DIVERSITY TIP OF THE WEEK: Do Try This at Home

Event Type(s): Other,Diversity

To interact effectively with diverse colleagues and students at work, we need to practice healthy interactions with diverse people when we're off the job. This can be most difficult at home and in our communities where people may share many of our social identities. Ask yourself: Are the people with whom I spend time like me-in ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, education and income? Is it harder for me to challenge people in my inner circle? In my interactions with others like me, do I let sexist jokes slide? Do I leave racist stereotypes unchecked, particularly if it comes from a family member? Do I speak up when someone puts down people who're not part of our group? It's important to practice "cultural competence" outside of work in order to develop our "cultural competence" at work. Do try this at home.

--Contributed by Kumea Shorter-Gooden, Ph.D.

For more information, contact:
Jenny Denton
Office of Diversity & Inclusion
+1 301 405 6810

www.diversity.umd.edu




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