The Power Shift Project offers this exclusive curriculum created by journalists for journalists. The training is designed to advance the Power Shift Project’s goal of workplaces free of harassment, discrimination and incivility, and full of opportunity, especially for those who have traditionally been denied it.
The workshop will be led by world-class leadership trainer and coach Jill Geisler, who designed the curriculum. Geisler, who conducts leadership training and coaching in newsrooms around the world, is the Freedom Forum Institute Fellow in Women’s Leadership and Loyola University Chicago’s Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity.
The interactive curriculum, custom-tailored for media organizations, is built around three pillars of critical thinking, courageous conversations, and building cultures of respect and trust. The curriculum uses critical thinking, creative role playing and group exercises to teach ways to proactively prevent sexual harassment and misconduct and the behaviors that can lead to it, such as incivility and bullying. But more than that, this unique approach sets the table for candid conversations that people would not otherwise have about working in productive and creative cultures of respect, helping them see the world through others’ eyes in an open-minded atmosphere of trust
Participants will experience the training, see it deconstructed, and practice delivering it in small working groups. They will receive a certificate of completion and a useful kit that includes a facilitator’s guide, slides and other resources.
The workshop also includes a video briefing with nationally recognized expert Sharon Masling, partner and director of workplace culture consulting at Morgan Lewis and former chief of staff at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The briefing covers the role of leadership, accountability, training and organizational culture change in preventing and stopping harassment and discrimination.
The University of Missouri School of Journalism has been a leader in adopting the Workplace Integrity curriculum as a key part of its diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Associate Professor Amy Simons has guided this large-scale effort for the benefit of students, staff and faculty. Here’s a look at Mizzou’s commitment: