Rise and Shine with the Diversity and Inclusion Core Concepts Series

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 & Inclusion Foundations: Moving Toward Inclusive Excellence

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017
9-10:30 a.m
Memorial Union S016

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) gain an understanding of the new inclusive excellence framework, c) explore the impact of identities in workplace interactions and relationships, and d) learn some critical concepts for improving workplace relationships, practices and culture.

Presented by: Dr. Marlo Goldstein Hode, Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity


An Introduction to Implicit Bias, Stereotype Threat and Imposter Syndrome

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
9-10:30 a.m.
Memorial Union N103A (Stotler I)

This interactive session takes the conversation on implicit bias in a new direction. Often times, we discuss implicit bias in terms of how it impacts the way we perceive and treat others. In this session, we will explore how biases can be internalized in the form of stereotype threat and imposter syndrome. We will discuss what these terms mean, the negative impact that they can have, and strategies to overcome them within ourselves, and ways to avoid triggering them in others. This is an introductory-level workshop for those who are unfamiliar with these concepts and would like to discuss them with their peers in a safe and relaxed atmosphere.

Presented by: Dr. Tojan Rahhal, Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity


Active Listening for Building Trust, Resolving Conflicts and Enhancing Relationships

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
9-10:30 a.m.
Memorial Union N103C (Stotler III)

We are all taught to read and write, but how many of us are taught to listen? Many of us might consider ourselves good listeners and yet both research and human experience show that misunderstanding and misinterpretation are all too common. Active listening skills can help us resolve conflicts more effectively; build trust with employees, colleagues, and students; enhance customer service; and improve both personal and professional relationships. In this interactive session, participants will: a) explore the challenges and importance of active listening, b) learn the 12 Communication Blockers and when to avoid them, c) become aware of perceptual filters that may get in the way of understanding what is being said, and d) learn and practice three key active-listening skills.

Presented by: Dr. Marlo Goldstein Hode, Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity

This session is full. Please consider our Constructive Communication Series.