Webinar - Guest presenter: Johannes Strobel (Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies…
Invitation: Be Ready to Make It Awkward
a practical workshop to practice responding to discriminatory comments
October 5th, 15-16h30 CET
You know that moment when someone says something biased that you struggle to know how to respond to?
Inspired by Lamb et al.’s finding that speaking up to problematic comments is a skill than can be improved with practice (2009), this @work allows participants to experience a workshop that seeks to improve contribute to a more equitable campus culture. Developing a culture where people speak up is a valuable, if small, goal since speaking up in response to problematic comments has been shown to have appreciable benefits (Czopp et al., 2006; Gervais, Hillard, & Vescio, 2010; Rasinski & Czopp, 2010; Rasinski, Geers, & Czopp, 2013). The workshop uses participative activities to allow attendees to refine their skills and strengthen their confidence to speak up when they hear discriminatory statements. This is important because while most people believe they will call out prejudice when they encounter it, in fact less than 50% actually do (Swim & Hyers, 1999).
This interactive online workshop can help expand your repertoire of responses & refine your technique. Specifically, we will practice
- choosing words that clearly communicate that biased comments are not acceptable,
- employing non-verbal communication modes to build trust and diffuse tension,
- fostering learning environments which are inclusive and respectful of all people.
We will also share some lessons learned from the approximately 30 editions of this workshop, held either online or on campus, for over 400 students, teachers, and staff in Swiss higher education institutions.
« …encouraged me to actually speak up and call people out. Also nice to get to know what would be a good response if you yourself say something inappropriate (which happens). »
« I very much appreciated the format of the workshop and attention to “practice”. »
Siara Isaac, PhD and Vivek Ramachandran, PhD – École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
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