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We love catching up with our graduates to hear about their experiences and successes! We recently had the pleasure of connecting with Alethia O'Hara Stephenson, who completed our Diversity and Inclusion Certificate course. Read on to learn how this course has empowered her and undersized communities, her experience with the instructor Sharon, and why this course is not an easy course but a beneficial course.
Can you tell us a little about your career experience and how you ended up at Ashton College?
What made you decide to take the Diversity and Inclusion course?
The need to enhance my knowledge to better serve my growing and diverse community.
How has the course helped you in your role?
Gave me the tools, skills and confidence requires to lead diversity conversations, make recommendations and implement changes.
What were some things that challenged you in the course?
The exercises in the course challenged me in the sense that they forced me to go deep and think critically. It wasn't about simply reading and regurgitating information it required you to do some deep thinking.
How has your career progressed since taking the course?
I have spoken on several platforms including speaking and moderating panel discussions at the World Diversity in Leadership Conference in Edmonton.
Did the course help to improve your confidence to speak on this important topic?
Yes, since then I have spoken on several platforms not just on diversity but also with the respect to Black History and Black History Month.
What advice would you offer to someone who is considering taking this course?
Please be open to new learnings. Be uncomfortable unlearning some of our own incorrect and false narratives, challenge our perceptions and biases, and walk away feeling a bit more empowered with knowledge and tools to help you on your path. This program was perfect as it provided knowledge that can help if you are an executive, a leader in the DEI space or simply an individual who wants to learn more.