Empowerment Through Integration (ETI) offers the unique “In the Dark” series, a fully customizable programming suite designed to address the diversity and inclusion needs and goals of private clients across sectors. Designed to raise awareness and encourage the inclusion of marginalized individuals, “In the Dark” facilitations offer a provocative and rewarding experience that fosters in participants a deeper, practical understanding of the complex nature of identity.
Each “In the Dark” session removes visual cues to settle participants into a safe space where they reconsider how they view and value themselves and others and are encouraged to embrace their own and others’ identities. Together, participants learn firsthand the power of delaying visual and other assumptions and are challenged to identify ways of practically carrying this lesson forward into their lives beyond the event.
Our facilitations encourage introspection on both individual and organizational levels by blindfolding participants and leveraging that artificial blindness to remove visually cued expectations and place participants in an environment that enables reflection, sharing, learning, and growth. Together, they create opportunities for learning and growth and leave the event with a deep and practical understanding of how to better embrace diversity and inclusion in their work lives—and beyond.
Each “In the Dark” program is tailored for an individual client’s needs to address diversity and inclusion goals and, on a more granular level, bring awareness to conscious and unconscious bias as well as a renewed respect for individual value to each participant.
These customized programs have recently benefited clients including AirBnb, the Boston Mayor’s Office, Harvard University, and more in formats such as:
Dining In the Dark: A unique and fun way to meet new people or better understand friends and colleagues! Participants enjoy a meal and lively discussion surrounding “-isms” and how to battle preconceived notions on a daily basis. Ideal for company gatherings, holiday parties, galas, and client-appreciation dinners.
Networking In the Dark: During networking events, we may limit our interactions to individuals who we believe are valuable. Networking in the Dark encourages individuals to keep an open mind, free of preconceptions, when meeting new professional contacts for the first time. Ideal for settings such as conferences, summits or meetups.
Orientation In the Dark: This exercise encourages individuals to look beyond surface level labels to get to know others for who they truly are. Together, the group moves into a new mien as champions of inclusion. Ideal for new employee or student orientations in which individuals are meeting each other for the first time—and forming initial perceptions.
Teambuilding In the Dark: How well do we know our teammates? This teambuilding facilitation focuses on the preconceived notions that affect our daily interactions and limit teamwork. Ideal for both established and new teams, manager trainings, retreats, and employee-resource groups.
In the Dark Experiences can be facilitated in groups of 25 people up to 150 individuals. All offerings, in addition to Dining in the Dark, can be facilitated over a meal for an additional layer of interaction. Facilitation is tailored to each individual event based on audience and setting.
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