by institutions to guide the development of interventions aimed at changing organisational culture, structure and practice. She brings lived and professional experience of diversity to the creation of culturally safe learning and reflection spaces.

Roman Ruzbacky

+Roman Ruzbacky

Diversity Atlas, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Roman is an experienced diversity, equity and inclusion practitioner and has complaints management experience. He is a former analytical chemist (diversity of thought in action), has designed and developed DE+I frameworks, gender equity action plans and conducted pay equity analysis. Roman has facilitated diversity workshops, provided key notes and panel discussions on DE+I practice.

Words from the TD Community

Luli Adeyemo

Executive Director of TD Foundation and Founder of Best Case Scenario

“The TD Academy community is made up of people who believe in the power of community and education to harness the DEI transformational process.”

Ali Wood

Senior Diversity and Inclusion Specialist at REA Group

“When I think about the value that the TD Academy will bring to me as a DEI practitioner, it’s really about tapping into the diverse thinking of a community of other practitioners who might be doing really innovative things.”

Will Wheeler

Founder/Director at Neurodiversity Academy

“At Neurodiversity Academy, we’re all about helping organisations to create Neuro-inclusive workplaces. We’re very excited to be partnering with TD Academy to become a part of the community.”

TechDiversity Academy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Why enrol in the course?

Many businesses or organisations don’t as yet understand the economic value of implementing DE+I in the workplace.

This course will give you the confidence to carry out sustainable organisational change and cultural economic and social transformation.

Research shows that organisations with diverse & inclusive cultures are:

6 x more likely to be innovative
87% better decision-making from diverse teams
35% more likely to perform better and have increased ROI

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Should DE+I be my priority now, given current challenges?

McKinsey & Company research reinforces the link between diversity and company financial performance—and suggests how organisations can craft better inclusion strategies for a competitive edge.

We acknowledge that many organisations are being forced to make difficult decisions around workforce planning. Common problems related to restructuring include employees needing to learn new things as part of their job and higher workloads and less engagement. Sustained employee engagement and well-being is business-critical and delivers demonstrable ROI.

So now isn’t the time to take the foot off the gas when it comes to DE+I strategy and the impact it has on technology workforces. Companies need to continue to lay down the seeds now to be ready for the future. More and more organisations are realising the value of DEI an an enabler to face these challenges and sharpen their competitive edge.

What is the investment?

Investment in the TechDiversity Academy’s modules vary 

There are frameworks and activities that you can use in your workplace, this enables participants to put some of our DE+I modules into immediate action.

  • Access frameworks
  • Download posters to distribute to your team
  • Receive free, personal advice from our expert DE+I faciliators
  • Get involved in discussions with other DE+I and HR specialists on the same DEI journey
How is this Community different?

The TechDiversity Academy Community is different because its more than just a course; it’s a growing ecosystem and a powerful movement.

A movement to learn, connect and grow with fellow peers.

What is Cahoot Learning?

Cahoot learning is the digital platform and community that will host the academy.

It is the modern melting pot where learners, facilitators and thought leaders come together to inspire, provoke, challenge and support each other – creating authentic learning and behaviour development.

What is Diversity Atlas?

Diversity Atlas, by Cultural Infusion is the creator of the only cultural diversity data-analysis platform that provides inclusive Self ID and actionable insight to create better workplaces.

It enables organisations to understand the diverse richness of its teams and to better measure, understand, acknowledge and act on its diversity, inclusion and development strategies with its platform and services.

Thank you to our TD Academy Delivery Partners

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Without our partners, the TD Academy would not be possible. As a social enterprise, we appreciate their support in delivering DEI to our community of DEI champions.

Let’s hear from you

We love hearing from our community and what topics YOU think are important.