Diversity Dialogues: Discussion on Microaggressions will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 @Noon

October 8, 2018 by zrb8mf@virginia.edu


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 – students, housestaff, faculty, or staff.  We will invite one group each month – this month’s group are staff. The topic will rotate every 4 months.

Our current topic is “microaggression.” What are microaggressions? Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership. Microaggressions can be based upon any group that is marginalized in this society. In this dialogue, we will examine with each other the impact that microaggressions have had on all of our lives.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Pinn Hall, G1-2
Lunch will be served
Please RSVP to jjp5s@virginia.edu if you plan to attend – space is limited

Sponsored by the SOM Office of Diversity/Inclusion