2013 Diversity Roundtable

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The 2013 Diversity Roundtable will be held on June 5, 2013. The theme for the roundtable is "The Blindside: Self-Management of Fish Who Don't See Water." This year, the roundtable will include a morning session and an afternoon session which will be held in the Student Center Theatre and Ballroom, respectively. To learn more, click on the sections below.

Morning Sessions

The morning sessions will begin in the Student Center Theatre at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude at 11:00 a.m.

8:30 to 9:15 a.m. - Opening Our Eyes to Diversity & Developing Intercultural Competency
Dr. Charlotte Hamlin will discuss the complexity and importance of culture and how cognitive processing of perceptions and interpretation of cultural differences impact organizational climate, relationships, and teamwork. The session will include:

  • A personal story in which Hamlin examines "self-talk" and her own cultural lenses and assumptions
  • "Bus Accident," an enchanting "perspectives" role play
  • A discussion about why culture matters; collective multiculturalism; and the impact of assumptions, stereotypes, group norms, and communication patterns/styles
  • A look at the way our minds play tricks on us
  • An exploration of the three dimensions of Intercultural Competency

9:15 to 11:00 a.m. - Our Stories: A Mirror Toward Our Boxes & Our Stuff
Storytelling takes center stage in this compelling discovery process that will challenge attendees to consider issues they may have never fully explored. The audience will generate self-insight regarding their cultural assumptions and fear of personal disclosure; examine their levels of personal courage; see diversity through new lenses; and gain new insights to foster behaviors that build inclusive excellence.

Diversity Roundtable Luncheon

The Blindside: Self-Management of Fish Who Don't See Water
The luncheon will begin in the Student Center Ballroom at 11:30 a.m. and will conclude at 1:30 p.m. "Diversity Drama" takes center stage in this compelling discovery process that will challenge the audience to consider issues they may have never fully explored. Diversity dramatists will present interactive scenarios that depict diversity challenges and will help attendees see diversity through fresh lenses. The dramatic scenarios will engage participants in examining:

  • How communication styles are informed by cultural affiliation
  • The unintended consequences of language and non-verbal behavior on relationships
  • How the concept of "cultural fit" influences decision-making and impacts inclusive excellence

2013 Diversity Roundtable Committee

  • Event Co-Chair: Pearl Alexander, Senior Director, HR
  • Event Co-Chair: Cheryl Cofield, Director, Diversity & Culture
  • Event Co-Chair: Julie Ancis, AVP, Institute Diversity
  • Dawn Stacks
  • Laura Pusateri
  • Matt Werner
  • Nicole Brown
  • Stephanie Ray
  • Jinwoo Lee
  • Alisha Adrian Waller
  • Hyen Sung
  • Tionna Carthon
  • Nicole Stephens
  • Leslie Sharp
  • Marielle Thomas