Webinar: The Inclusion Competencies Inventory: A Skill-based Approach to Inclusion

The Inclusion Competencies Inventory: A Skill-based Approach to Inclusion

Dr. Joyce S. Osland, San José State University
Dr. Allan Bird, The Kozai Group, Inc.
Dr. Joanne Barnes, Indiana Wesleyan University


Interested in learning how well equipped your students are for inclusion?

If so, join our webinar describing a new assessment instrument – the Inclusion Competencies Inventory (ICI). To date, diversity research and training has seldom taken a competency-based approach. Instead, training emphasizing white privilege or unconscious bias is more common in some countries, even though it occasionally results in resistance and there is little research evidence that it works. Building on the way we teach cross-cultural differences and utilize intercultural assessments, we focus on an individual-level, competency-based approach that is less likely to engender resistance and more likely to promote personal and organizational change in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. After describing the rigorous instrumentation process used to create the ICI, an expert diversity trainer will describe her experiences using the ICI to trigger diversity, equity, and inclusion work in three different organizational settings.

Key takeaways:

  1. Introduction to an assessment model and instrument on inclusion competencies
  2. Useful materials to help incorporate inclusion into your teaching
  3. Varied applications for using the ICI
  4. Directions for future inclusion research

Thursday, March 11, 2021
11:00AM – 12:00PM EST

Additional Resources
ICI Reading List (3.11.2021)
Webinar Slide Deck (3.8.21)


About the Speakers

Dr. Joyce S. Osland
Senior Partner, The Kozai Group
Professor Emerita, San José State University

Dr. Osland was the Lucas Endowed Professor of Global Leadership and the Executive Director of the Global Leadership Advancement Center at San José State University.

She holds a Ph.D. from the Case Western University in Organizational Behavior, an M.S.W. from the University of Washington, and a B. A. in Social Welfare from the University of Minnesota. She is the senior editor of Advances in Global Leadership and has authored over 170 publications. Joyce presents and consults to global businesses, non-profits and universities.


Dr. Allan Bird
The Kozai Group, Inc.

Dr. Bird is the President of The Kozai Group, Inc. He was previously the Darla and Frederick Brodsky Trustee Professor in Global Business at Northeastern University; and before that was the Eiichi Shibusawa-Seigo Arai Professor of Japanese Studies, Director of the International Business Institute, and Director of the International MBA program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

He holds a Ph.D from the University of Oregon in Organizational Studies, an M.A. from Sophia University in Comparative Culture and International Business, and a B.A. from California State University, Fresno in Asian Studies. He is a Fulbright Graduate Research Award recipient and has authored over 150 publications.


Dr. Joanne Barnes
Dean of the Graduate School
Indiana Wesleyan University

Dr. Barnes, Dean of the Graduate School/Professor in Organizational Leadership, at Indiana Wesleyan University. She is also a consultant/coach in leadership practices for cultural competence, diversity, equity and inclusion.

Dr. Barnes holds several certifications in intercultural, global leadership competencies, along with implicit biases, and cultural competence. Barnes serves on a number of academic and leadership boards, as well as editorial review boards. She has presented at numerous top leadership conferences and is published in women and leadership, intersectionality, unconscious bias and leadership, cultural intelligence, and global leadership arenas.

She currently teaches advance global leadership theory, globalization and multiculturalism theory, and advanced leadership colloquium courses at Indiana Wesleyan University in their Ph.D. program. Dr. Barnes earned her Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University and her Certificate in Advanced Global Leadership Studies from San José State University.