Training overview

IMPACT for Managers is designed to run in parallel with, and enhance, our IMPACT development programme. This programme is aimed at line managers to build skills, knowledge, and confidence in the support and leadership of minority ethnic staff in their teams.

The aim is to build contemporary managerial knowledge, and a toolkit of techniques for embedding race-inclusion into everyday management practices. As part of this journey, you will become alert to race-based assumptions about career progression at Imperial, and about how talent is measured and valued.

The sessions for the two programmes are separate, so if you participate in IMPACT for Managers and you manage a staff member who is attending IMPACT, you will not attend any workshops with them.

Who is this course for?

This course is open to all staff members who have line management or supervisory responsibilities. The course is especially recommended for those who are managing a staff member who is attending the IMPACT development programme, but it is not limited to those managers.

Key information

  • The programme consists of four online workshops spread over several months.
  • All workshops must be attended in order to successfully complete the programme.
  • Facilitated by an external trainer: Angela Goldberg Associates
  • There is no charge for Imperial staff. We do not accept external delegates on IMPACT for Managers.

IMPACT for Managers 2024 schedule

Workshop 1

Inclusive Decision-Making

5 June 2024, 10.00 - 13.00 (online - Zoom)

This workshop will:

  • Set the context, including a brief explanation of the questions – why here? Why now? Why so important? What has changed? The conversation will involve an exploration of common perceptions of racism and comparing these to modern racism with its far-reaching impact on education, careers, health, and everyday well-being. This will lead into a discussion of why racism is hard to discuss in the workplace, and therefore hard to change.
  • Outline the mindset and behaviours of an inclusive manager
  • Show the links between the race exclusion experience, performance, and well-being.
  • Define the relationship between diversity and inclusion, and the instrumental role of managers to promote both.
  • Discuss the nature and power of unconscious bias and how it plays out in people-related decisions (e.g., in performance management).
  • Show the impact of homophily and the propensity to managerially favour those we feel we have something in common with.

Workshop 2

Inclusive Relationships

2 July 2024, 10.00 - 13.00 (online - Zoom)

This workshop will:

  • Define and explain the impact of micro-incivilities on the workplace experience of minority ethnic employees, compared to their White colleagues. This will include an examination of power dynamics.
  • Highlight some common leadership missteps that hold these micro behaviors in place so that they go unnoticed (e.g., traditional notions of ‘talent,’ and the criteria used assess career potential). Whilst managers can have a strong intellectual engagement with these topics, the presence of these missteps, can lead to racial stereotyping, inaccurate assumptions, and the misinterpretation of behaviors. This is particularly in relation to career progression at Imperial, and about how talent is measured.
  • The implications of ‘in and out groups’ in the team, and how these disrupts connectivity for ethnic minority staff, leading to feelings of exclusion from the team and their managers.

Workshop 3

Building a Race Inclusive Culture and Psychological Safety

5 August 2024, 10.00 - 13.00 (online - Zoom)

This workshop will:

  • Focus on how managers can create an environment of psychological safety, to ensure that minoritised staff have equal voice, and are safe to speak up without fear of rejection, ridicule, or misjudgment.
  • Identify the types of behaviors that make a genuine difference in creating a more race-inclusive working environment, including the managerial complexities of hybrid working. These may include perspective-taking, allyship, advocacy, and curiosity.

Workshop 4

Review and action planning

6 September 2024, 10.00 - 13.00 (online - Zoom)

If the expectation is that conversations about race and racism must become part of managers’ everyday thinking and dialogue, then it is important to consider how to keep the momentum flowing.

Participants will be asked to come prepared to share their experiences of actions taken since the programme began – what they did differently, what they observed, how they felt, and an assessment of the outcome. Also, they will be asked to consider what priorities these steps signpost for their future as race-confident managers serving a globalised community in the University.

More information about IMPACT for Managers

Cancellation policy

Those enrolling on IMPACT for Managers are expected to attend all the sessions of the programme.

If you cannot attend any session of the programme, you must email the EDI Centre as soon as possible.

Cancellation fees do apply:

  • If a cancellation is made less than ten working days before the programme start date, a cancellation fee of £100 will be levied.
  • If you miss one session as a delegate, a £50 charge will be levied, but you can stay on the course and complete the other sessions.
  • If you miss more than one session, a £150 charge will be levied. You will be taken off the programme, and will have to re-enrol next year unless agreed with the course organiser.

Cancellation fees do not apply in cases of extenuating circumstances.

Netiquette for online training

  • It is important that you are fully present and an active participant, to create a safe space for sharing and discussion.
  • For some of our training, you will be required to keep your video cameras on. Please ensure prior to attending that you have a fully functioning camera and microphone. If you have any issues with your equipment, please contact us as soon as possible. If you require your camera to be off as a workplace adjustment, please let us know in advance so that we can makethe trainer aware.
  • Please ensure that you are in a private space where you can maintain confidentiality and the privacy of the other delegates.
  • To maintain confidentiality, all delegates are asked to agree to keep what is said within the group, and not record or take screenshots/photos without permission. Pictures or quotes from the session should not be posted on social media or elsewhere without the express permission of those involved.