Joint Faculty and Staff Virtual Conference: Roadmap to Understanding
Joint Faculty and Staff Virtual Conference: Roadmap to Understanding

The Conference will be highly interactive and results oriented. It will build on the College's ongoing efforts to create a College Environment that is supportive of all. This conference provides a forum for Faculty and Staff to provide suggestions, recommendations and action items to help move us forward with our Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Equality efforts.

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Week ONE

Our first Countdown to the Conference will feature, Ms. Mellody Hobson’s, Ted Talk titled "Color Blind or Color Brave". Ms. Hobson is a native Chicagoan and finance executive. She discusses how the subject of race is usually avoided in conversation because it is thought be “touchy” topic. It is a "conversational third rail,” says Hobson that needs to be discussed. In this engaging and persuasive talk, she makes the case that speaking openly about race and particularly about diversity in hiring, makes for better businesses and a better society.

We are hoping that this Ted Talk will encourage you to be “Color Brave” and engage in a discussion about the issue of Race that is still occurring in our country. Please let us know your thoughts.


Week TWO

We are in week TWO of our Countdown to the Conference. This week we are excited to feature yet another invigorating and thought provoking TED Talk titled "The Danger of a Single Story” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian author of many novels and short stories.

Have you ever wondered how stories can affect your perspective on how you view the world?  In this video, Adichie shares “how impressionable and vulnerable we are in the face of a story” she goes on to explain that “the danger of only knowing one story about a group creates stereotypes.” She professes that the rejection of the single story allows one to “regain a kind of paradise” and see people for who they truly are.  

As you watch the video, please note a few takeaways you have learned that you might want to share with us during the conference.  Perhaps we can talk about the concept of a “single story” and the power that narratives has in shaping our perception of one another.

We hope that this Ted Talk will encourage us all to broaden the scope of stories we hear about other people and cultures as well as help us to continue to learn, build and maintain a work and learning environment where different perspectives are valued and embraced.



This week’s TED Talk is by Celeste Headlee titled, “10 ways to have a better conversation.”  Headlee is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and co-host of the weekly series Retro Report on PBS. In her 20-year career in Public Radio, Headlee has served as the host of Georgia Public Broadcasting, On Second Thought. In this insightful TED Talk, Headlee shares unique and useful rules on what makes for a good conversation.

When your job hinges on how well you speak to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations -- and that most of us do not converse or listen very well. Being a radio hosts for decades, Headlee, shares 10 very useful rules for having better conversations. "Go out, talk to people, listen to people," she says. "And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed." 

Why this TED talk? Conversations can be hard to have, which is why it is important that we take the time to think about how we conduct ourselves during them and what we can do to improve our skills, especially listening. Most of us have a tendency to judge people based on looks, mannerisms, or the limited information we may know about them. However, when we are truly listening, we set aside all these biases, including our own opinions.  As you watch the video, think about the numerous conversations you have had and ask yourself, was the message heard/received the way you intended? Are there any takeaway skills from the Ted Talk you can utilize at the College



This week’s TED Talk is by Dolores Huerta titled, "How to overcome apathy and find your power". At an early age, Dolores Huerta was involved in various forms of social justice activism. "Sí, se puede”- "Yes, we can" is the rallying cry Huerta came up with as a young activist in the 1970s, and she's lived by it in her tireless pursuit of civil rights ever since. With her signature wit and humor, Huerta reflects on her life's work, offering inspiration for anybody trying to overcome apathy, get involved and find their own power.

We hope this TED Talk serves as your motivation to overcome any fears and apathy to get involved, distinguish yourself through your genuine passion, and drive to create positive, sustainable change. We can do it! I can do it! Sí se puede!



This week’s TED Talk is by Dolly Chugh, titled, "How to let go of being a “good” person – and become a better person." Dolly Chugh is an award winning professor at the NYU Stern School of Business where she teaches MBA courses in leadership and management. Her research focuses on the psychology of good people. What if your attachment to being a "good" person is holding you back from actually becoming a better person? In this accessible talk, social psychologist Dolly Chugh explains the puzzling psychology of ethical behavior -- like why it's hard to spot your biases and acknowledge mistakes -- and shows how the path to becoming better starts with owning your mistakes. "In every other part of our lives, we give ourselves room to grow -- except in this one, where it matters most," Chugh says.

One thing we all have in common is that we all want to be good people, and we care very much about our moral identity. When someone challenges our identity as a “good person”, we go into a defensive mode or the “red zone,” as Chugh puts it. The reality is that we all fail. Admitting that we are flawed or made a mistake places us in a vulnerable position. However, it is through reflection during the vulnerability that we can assess our definition of being a good person, the consequences of our decisions, and grow from it. As a college community, let us achieve a higher standard of being a “goodish person” who still makes mistakes but learns to be better and do better.


Week SIX

This week’s Countdown to the Conference is on ‘"Intergroup anxiety: Can you try too hard to be fair"". Why do some of us, despite our best intentions, feel self-conscious when we meet people who are transgender, disabled, or otherwise marginalized by our society? Psychologists call it "intergroup anxiety," and it's very common. But even though intergroup anxiety typically arises from a desire to appear fair to others, it can often end up perpetuating social inequalities. .

Feeling discomfort or even panic when talking with persons who often experience rejection or bias is common and distressing not only for you, but the other person as well, and, in fact, it can worsen the very bias you may be struggling with. Think about a moment when you were uncomfortable. Reflect on why you were uncomfortable and can you look at your own intergroup anxiety with a view toward correcting it? Watch this video to find out how intergroup anxiety affects our lives and learn ways to counter it.



This week’s Countdown to the Conference features Dr. Helen Turnbull Ted Talk: Inclusion, Exclusion, Illusion and Collusion.

Dr. Helen Turnbull, CEO of Human Facets, has 25 plus year successful track record in the field of Global Inclusion. She is an internationally recognized Thought Leader on Unconscious Bias, global inclusion and diversity. As creator of “cognizant” – Unconscious Bias assessment tool and the “ISM Profile” for measuring Inclusion Skills gaps, her work has contributed to clients winning the Catalyst Award for Gender improvement.

Ask yourself what role does unconscious bias play in your decision making? We all make assumptions about a person(s) unconsciously that have over time become rooted in our way of thinking. These unconscious biases and blind spots can and do impact our day to day decision making and in many cases will, in a subtle way, affect our ability to include and accept others. Moving away from our impression of inclusion to consciously becoming inclusive means that we have to catch ourselves at moments when we do or saying something without knowing why we did it.



November 25, 2020
9:00 am - 11:30 am

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