Nova Learning Journey

We employ a rigorous approach to our work that aims to leave no stone unturned. And we underpin our approach with common best practices from higher education and social justice movements: Social Identity and Dominant/Counter Narratives.

Nova leverages a Social Identity Model in all aspects of the business. Social Identity provides a framework to better understand complex ideas like Unconscious Bias, Allyship, and Oppression. By understanding and utilizing Social Identity, we acknowledge the lines of difference that exist in interpersonal relationships, as well as the historical socialization that occurs intra-personally.

Social Identity can provide an accessible entry point into the DEI conversation for your participants. By focusing on an Identity Framework, we personalize the experience and the conversation…we aren’t talking about theoretical, abstract ideas. We are talking about you, us and how we all operate within the organization.

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Nova’s programs are built on the following structure:

Educate

Context-setting content that ensures your whole team is working with the same information and baseline.

Engage

Dialoque and experiential exercises - all designed to guide learners to more 'a-ha' moments.

Connect

Action-planning and accountability mapping takes the learning outside the classroom and moves it to action.

Tailored

The context of your organization matters and Nova tailors all sessions to be relevant and impactful to your specific audience.

Comprehensive

We can’t make assumptions about what participants walk into the room with. We need to combine comprehension and education with application and skills in order to connect the dots.

Experiential

Participants need to try on new skills and behaviors in order to have meaningful ‘ah-ha’ moments.

Bookended

How we invite people into the space and how we follow up with them matters. Nova’s training sessions come with customized invitation language and takeaway documents.

Nova’s curriculum is tailored to the specific organization and outcome objectives. We work with your core stakeholders to tailor discussion prompts and action planning so that participants aren’t left in a state of “So What/What Now?”.

Sessions may be customized based on roles, business units, or other determining factors. All sessions are tailored to an organization’s context and needs – below overview is example only.

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Individual Contributors

Your organization’s individual contributors are an untapped resource for creating grassroots behavioral change at all levels and within all departments. We begin with a foundation of Social Identity and build upon that to provide a common language and tangible practice to give them the tools they need to take meaningful action towards equity and inclusion.

Foundational Pathway

  • DEI Core: Social Identity & Communicating Across Difference

    Participants Develop and Walk Away With:

    • Awareness and shared understanding of key DEI terms and concepts
    • Understanding of Social Identity and how social identities impact experiences, perspectives and biases
    • Tangible listening and dialogue tools
    • Understanding of power dynamics in group and 1:1 interactions
    • Deep recognition of key language and its impact
  • Bias Awareness & Microaggressions

    Participants Develop and Walk Away With:

    • Ability to utilize identity as a lens for how we communicate and work on teams
    • Ability to notice bias in workplace interactions and navigate those moments
    • Deepened understanding of power dynamics in group and 1:1 interactions
    • Practice scenarios and situational applications
  • Effective Allyship & Bystander Intervention

    Participants Develop and Walk Away With:

    • A clear understanding of Allyship, what it is and what it isn’t
    • Tools for interrupting bias and an awareness of the impact of oppression
    • A critical understanding of what gets in the way of allyship
    • Actions to impact power dynamics in group and 1:1 interactions
    • Awareness of situations where they can practice allyship in action

Expanding & Scaling the Learning

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Core Competencies for Individual Contributors

Building from awareness to action through managing up.
CORE COMPETENCIES

People Leaders

People leaders have the most influence throughout your organization. Nova’s learning pathway for leaders is designed to move from internal understanding to team applications, so that your leaders have the necessary awareness and capacity to lead with equity at the forefront of their approach to both daily tasks and big picture planning.

Foundational Pathway

  • DEI Core: Social Identity & Communicating Across Difference

    Participants Develop and Walk Away With:

    • Awareness and shared understanding of key DEI terms and concepts
    • Understanding of Social Identity and how social identities impact experiences, perspectives and biases
    • Tangible listening and dialogue tools
    • Understanding of power dynamics in group and 1:1 interactions
    • Ability to notice bias in workplace interactions and navigate those moments
    • Deep recognition of key language and its impact
  • Bias Awareness & Microaggressions

    Participants Develop and Walk Away With:

    • Ability to utilize identity as a lens for how we communicate and manage teams
    • Effective listening and dialogue tools, tactics for holding space for difficult conversations
    • An understanding of tangible applications
  • Effective Allyship & Bystander Intervention

    Participants Develop and Walk Away With:

    • A clear understanding of Allyship, what it is and what it isn’t
    • Tools for interrupting bias and an awareness of the impact of oppression
    • A critical understanding of what gets in the way of allyship
    • Awareness of situations where they can practice allyship in action
  • Developing Multipartial Leaders

    Participants Develop and Walk Away With:

    • Understanding the value of shifting from impartial to multipartial leadership
    • Tools for expanding personal reference points and approach
    • Agility to recognize and shift workplace dynamics

Expanding & Scaling the Learning

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Core Competencies for People Leaders

Building from awareness to action through managing up.
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Executives

It’s crucial that Executive Teams invest their own time and resources into DEI learning. This learning pathway is designed to create alignment and strategic vision for organizations committed to creating a new set of norms and outcomes for employees of all identities.

Foundational Pathway

  • DEI Core: Social Identity & Communicating Across Difference

    Participants Develop and Walk Away With:

    • Awareness and shared understanding of key DEI terms and concepts
    • Understanding of Social Identity and how social identities impact experiences, perspectives and biases
    • Tangible listening and dialogue tools
    • Understanding of power dynamics in group and 1:1 interactions
    • Ability to notice bias in workplace interactions and navigate those moments
  • Leading Across Lines of Difference

    Participants Develop and Walk Away With:

    • Ability to utilize identity as a lens for how we communicate and manage teams
    • Effective listening and dialogue tools, tactics for holding space for difficult conversations
    • An understanding of tangible applications
  • Organizational Identity

    Participants Develop and Walk Away With:

    • A clear vision for how DEI is relevant and can be a lens to all work across their organization
    • An understanding of their individual role and accountability in moving this work forward
  • Coaching Multi-Partial Leaders

    Participants Develop and Walk Away With:

    • Understanding the value of shifting from impartial to multipartial leadership
    • Tools for expanding personal and team reference points and approach

Expanding & Scaling the Learning

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Core Competencies for Executive Leaders

Building from awareness to action through managing up.
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Communicators, MarComm, Public Affairs

Communications & Public Affairs teams are the outward face of your organization, and their ability to navigate the nuanced topics of DEI is paramount to a company’s success in this work. Our curriculum pathway tailored specifically to Communicators & Public Affairs teams is focused on unpacking “truths” in communication and policy to drive meaningful understanding and application of key DEI topics.

Foundational Pathway

  • DEI Core: Social Identity & Communicating Across Difference

    Participants Develop and Walk Away With:

    • Awareness and shared understanding of key DEI terms and concepts
    • Understanding of Social Identity and how social identities impact experiences, perspectives and biases
    • Ability to notice bias in workplace interactions and navigate those moments
  • DEI for Communicators (Intro)

    Participants Develop and Walk Away With:

    • Ability to utilize identity as a lens for how we communicate in spoken, written, and visual formats
  • Comms Toolkit Review & Practice Session

    Participants Develop and Walk Away With:

    • A deep dive to review the content and applications of the Comms toolkit and how it’s rollout cascades throughout the organizational comms channels

Expanding & Scaling the Learning

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