Workshop: Speaking Up is Hard to Do

August 12, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Have you ever wondered “Why didn’t I say something?” after witnessing social bias — a stereotype, a prejudice or discrimination — that happened in your everyday life? If so, you’re not alone.

Research suggests that people typically want to respond when bias occurs, but more often than not they do not do so. Deciding whether and how to respond to bias is complicated, but understanding what motivates us to speak up, the challenges we face when doing so, and strategies for effective responding can help bystanders to bias better evaluate their options.

Participants in this workshop will learn about bystander reactions to social biases and how these reactions can help or hinder decisions to speak up. Workshop activities will include small-group discussion of reactions to everyday incidents of bias in academic settings as well as strategies for speaking up effectively. Participants will leave with concrete strategies for considering how to address biases across classroom, social and academic workplace settings.

Facilitator:  Stephanie A. Goodwin, Ph.D., director for faculty development & leadership at Wright State University

When: Monday, Sept. 26

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. (Breakfast will be provided)

Where: BSRB Seminar Rooms

Register online

This workshop is hosted by the Office of Faculty Development, and is open to faculty only. Questions? Contact Jordan Wright at wjordan@umich.edu

Website: http://faculty.medicine.umich.edu/workshops/they-say-speaking-hard-do-bystander-intervention-responding-everyday-incidents-bias

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