About Project RESPECT

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PR Workshop Goals:

  • Provide a safe and educational environment that encourages respect, responsibility, and understanding of co-workers and others.
  • Raise participant awareness of underlying issues and unique dynamics of all forms of discrimination and sexual harassment.
  • Challenge participants to think critically and personally (empathize) about the issues
  • Open dialogue amongst participants about the dynamics and context of all forms of discrimination and sexual harassment.
  • Inspire participants to be proactive leaders around the issues by challenging them to develop concrete options for intervention with confidence and safety.
  • Address client based concerns identified in the pre-assessment.

NBA"Diversity training is part of the NBA.  As our business continues to grow, it is essential that we maintain an environment where sensitivity is enhanced and a genuine feeling of opportunity for advancement is pervasive.  We have come to depend upon Richard Lapchick and the NCAS staff to help us achieve our goals."

David Stern, Former Commissioner, National Basketball Association (NBA)

       

Workshop Topics

  • Workplace culture
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Manifestation of Sexism
  • Sexual harassment
  • Bystander Intervention
  • Stereotyping and discrimination
  • The impact and power of language
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Generational Diversity
  • Leadership

What makes the PR program unique from other programs?

…PR trainers are a diverse team of former athletes

…PR employs a discussion based educational philosophy to make all workshops highly interactive (scenarios, role plays, videos, group dynamics, active learning discussion, & much more).  The PR trainings are not LECTURES

…PR curriculum is tailored to the client’s specific needs, concerns, and goals

…PR has unparalleled experience in working with the most difficult to reach groups.  For the past 29 years, NCAS programs have worked extensively with colleges, universities, college sport organizations and conferences, professional sports teams and leagues, corporations, all branches of the U.S. military, and with international military units

…PR can cover a wide-range of topics related to workplace respect, diversity, culture, and appreciation

…PR teaches bystander intervention skills from a social justice perspective

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Approach and Methodology

Instead of being divisive, differences in race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion and gender can serve as building blocks to strengthen the department, staff, unit or organization.  PR’s approach is to present information on the workshop topics that will add to each individual’s present knowledge.  Increasing levels of sensitivity on the presented topics creates a well-informed staff/organization.  Ultimately, raising awareness and options on how to positively address the presented topics improves the attitudes and behaviors of the staff/organization.  A well prepared staff/organization is better equipped to identify sensitive issues and address those issues appropriately.ADU discussion

PR facilitators lead interactive awareness exercises that focus on self-identity and how we develop stereotypes that interfere with effective teamwork, and look at ways an organization, team or staff can provide better understanding on workplace environments.  Interactive exercises include, but are not limited to, scenarios, role plays, group dynamics, videos, and active learning discussions.

All PR workshops are unique to each client’s circumstances and concerns.  Through a pre-assessment and consultation process with senior leadership, PR facilitators have the ability to build a tailored curriculum that will address the specific needs and concerns of the client.  Tailored curriculum is not limited to diversity and gender sensitivity, but also can include leadership styles, effective communication, culture in the workplace, manifestation of sexism and sexual harassment, and the power and impact of language.  Following the training, the client is engaged in a post-assessment process that addresses follow-up needs, unanswered questions, an analysis of the trainings goals and objectives, and proper strategic planning and implementation.

Part of what makes PR unique is that we teach bystander intervention skills from a social justice perspective.  The focus of our discussions is on power and privilege — or the absence of it — and how power and privilege shapes human interactions.  It is important in an educational context to be honest and realistic, especially when we are challenging participants to be proactive bystanders in the face of difficult social and work situations. People often do not act because they fear the loss of their job, or even career, if they challenge authority.

Partnership Goals with our clients

...Provide a safe and educational environment that encourages respect, responsibility, and understanding of co-workers and others
 ...Raise participant awareness of underlying issues and unique dynamics of all forms of discrimination and sexual harassment
 ...Challenge participants to think critically and personally (empathize) about the issues
 ...Open dialogue among participants about the dynamics and context of all forms of discrimination and sexual harassment
 ...Inspire participants to be proactive leaders around the issues by challenging them to develop concrete options for intervention with confidence and safety
 ...Address client based concerns identified in the pre-assessment

Benefits of the PR workshop

Development of cohesion among staff
Enhanced skills for coaches working with diverse athletes
Development of a strategic plan for dealing with issues when they occur
Development of leadership that fosters inclusion and equality in the organization

 

Clients served

NBA

National Basketball Association

US Military branches

U.S. Military branches (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy)

NBA - Timberwolves

National Basketball Association - Minnesota Timberwolves

US Government - Executive branch

 Unites States Government - Executive Branch

NSCAA

National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)

NCAA - Athlantic 10 Conf

NCAA - Atlantic 10 Conference

NFL - Patriots

National Football League - New England Patriots

NCAA

National Collegiate Athletic Association

NCAA - SEC Conf

NCAA - Southeastern Conference

NBA - Kings

National Basketball Association - Sacramento Kings

MLS

Major League Soccer

NCAA - Big 10 Conf

NCAA - Big Ten Conference

ESPN

Entertainment and Sports Programming Network

NASCAR

National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing

Siemens

Siemens

Food Systems Inc

Food Systems Inc.

CFL - BC Lions

Canadian Football League - British Columbia Lions