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514 Make or Break Inclusion Moments – An Improvisor’s Guide to Equity in Experiential Learning

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM ET
Tuesday, November 8

Experiential learning programs can be a powerful way to learn essential skills, but they can also unintentionally perpetuate social narratives about race, gender, class, and ability that impact or diminish individuals. Activities that work for many can also carry troubling stereotypes about how folks participate, think, behave, and interact. While a great way to challenge learners and create an experience of belonging, experiential learning can also carry bias and leave some folks feeling left out.

Most organizations navigate this by simply removing activities that raise questions. They don’t know how to unpack the impact while still moving fast so they cut it, leaving the learner experience less engaging. How can you be inclusive without falling into the unbearable “beige zone” of learning design where no one is challenged? Can you have both a sense of surprise and playfulness and create an equitable space that gives everybody a fair shot at participating?

Short answer: Yes!

Longer answer: It takes work!

The good news: This session will give you a head start with great practices you can apply right now. Designed and facilitated by a DEI practitioner and an improv comedian, this session pushes the boundaries of learning design to give you new insight and unexpected techniques you can use in your next design process. The instructors draw from decades of experience (and a few key missteps) in cultivating equitable spaces to help you open your mind to other perspectives and get more creative in your approach. Along the way, you’ll practice the very techniques that are being discussed to build self-awareness and get inspired about ways you can push learning boundaries while understanding and respecting personal boundaries in the experiential learning you create.

In this session, you will learn how to:

  • Build a multi-partial perspective to raise awareness of how activities may fall on different identities
  • Use your pilot process to gather feedback and insight on how you can reduce barriers for participation
  • Get more creative and thoughtful in how you design activities while still moving fast and staying experimental
  • Employ small tweaks that make a big difference for making experiential learning more equitable
  • Build self-awareness around identity and assumptions
  • Gather feedback beyond your typical channels

Jason Ball


Fairplay Communications

Jason Ball is an organizational development leader with a focused training in multi-partiality as a facilitator. He helps companies thrive during periods of change. Jason is passionate about teaching people how to communicate and work together better, and he has developed training programs using the ADDIE/Agile method. Jason holds certification as an Insights Discovery Licensed Practitioner, in Culture Change, Situational Leadership II Training for Trainers, and is a Kirkpatrick Certified Professional — Bronze Level. He has delivered D&I and leadership training for Fortune 100 companies, federal government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

Andrew Eninger


Fairplay Communications

Andy Eninger, a co-founder of Fairplay Communications, has helped hundreds of corporations develop their employees on topics including sales enablement, fast feedback, inclusion, and executive presence. He uses his background in consumer research and brand ideation, sketch comedy and improvisation, writing, diversity and inclusion, and learning design to create innovative experiential learning programs that forward his secret agenda of making the world a more connected, creative, and compassionate place to work. He continues to perform, write, and improvise in his hometown of Los Angeles.