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Diversity Equity and Inclusion Workshop: Recognizing Microaggressions

October 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Workshop Series

This 3-part workshop facilitated by Psychology Professor Katie Wolsiefer is designed to broadly examine the ways in which individual level and structural level biases impact the PSU community. The first two workshops will focus on practicing social psychology based strategies for mitigating one’s own (implicit and explicit) biases. Workshop 3 will take the form of a discussion about the ways in which systems and structures at PSU could be improved to increase equity and inclusion. The goal of this last workshop is bring members of the campus community together to identify (and begin planning) ways we can make this a more inclusive community.

You may attend one, two or all three workshops and there are no prerequisites for participation.

October 13, 4PM – 5PM: Bias Reduction in Higher Education (part 1): Looking out for microaggressions and subtle behaviors.

Description: This workshop will focus on recognizing microaggressions and subtle verbal and non-verbal behaviors that may communicate biases towards marginalized students and colleagues. We’ll talk a bit about research, look at some examples, and complete an exercise to think more deeply about the messages our body language can send.

Due to the sensitive nature of this discussion, this is an in-person only event.

November 10 4PM – 5PM: Bias Reduction in Higher Education (part 2): Using bias reduction techniques from the social psychology literature.

Description: In this workshop, we’ll identify, discuss, and practice 5 bias reduction techniques supported by evidence from the social psychology literature. Techniques discussed include: activation of egalitarian goals, perspective gaining, establishing a common group identity, counter-stereotyping, and forming implementation intentions. Due to the sensitive nature of this discussion, this is an in-person only event.

December 8 4PM – 5PM: Bias Reduction in Higher Education (part 3): Structural sources of bias at PSU.

Description: This workshop will focus on biases in the systems at PSU that negatively impact students, faculty, and staff from marginalized groups. This workshop is intended to be a discussion, where were work together to identify potential issues facing PSU. I am aware that these discussions are already happening in a few different communities/groups on campus. My hope is that this discussion will help connect individuals interested in enacting structural change and inform the topics/format of workshops for Spring 2022. This event is hybrid and is open to all faculty and staff.

Details

Date:
October 13
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Venue

CoLab (Lamson Library 003)

Organizer

Katie Wolsiefer

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