• May 12, 2016
  • 7:00 pm
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 05/12/2016 7:00 pm 05/12/2016 America/Los_Angeles How to Talk About Diversity Diversity is important because it affects everyone. One of the greatest barriers to ending sexism, racism, ableism, and other forms of privilege is that we are trapped in ways of thinking that are not grounded in lived experiences. This leads us to ask the wrong questions and turns conversations about privilege into occasions for members of dominant groups to feel guilty and defensive. As a result, these important conversations either happen badly, or more often, not at all. California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Diversity is important because it affects everyone. One of the greatest barriers to ending sexism, racism, ableism, and other forms of privilege is that we are trapped in ways of thinking that are not grounded in lived experiences. This leads us to ask the wrong questions and turns conversations about privilege into occasions for members of dominant groups to feel guilty and defensive. As a result, these important conversations either happen badly, or more often, not at all. It doesn’t have to be this way. This talk provides an opportunity to learn about the experiences and perspectives of people from many different backgrounds, and provides examples and ways to talk thoughtfully about a topic that is consistently at the forefront of cultural conversation – today more so than ever.

Denise Boston, PhD, RDT, is Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, and Associate Professor in Counseling Psychology at CIIS. She has been instrumental in developing arts-based programming and Rites of Passage trainings to promote wellness among African American youth and families. Dr. Boston’s most recent research has been in collaboration with the Glide Foundation Family, Youth, and Family Center (FYCC). It has been funded by the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation and the Technology Credit Union (Tech CU).

*This Lecture is part of Big Ideas at CIIS.

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