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Best Practices in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Am I my sister’s keeper?
Women helping other women, especially women of color is critical to a woman’s success. Black women represent 3% of college and university faculty, and 5% of college presidents. However, we are the most educated and are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs and it’s because we work together. Sisterhood is the key to success, this talk discusses the power of sisterhood and empowers women to bring other women with them.
From Feelings to Killings: Beyond Microaggressions
Microaggressions are often ignored, dismissed, invalidated or denied because they are perceived as minor or that the receiver is being “too sensitive”. However, research shows that microaggressions are cumulative and capable of harmful consequences, both mentally and physically. Moreover, the perceptions and stereotypes that are carried with microaggressions can manifest into overt acts of oppression, such as authority figures killing people of color.
You’re not an entrepreneur at work: Realty of expectations in the workplace
Sometimes employees feel undervalued and underappreciated in the workplace leading to high turn over rates. To address the issue leaders have adopted the notion of a culture of appreciation in the workplace and implemented measures to do so. However, depending on the mindset of the employee, a culture of appreciation will not change their feelings of their place in the work setting. This talk will address how to be successful at work while building upon your own personal goals outside of the work setting in order to create a balance and minimize disdain.
Coping with the endless tug of war: The Plight of the Black Superwoman
Black women over the course of time have been perceived as strong and having the ability to endure inordinate amounts of stress. In the Black community we are depended upon to remain stable, provide support and “hold it down”. In society, we are viewed in s stereotypical manner and not able to offer much, especially women in academic institutions. This session will provide coping strategies for women of color that resonate with a tug of war without much respite as well as how to minimize or eliminate guilt when saying no.
Black and Brown Youth in Public Education
Much research has demonstrated that Black and Brown students in the K12 system are suspended at much higher rates than their white counterparts. These microaggressions
(subtle forms of racism) are negatively impacting the educational attainment of Black and Brown students and contributes to the prison to pipeline pathway. This workshop will advance current thinking of K-12 teachers, administrators and faculty in three ways (1)bring awareness to the statistics of disproportionate school suspension and its impact on students (discussions of power, privilege and oppression (2) teach and enhance their perspectives on microaggressions or racism in the classroom (3) provide tools and strategies to combat these practices on a regular basis by having critical dialogue and becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable
We all we got! Each One Teach One in the Black Community
Internalized racism within the Black community is as real as racism is. Shadism/Colourism is pervasive throughout black culture and various other media. Unfortunately, these notions allows for further disruption amongst each other. This session will discuss how shadism/colourism is problematic, how we can learn from one another to continue to unify and create spaces for each other to succeed.
Get Hired! Higher Ed and other positions
This session provides skills and tools to succeed in the job market. Topics covered include: preparing your Resume, Vita and Cover Letter, as well as Mock Interviews. Participants should bring a digital or hard copy of their materials and be prepared to practice interviewing skills. Feedback is provided, and participants may send an advance copy of any position that they are applying for (email firstname.lastname@example.org with subject “Get Hired” and DATE of workshop). Come prepared to learn how to get hired!