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Equity & Diversity (13)

All things being equal… or not.

Sunday, 16 December 2018 05:01

Miles of Time

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a Hollywood film (albeit animation) deserving of great recognition for the representation and role model it provides to aspiring young black and Latino men. For years, Hollywood has been described as being too white, racist, sexist, and lacking proper representation of diversity and inclusion in hit films. We've seen a changing trend over recent years of films like Hidden Figures and Black Panther showing strong people of color represented in positive…
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 22:11

OED Certificate Recap

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This series of equity and diversity workshops for the OED Certificate was a good course of action. Each seminar is focused on a different aspect of issues related to equity and diversity. I'm certified… certified that I know how much I really don't know. I took the Office of Equity & Diversity workshops. I decided to enhance that experience with the Advanced Certificate by attending a 2-hour dialogue circle once a month during…
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 17:07

OED #9: Disability and Advancing Access

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I've struggled with a disability for many years. I have bipolar disorder, which leans more towards the depression side. I have low energy but an active mind. This is an invisible disability. I'm medicated and participate in regular therapy sessions to cope with my challenges. For some, adaptation is not so easy. I struggle with allowing these invisible, mental disabilities in as valid keys to accommodation. This is because of the struggles I've…
Saturday, 11 April 2015 17:06

OED #10 GLBTQandA

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I can't speak for anyone's experience but my own. So when it was time to attend the GLBTQ and Ally workshop, it was sensitive. It is a community I began with at the age of 16 when I came out to myself. I wasn't active until I was 19, and I went through difficult adjustments of sexual practice and identity. That's now at issue here. Rather, I am examining the relationships I do have with…
Off the record, I see solutions at work for many arguments of inequity and homogeneous nature of various organizations. I refer to the collection of portraits in the Presidents Room, as if being a while male is a required demography for President of the University of Minnesota. What is the opposite of the white man? What will it take to balance the room or presidents? A single, atheist, gay woman of dark skin color. I…
Friday, 27 March 2015 17:04

OED #8: Breaking the Glass Ceiling

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WIIFM. What's in it for men. This Office of Equity and Diversity workshop was about women and the glass ceiling. As is tradition, it is pointed out that the portraits on the wall of the Presidents Room is white men. We did a variety of exercises to discuss and demonstrate the glass ceiling, and what men and women can both do to overcome the negative drawbacks of a university run by men. As…
Friday, 03 April 2015 17:04

OED #7: Race, Racism, and Privilege

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I think it's hard to understand privilege when you are in the majority. That said, I have trouble with race and privilege. I don't understand it. It doesn't click because it makes so little sense to me to NOT be culturally diverse and equitable. I have worked in so many situations where there's been people of color, and we worked together just fine. The other day, I was talking about how diverse my…
Friday, 27 March 2015 17:03

OED #6: Educating about Equity and Diversity

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There were five tips for educators of equity and diversity: Assess the situation. Model the behavior you want. Model active listening behaviors. Use yourself as an example. Reframe. Reframe. Reframe. We identified some challenges and strategies for addressing those challenges: Challenge #1: Saying the right thing. Strategies include: having a discussion versus proving right, keeping relationship, and be open minded & listen. Challenge #2: Building Confidence. Strategies include: practicing with friends, family, and…
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