How to Become a Diversity Trainer

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Diversity trainers help businesses and institutions integrate various cultures of a workforce. To become a diversity trainer you must achieve qualifications and experience in the field. Diversity trainers educate people in a business or community for the purpose of increasing their cultural knowledge, awareness, and skills to protect against civil rights violations and to promote office or social teamwork.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet
  • Education
  • Decide what part of the field you want to specialize in. Although it is not necessary to pick a specific culture or specialization to get work as a diversity trainer, it can be beneficial. If you are interested in integrating multiracial workplaces or communities, for instance, it would be helpful to be familiar with the cultures you are training people to to deal with in order to facilitate understanding and optimize productivity. Often, teaching people to understand differences can help avoid civil rights violations and help people work as a team. Specializing in a field will maximize your effectiveness.

  • Achieve a degree and certifications. Most colleges do not specifically offer diversity trainer as a career, but some vocational and community colleges do offer classes and certifications. Websites like dtui.com offer courses and certifications for people interested in becoming diversity trainers. Also, a bachelor's degree or associate degree in related fields like psychology, sociology, or cultural studies can help. Being fluent in the languages of the cultures you wish to specialize in can also give you a leg up when applying for jobs in the field.

  • Gain experience. A great way to gain experience as a diversity trainer is to volunteer at places that allow you to interact with a wide range of cultures and people. Many schools have minority clubs that hold diversity education events, and many cities and states also have cultural awareness groups whose main goal is to educate people about different cultures. Getting experience in the field is a useful way to find jobs, as well, because many communities rely on word of mouth or associations when looking for people qualified in the field. Charities for people who identify with the opposite sex have a big need for volunteers to help integrate their people into communities and workplaces. Many colleges have clubs or societies dedicated to a particular ethnicity or country that sponsor events about cultural awareness and are always looking for members to get involved.

  • Apply for jobs. Because diversity training is somewhat a specialized career it's important to know where to look for work once you have qualifications. Contact human resources departments at various businesses and corporations. Also talk to staffing agencies. Many companies have specialists who work with employees who primarily speak other languages or have a multiethnic workforce and are always looking for people who can help fill the gaps of communication among multiple cultures. Applying for jobs in human resources departments can be a great way to move into a diversity training job when one comes available.

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