Bystander Learning Conversations

Facilitator: Ananth Gopal & Tom Henderson (Polykala)
Target group: All staff (it is recommended that participants have completed ‘unconscious bias’ training prior to this session)
Duration: 2.5hrs
Note: This is a virtual workshop. You will receive a separate email with your Zoom registration instructions following workshop confirmation.

This 2.5-hour session forms part of the Equity Diversity and Inclusion program and addresses: 

  • Your own relationship to diversity, 
  • the impacts felt by people who experience marginalisation, 
  • practical strategies to promote workplace cultures that celebrate diversity, and 
  • how to stand up for a diverse and inclusive workplace and be an ally. 

This workshop focuses on “how groups of people work through their differences”, “what skills are needed to do so with intelligence and compassion?” and “how we celebrate diversity through the practice of learning conversations and conscious conflict”. This workshop provides a vehicle for creating authentically diverse workplaces. 

You will learn through a skill-focused and practical approach where participants learn by reflecting, sharing, listening and doing. This workshop is reflective, conversational and active. The facilitators won’t tell you what to think but instead provide opportunities for you to make up your mind by hearing from your peers and exploring your own (default) sense-making patterns. 

This session will include experiential learning activities, facilitator input and group discussions. 

Learning Outcomes 

By attending this workshop, participants will: 

  • Develop a shared understanding of diversity and inclusion 
  • Reflect on your relationship to demographic and viewpoint diversity 
  • Learn from others’ experiences 
  • Learn active bystander communication skills 
  • Develop competence intervening in tricky situations.   


2023 dates


Date Time Location

Wednesday, 19 July 2023 

9:30am - 12:00pm


Tuesday, 10 October 2023 

9:30am - 12:00pm