Public Education Consultants for Train-the-Trainer Public Education Workshops on Diversity and Inclusion in Workplaces and External Communication Strategies

Deadline date: 
Friday, October 25, 2019 - 5:00pm
Deadline: 
Fixed date
RFP status: 
Active

The Peel Multicultural Council (PMC) is soliciting proposals from qualified public education consultants for the Train-the-Trainer Public Education Workshops on Diversity and Inclusion in Workplaces and External Communication Strategies. We are seeking consultants with experience working in diversity and inclusion in workplace along with developing training handbooks and facilitating training workshops. We invite appropriate candidates to submit a proposal by October 25, 2019 for consideration.

Organizational Information

PMC was established in 1977 because of the concerns arising from a Social Planning Council report on Immigrant Needs in Peel.  A group of ethnic leaders joined to facilitate positive community relations. PMC is a non-profit and charitable organization that promotes a harmonious multicultural society and its key service pillars consist of Settlement and Integration of Newcomers to Canada, Neighborhood Development, Health and Wellness, Education and Training, and Employment Support.
It also provides settlement and community development services in the Peel Region and improves newcomers’ access to services, develops capacity and leadership in immigrant communities, expands civic participation, and mobilizes member groups and allies to respond to emerging issues and needs.
A 12-member Board of Directors, made up of representatives of member organizations and individuals from across the region governs PMC. The PMC currently has 38 full-time staff members.

Background

Project Scope: The rapidly changing demographic make-up of the Region of Peel has given rise to tensions, Islamophobia, xenophobia, polite racism, and negative backlash. It is especially targeted towards blacks, Muslims, and other visible minorities. The project will focus on providing Train-the-Trainer Public Education Workshops on Diversity and Inclusion in Workplaces and External Communications Strategies along with developing and distributing training handbooks and other tools (posters and brochures) to staff of approximately 100 organizations in the private, public, and non-profit sectors located in the Region of Peel.

Effective public education activities for changing discriminatory behavior should be able to:

  • Eliminate false beliefs by providing accurate information
  • Invoke empathy for others
  • Focus on changing racist behaviors and actions
  • Have the support of clear unambiguous leadership
  • Draw from a coalition of leaders from academia, sport, police, public life etc. who are committed to delivering a consistent message
  • Offer practical solutions to changing behavior rather than just focusing on beliefs

Activities:

Train-the-Trainer Public Education Workshops on Diversity and Inclusion in Workplaces and External Communication Strategies:

PMC is proposing Train-the-Trainer Public Education Workshops on Diversity and Inclusion in Workplaces and External Communication Strategies for senior managers and decision makers in public, private, and non-profit organizations in Peel. It will conduct 6 such workshops, with a maximum of 10 to 15 participants per session, for a target participant range of between 75 to 90 senior managers or their designated representative.

To maximize performance, engaging the entire workforce—in all its diversity—is a foundational imperative. Research shows that organizations that unleash the potential of the diversely talented and innovative workforce provide better business results. Reducing bias and barriers to development significantly expands any employee’s productivity and level of contribution. Clearly, diversity and inclusion should be embedded within all of an organization’s policies, practices, and training.

The proposed workshop will be facilitated by a consultant who will discuss issues related to differences of diverse viewpoints with employees at a place of business. The consultant will address sensitive topics not commonly raised in the standard course of business.

Diversity trainers will discuss a variety of subjects when addressing employees at these sessions. The trainer may address disparities regarding race, religion, creed, background, sexual orientation and opinions of people to help all employees better understand the individual experiences of co-workers. The consultant may hold ice-breaking exercises in addition to a discussion to help workers bond and resolve differences.

PMC will produce a take-away training manual on Train-the-Trainer Public Education Workshops on Diversity and Inclusion in Workplaces and External Communication Strategies for participants which will contain the tools and enable each participant to deliver training sessions within their organization.

An organization that provides diversity training, improves employee retention, increases morale, reduces workplace harassment, and improves recruitment efforts to create a more diverse workforce. The presence of a diversity program may improve the organization’s commitment to creating a fair and equal work environment where everyone gets treated with respect.

The consulting engagement will help us navigate two phases:

Phase 1: In the first phase, the consultant will develop a training manual on Train-the-Trainer Public Education Workshops on Diversity and Inclusion in Workplaces and External Communication Strategies. 

Phase 2: In the second phase, the consultant will conduct 6 such workshops, with a maximum of 10 to 15 participants per session, for a target participant range of between 75 to 90 senior managers or their designated representative drawn from for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

Qualifications

The consultant should have relevant experience in working with non-profit and public sector organizations to develop and deliver public education and training workshops that will discuss issues related to differences of diverse viewpoints with employees at a place of business. The consultant will address sensitive topics not commonly raised in the standard course of business.

Project Time Line

November 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020

Acknowledgment

PMC gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program for funding this project.

RFP Requirements

The PMC requests proposals of no more than five pages in length that describe your experience in the delivery of similar projects, your proposed process and a proposed budget for these services. Please provide a budget that includes: the number of estimated hours, billing rate, estimated out-of-pocket costs, and three references detailing their names and contact information – preferably for which you have provided services in last 5 years.

Completed proposals must be submitted electronically in MS Word or PDF Format to:

Naveed Chaudhry
PMC Executive Director
naveed@peelmc.com

Please reference: Public Education.  

Proposals must be received by the PMC by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 25, 2019.