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DIVERSITY TIP OF THE WEEK: Understand Others by Understanding Yourself

Event Type(s): Other,Diversity

If we desire to work effectively with people different from ourselves, learning about "them" is only half the job. Understanding yourself is just as important. Periodic self-reflection is valuable, because through it we come to know our personal values and how they affect our behavior. For example, imagine what our committee or staff meetings would look like if we were aware of those moments when we interrupt or ignore other people, perhaps based on their identities or values. How might our self-awareness change the way we interact? Take time to become aware of your "lenses" and how they affect your own behavior, especially around people who differ from you. Even one minute of self-reflection can do a world of good.

--Gloria Bouis, Executive Director, Office of Diversity Education and Compliance

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

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