Facilitation training for professionals to create multiculturally equitable, socio-economically aware, and globally informed workspace in education.
Who CAN participate?
This programme is a good fit for teachers, educators, counselors, social workers, parents/caregivers, principals, and education officers based in India, and who are committed to creating inclusive spaces for young people with diverse identities.
SCHedule - when and where?
Sessions and Hours
30 hours i.e. 10 sessions of 3 hours each
All sessions will be conducted online on Zoom
Sessions will take place from 09:30am to 12:30pm IST on the 4th or 5th Saturday of the month (except when a session date coincides with a holiday).
Dates for first 6 months:
From individual participants
From an organisation (if participant is nominated by an organization)
INR 12,000 (Limited number of scholarships are available)
This fee includes participant fee, training materials, resources on diversity and inclusion, and active coaching for participants to take action in their respective contexts.
Support for Fees:
For participants, who may not be able to pay the full amount at this point, we offer the following options -
The workshops will be facilitated by Amrita Nair with support from the Apni Shala team.
About Amrita Nair (Director of HR, R&D and Advocacy, Apni Shala)
Amrita with a Bachelors’ degree in Psychology from Mumbai University, and a Masters’ degree in Social Entrepreneurship from TISS, is a part of the founding team of Apni Shala.
Before founding Apni Shala, Amrita worked with the Akanksha Foundation and Aasara Home for boys. She has also been trained in personal counseling and rational emotive behaviour therapy. Since 2013, she has been an active facilitator of the Theatre of the oppressed. She was part of the DBS-TISS Social Entrepreneurship Programme from 2013 to 2016 and a WIPRO seeding fellow (2017). In 2016, she attended the New Leader’s Week with the National SEED project and has been facilitating Mumbai-based SEED groups. Amrita has also facilitated a diverse group of educators and leaders with organisations such as Nashik Cambridge School and Ummeed Child Development Center.
How to Apply?
Applications are now closed. Thank you to all those who applied.
Registrations for Diversity Shala are now closed.
How does it work?
The programme helps build the participants’ capacity for diversity and inclusion within educational spaces. It is based on the philosophy and framework provided by National SEED Project situated at Wellesley College, Wellesley, USA.
10 months x 3 hour sessions
Topics and themes
Participants explore the multiple identities and socio-cultural aspects of themselves and others. Some of the topics covered are gender, sexuality, caste, mental health, disability, power, agency, and realistic possibilities for equitable systems.
Participants also explore how these factors currently impact their organization and their work and learn how to create an inclusive workplace for all. They are requested to volunteer themselves for this work. A cross-divisional and cross-functional team works best for engagement with diverse views.
Theatre, art, expressive writing, small and large group discussions, pair-share protocols, poetry and audio-visual resources.
Language of Facilitation
English and Hindi
It has been 6 months of having diversity conversations at Diversity Shala. I have grown as a person and learned to understand what are the implications of the world events that happen around us. In our mundane lives, we generally work on an autopilot mode and don’t take out time to respond to events happening around us. Diversity conversations offer a compassionate space to take a pause and gently observe the diversity & inclusion lens amongst our own social circle. I realised I needed to develop patience with others to hear their views, whether it's about gender, class or any other identity. The monthly training sessions are well-paced & provide ample resources & time to explore stories & themes. Collective care is demonstrated within the co-participants and makes me feel more courageous to share my thoughts. Being a part of the monthly sessions has helped me to understand myself and the world better. The Diversity Shala would benefit people in both their personal and professional lives.
Why Diversity Training?
In an increasingly globalised world and a country as diverse as India, our workforce is becoming multicultural and diverse. Diversity training capacitates employees to engage with multiple perspectives, work better with colleagues as diverse teams and develop creative and authentic solutions for engagement with a wider audience and hence enhancing organisational growth.