Diversity and Inclusion Core Concepts Series
in Collaboration with The Bridge

The Bridge: Connecting Our Shared Humanity

Foundations for understanding and enhancing inclusion on campus

Diversity and inclusion are labels used to express complex, multi-faceted organizational strategies, goals, and values. The purpose of this series is to provide faculty and staff with a foundational understanding of some core concepts related to enhancing diversity and inclusion on our campus.

We welcome requests for ADA accommodations. Please contact us at diversity@missouri.edu or 573-882-8532.


Diversity and Inclusion Foundations: Who, what, why and how?

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
223 Townsend Hall

The purpose of this session is to provide participants with some foundational concepts related to creating an organizational culture that is welcoming and inclusive. In this session, participants will a) gain a nuanced understanding of the various meanings of, and the potential impact of, diversity in higher education and the workplace, b) explore the impact of identities in workplace interactions and relationships, and c) learn some critical concepts for improving workplace relationships, practices, and culture.


Recognizing and Addressing Microaggressions

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
223 Townsend Hall

Microaggressions are subtle, frequent, and often unintentional comments and behaviors that demean individuals and groups based on race, gender, social class, sexual orientation, disability, etc . They can have a devastating impact on people’s physical and mental well-being, as well as their ability to fully engage as members of any working or learning community. In this session, participants will a) learn to recognize microaggressions, b) understand the issue of intent vs. impact, c) increase awareness in order to avoid making unintentional microaggressions, and d) learn strategies for addressing and confronting microaggressions. By building our awareness and skills in dealing with microaggressions, we can work towards a more inclusive learning and working environment for everyone.


Understanding and Overriding Unconscious Bias

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
223 Townsend Hall

Everyone has biases; some are conscious and some are unconscious. Our biases about other people may positively or negatively influence our thoughts, actions, and opinions. When it comes to workplace activities and relationships, these biases can influence decisions in ways that we may not be aware of. Therefore, being able to recognize our unconscious biases and not act upon them is a key competence area for managers, supervisors, and anyone else who is concerned with fairness and equity in the workplace. In this session, participants will a) gain a basic understanding of the neuroscience of bias b) learn some of the ways that biases play out in the workplace c) explore various types of bias, and d) strategize ways to override biases in decision making.


What’s Culture Got to Do with It? Developing cultural awareness

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
223 Townsend Hall

As our neighborhoods and workplaces become increasingly diverse, an understanding of culture and its effect on communication and conflict is more important than ever. In this session, participants will a) gain an increased understanding of the concept of culture, b) explore the impact on values, perceptions, and behaviors c) learn a framework for cultural competence and how it applies to your work environment.