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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) with DiversityNL

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) starts with putting people first and looking at ways we engage, connect, and support individuals. This course entitled “Fundamentals of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging” will provoke discussions, shift language and encourage a growth mindset. It is pivotal for each of us, and to every SME, to look at our people culture and how we do business. Creating respectful and inclusive workplace cultures starts with being able to define DEIB and how to implement a DEIB toolbox into the workplace. We will explore inclusive language, pronouns, DEIB training, employee engagement and policy development. Overall, this course centres around the building blocks every SME needs for success. 

In this 1.5-hour virtual session, Stephanie Howlett (she/her/hers) will present this course through an inclusion lens which will provide SME leaders the knowledge, awareness, and skills to be able to implement tools, strategies, language, and training into their workplace cultures. Creating the ability to shift perspectives and engaging with employees so they can bring their full authentic selves to work creates lower turnover rates, higher customer satisfaction, greater productivity, and higher profitability.  

The goal of this course is to create awareness and understanding in SMEs about the fundamental concepts of DEIB in A&D workplaces. We will be using a DEIB framework to look at where we are using A&D data and where we need to go to become inclusive leaders.  


  • Defining what is DEIB 
  • Inclusive language and pronouns 
  • Employee engagement 
  • DEIB training  
  • Policy development 
  • Creating a toolbox  

Learning Outcomes:  

  • Articulate the concepts of DEIB and actions that can be taken to increase DEIB in SMEs  
  • Explain why DEIB is needed in SMEs 
  • Recognize inclusive language and how to implement inclusive language in the workplace and through policy development
  • Describe everyday steps that can be taken to create inclusive and respectful workplace cultures in SMEs 
  • Learn about DEIB trainings that support employee engagement in the workplace 
  • Identify Toolbox strategies for SMEs 

 Our Expert Facilitator:  

Stephanie Howlett 
Founder and CEO, DiversityNL 

Founder and CEO of DiversityNL, Stephanie started she/her/hers business in 2020 supporting 2 spirited, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (2SLGBTQ+) inclusion in organizations. Stephanie enjoys creating inclusive strategies with organizations promoting cultural awareness, positive safe spaces, and welcoming environments while unveiling unconscious biases and systemic barriers that are present within social systems.  

Over the past three years, Stephanie has worked with over 30+ organizations including Provincial Aerospace (PAL) on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. Stephanie has developed Workforce Training Sessions, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plans, policy review and implementation. This requires in depth background work and the ability to work with and listen to the needs of the organization. Her expertise is regularly sought and consulted. She has served on many DEI panel discussions, education sessions and speaking engagements. Stephanie is a solid researcher who brings an evidence-based approach to all her work including organizational benchmarking, documentation reviews, website reviews, data analysis.  

The projects that Stephanie and DiversityNL complete for organizations are impactful and transformational. Her recent work with for the Canadian Women in Ocean Industries Leadership (CWOIL) is an example of how DiversityNL can assist organizations. The result of this work is CWOIL’s National Action Plan titled, “Inclusion and Diversity in the Blue Economy” (December 2022.) This project spanned 8 months and included in depth desk-based research, environmental scans, data analysis and interviews, and engagement with over 120+ key informants.  

SME Pairings:

Each Course in the Program consists of a virtual learning session/workshop, followed by one-on-one consulting support provided by the Project Consultant (in this case, DiversityNL) for up to four (4) SMEs, cost-shared between ACADA and the selected members.

Workshop 1 will be delivered virtually on June 27, 2023 at 9:30am (ADT). This webinar is available to attend live and a recording will be made available to ACADA members. To be eligible for consulting support, the applicant must either attend or view the workshop.

Projects that are eligible for funding support will aim to help the SME implement tools, strategies, language, and training into their workplaces. Projects may include:

  • DEIB Policy Development
  • DEIB Commitment Statement
  • DEIB Education Series
  • Development of DEIB Calendar of Events
  • Other project deliverables discussed with individual SME (to be approved by ACADA).

Please click here for full program guidelines.

Following delivery of the course on June 27, applications will be available and shared with our members via email, social, and our website.