DIVERSITY DIALOGUES SERIES

Wednesday, February 13, 12pm-1pm

BIMS 1023 – McKim Hall (across from the Sandridge Auditorium)

Lunch will be served – Space is limited

Please RSVP to jjp5s@virginia.edu

Sponsored by the SOM Office of Diversity/Inclusion

There is a saying: “Nothing great ever comes from comfort zones.” The Diversity Dialogues are designed to encourage honest discussions in a safe environment with people who are in some way, different from us, about the ways that we are different and the ways that we are similar. These facilitated dialogues may feel uncomfortable, but are essential to building understanding and empathy so we can leverage our strengths and differences at work and in our communities.

The Diversity Dialogues are a series of facilitated conversations around specific topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion in our community. The same topic will be explored each month by members of different groups – trainees (students and housestaff), faculty, or staff. We will invite one group each month – this month’s group are staff. The topic will rotate every 3 months.

Our current topic is “unconscious bias”. What is unconscious bias? Unconscious biases are social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness. Everyone holds unconscious beliefs about various social and identity groups, and these biases stem from one’s tendency to organize social worlds by categorizing. In this dialogue, we will examine with each other the impact that unconscious bias has had on all of our lives.

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