For this new program, we've developed this set of FAQs intended to address the most common questions that may arise from potential participants.
Is this program right for me?
Chorus America specifically developed the ADEI Learning Lab for choral leaders who identify as white. We’ve learned from past programs that an individual's racial identities and lived experiences impacts the type of support they need when engaging with ADEI work. If you identify as white, and are seeking foundational knowledge on access, diversity, equity, and inclusion, then this program is for you.
Why am I being urged to register with someone else from my organization? What if I want to register by myself?
We believe that realizing systemic change within your organization will be more likely if multiple colleagues attend. We've found in our own experiences and conversations about ADEI work that in order to sustain momentum that brings about real change, there need to be multiple leaders in positions of power to start and lead that change.
Addressing ADEI is emotionally taxing work, and often becomes too heavy a burden to move forward when it falls on one person. A partner will provide crucial support and additional perspective as you both do the hard work to transfer the skills and knowledge gained in the Learning Lab to your colleagues, foster potentially difficult ADEI conversations in your organization, and ultimately implement changes and new practices. While multiple representatives from the same organization are not required, it is strongly encouraged by the faculty as the path that is likely to create the most effective outcome.
Can I participate in this program if I’m not currently in a leadership role with a chorus?
You can. This program is tailored for leaders who can immediately implement the knowledge and skills they gain, and we envision that it will be most effective for 2-3 leaders from one chorus who are in decision-making roles. However, if you are not currently affiliated with a chorus, or are not in a leadership position within a chorus, you will still gain new perspectives and tools in this course. Registration will not be limited for individuals in this situation.
I have a conflict with the live Learning Lab sessions. Can I skip them and watch later?
Apologies, but no. Missing more than a few minutes of a live session will make it challenging to keep up, and will negatively impact the collaborative nature of the program. The Learning Lab is designed as an interactive cohort-based program practicing skills and developing knowledge together in a live environment are essential for participants to achieve the desired outcomes. The course is also sequenced so that each session builds on the concepts of previous sessions, so missing sessions early on can have a cumulative effect.
Should I attend the same live sessions as the other colleagues from my organization?
It's up to you. Each Learning Lab session is offered twice, and individuals from the same organization are not required to attend the same sessions. You may feel it’s important for you and your colleague to attend the same session -- or you may feel like the program will be most effective for you if you attend different sessions. Our faculty understand that every organization’s culture is different, and that coordinating schedules can be challenging. We encourage you to make the choice that is right for you and your organization.
What does a typical week of the Learning Lab look like?
A typical week includes a 90-minute live session on Thursday or Friday (you can attend on the day and time that works best for you), with about 2-3 hours per week of coursework between live sessions that you complete on your own time. Coursework between sessions includes instructional video content, selected readings, and an assignment or quiz. Some weeks with cumulative assignments might involve more time, and some introductory weeks may involve less.
I identify as a person of color. Is there a Chorus America ADEI program for me?
We're currently working on that. This is the first in a series of new ADEI programs we are developing that will benefit individuals from different cultural affinity groups. We plan to launch a leadership development program tailored for self-identifying BIPOC leaders in the spring of 2022. Stay tuned for more information about this program next winter.
How does participating in an online learning program work?
The ADEI Learning Lab is offered through a learning management system called Canvas. Participants will receive information about how to login and access the program the week before we begin. First time in an online learning course? Not to worry. Our staff is ready to help answer questions and help make sure everyone is comfortable using the system.
I am interested but can’t participate at this time. Will this program be offered again?
Chorus America plans to offer this program annually each spring. If you are interested in participating in the future, please let us know by completing this form. We’ll contact you when we’re offering it again.
I have a question that was not answered here.
Please contact director of programs and member services Christie McKinney at [email protected] or 202.331.7577 x250.