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709 Inclusive Learning Design: Diversity, Racial Equity, and Inclusion

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday, April 13

Tracks: Instructional Design

Series: Instructional Design Summit

To be effective, DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) efforts must not be isolated to DEI-specific learning and training. Similar to accessibility, design that centers on equity, inclusion, and diversity will go a long way to reinforcing an organization’s DEI values.  Therefore, learning designers need tools and strategies to meaningfully approach learning design with a DEI lens.  

In this session you will learn strategies for designing learning with a DEI lens. You’ll explore all aspects of the design process, from assessment and content design to evaluation. Specifically, we’ll be looking at content design—sourcing diverse media resources, avoiding stereotypical images or scenarios, and how to minimize jargon. We’ll also explore ways to evaluate our own learning design biases to ensure that learning incorporates multiple perspectives that promote inclusion. You’ll leave this session with concrete strategies and steps to evaluate your current learning from a DEI lens and begin to center DEI in all of your future projects.

In this session you will learn:

  • Strategies for promoting inclusivity and diversity in the design process
  • How to evaluate existing learning from a DEI lens
  • How to recognize and mitigate bias in learning design
  • About diverse and representative multimedia resources

Technology discussed:

Inclusive sources for media

Lisa Mertes Sepahi

National Training Director

Corporation for Supportive Housing

Lisa Mertes Sepahi is the national director of the training center at the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), a national non-profit providing professional development and consultancy services. With over 20 years in both public and private sectors, Lisa has experience in learning design, curriculum development, and virtual learning. She loves learning tech and received a master’s in instructional technology and media at Columbia University. She blends her learning design experience with her years as a social worker and human services trainer.

Ariana Saunders

Associate Director

Corporation for Supportive Housing

Ariana Saunders is the associate director of the National Training Center at the Corporation for Supportive Housing. She has more than 15 years of experience in the field of program evaluation, quality improvement, and training in the nonprofit sector. Specifically, she has extensive experience in managing and evaluating child welfare, HIV/AIDS, developmental disability, behavioral health, supportive housing, and homeless services. She has experience in curriculum development and evaluation. Ariana received a master’s degree in applied social psychology from Claremont Graduate University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of California, Los Angeles.