Core Concepts Series, Spring 2018

Join IDE's Office of Inclusive Engagement for the spring 2018 Core Concepts Series, hosted in collaboration with the College of Engineering. Understanding issues of inclusion, diversity and equity requires both personal reflection and collective participation. The Core Concepts Series utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to discuss challenging topics in a supportive and open learning environment. Participants will earn a certificate of completion for attendance at all three workshops.

Session 1

Monsanto: Unconscious Bias
Alejandro Cornejo, Inclusion & Diversity Specialist at Monsanto
Noon-1:30 p.m. Feb. 21, 2018, in W1005 Lafferre Hall

The MU campus community is cordially invited to attend the first workshop of the semester. Alejandro Cornejo, Inclusion and Diversity Specialist at Monsanto, will present "Unconscious Bias." This interactive session facilitates an open dialogue about unconscious bias, creates shared understanding of how bias works and teaches how to counter its effects in order to drive more inclusive behaviors.

Difficult Dialogues
Presented by the Interactive Theatre Troupe
Noon-1:30 p.m. March 7, 2018, in W1005 Lafferre Hall

The MU campus community is cordially invited to attend an interactive theater workshop on difficult dialogues presented by MU's very own Interactive Theatre Troupe! This sketch explores student perceptions of race and ethnicity in a comical and thought-provoking discussion about the ambiguous background of Dr. Blair, one of their professors. By the time another faculty member enters the dialogue, the students have turned to a more heated debate about whether Dr. Blair was an "affirmative action hire." This interactive sketch provides a rich opportunity to explore issues such as language use, political correctness, affirmative action, racial/cultural identity, respectful dialogue, and the relevance of difficult dialogues to seemingly unrelated course content.

Imposter Syndrome: What is it and how do we deal with it?
Dr. Tojan Rahal, Director of Diversity and Outreach Initiatives, Adjunct Asst. Professor, Bioengineering, College of Engineering
Noon-1:30 p.m. April 4, 2018, in W1004 Lafferre Hall

The MU campus community is cordially invited to attend the third session in this series. Dr. Tojan Rahhal from the College of Engineering’s Diversity and Outreach Initiatives Office will present "Imposter Syndrome." This interactive session will explore how biases can be internalized in the form of stereotype threat and imposter syndrome. Participants will discuss what these terms mean, the negative impact that they can have, strategies to overcome them within ourselves, and ways to avoid triggering them in others.

Session 2

Join IDE's Office of Inclusive Engagement for Session Two of the Core Concepts Series, hosted in collaboration with Missouri Health Equity Collaborative (MOHEC).

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Participants must attend all workshops offered during Sessions 1 and 2 to earn a Certificate of Completion.

Otherness and Belonging. Obstacles to Inclusion: Implicit Bias & Microaggressions
Alejandra Gudiño, Educational Programing Coordinator, Office of Inclusive Engagement, IDE
Noon-1:30p.m. April 3, 2018, School of Medicine, Room M437

The word belong has two meanings. To belong is to be related to and a part of something. The second meaning of the word belong has to do with being an owner: something belongs to me. To belong to a community is to act as a creator and co-owner of that community. While we have a desire to foster learning environments that encourage deep engagement, the way the unconscious brain influences our interpretations, beliefs, thoughts, feelings, reactions, actions and decisions present challenges for teaching, learning and engaging. The objective is to have a deeper discussion to give you skills to move from awareness to actions.

Hot Buttons & LARA
Ioana Staiculescu, Senior Program Coordinator MOHEC, MU Center for Health Policy
Noon-1:30p.m. April 17, 2018, School of Medicine, Room M437

LARA is a strategy for nonviolent dialogue that was developed by Quakers in Oregon in 1992, as a way to practice nonviolence and relationship building. Hot Buttons is a workshop design by the Inclusion Institute for Healthcare to help participants engage in meaningful dialogue with each other by providing them with useful communication tools. Some of the objectives are:

  • Help participants recognize (identify) their hot buttons (trigger points)
  • Understand that how we respond to these incidents will impact how our response is received and often what action will follow.
  • Introduce helpful tools that assist participants in interrupting these incidents

Critical Empathy: Privilege, Allyship, and Advocacy. A Plan for Action
Alejandra Gudiño, Educational Programing Coordinator, Office of Inclusive Engagement, IDE
Ioana Staiculescu, Senior Program Coordinator MOHEC, MU Center for Health Policy
Noon-1:30p.m. May 1, 2018, School of Medicine, Room M437

The Society for General Internal Medicine defines empathy as "the act of correctly acknowledging the emotional state of another without experiencing that state oneself." Empathy is also critical to enhance communication and engagement, and in turn makes us feel empowered, proactive and in charge. But a person can be privileged in one context and powerless in another. For this reason, we are combining two pedagogical strategies: critical thinking and empathy, to discuss the construction of knowledge, to help us understand our privileges and to generated strategies to work collaboratively and build alliances to advocate for improvement and for change.