A DEI Roadmap for Trainers

April 27, 2022
4 minutes
Maria Morukian joined #IDIODC.

When done well, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training creates space for courageous conversations that acknowledge hard truths around systemic inequities and explores topics that touch on people’s vulnerabilities in all facets of their lives. For those of you who do this work, there has not been a clear path to follow for making progress. As a DEI trainer, you have forged your own way and learned as you went.  

Maria Morukian joined IDIODC to discuss her new book Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Trainers: Fostering DEI in the Workplace. The need for DEI trainers to go at it alone has come to an end. We discussed how to develop the knowledge and skills required for DEI training as well as the historical underpinnings and rationale for DEI work. We covered the process of organizational assessment, design, and delivery, and strategies for embedding DEI and promoting sustainability through collaborative practices and dialogues.

Check out the recording and let us know how you’re integrating DEI into your work every day.

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About Maria Morukian

Maria Morukian, MA, PCC
President and Founder, MSM Global Consulting, LLC

Maria Morukian has eighteen years of experience consulting, training, and coaching leaders in their growth and development. She specializes in equity, diversity and inclusion, intercultural competence, resilience and well-being, organizational culture transformation, and leading innovative change. She is an experienced leader in the training and facilitation space always looking for new ways to explore and develop these topics.

Maria has a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) certification from the International Coaching Federation. She hosts a podcast and blog, Culture Stew, which focuses on the multidimensionality of identity and best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
In the coming months she will be publishing her first book, “Diversity, Equity,
and Inclusion for Trainers: Fostering DEI in the Workplace.” Set to arrive on bookshelves everywhere in January 2022, this book is a comprehensive guide for training and development practitioners to embed DEI principles into their existing practices and content, and lead effective training initiatives for DEI.

Maria earned a dual Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan in Organizational Studies and Spanish, and a Master’s Degree from American University in International Communication. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two daughters. She is an avid runner, dancer, and lover of theatre.


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