Learn how to have ‘courageous conversations’ about intersectionality and public health

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diversity education online streamTo best understand how someone is experiencing the myriad changes happening during the current public health crisis, one must first understand how perspectives can change based on the intersectionality of diverse identities — everything from socioeconomic status to race, gender identity and expression, sex, sexual orientation, nationality, locale and physical and mental abilities. To help Blazers better understand those various perspectives, a four-part diversity education series is being offered during limited business operations through the Campus Learning System at uab.edu/campuslms. These courses traditionally are offered in-person across campus.

“These conversations are especially meaningful during a collective national crisis like we are experiencing today.”

Each of the sections following the introductory Awareness @ UAB video — Cultural Awareness Building Blocks, Safe Zone, Unconscious Bias and Bystander Intervention courses — will be offered via Zoom webinar throughout April. The courses do not need to be taken in a particular order, but registration is required through the LMS to receive the Zoom link and supplemental course materials. Contact Michelle Allen, Ph.D., at MMAllen6@uab.edu or 205-975-0726 with questions about diversity education.

Participation in these diversity education courses could mean the difference between returning to business-as-usual after limited business operations conclude or recovering together while implementing inclusive practices, policies and strategies that ensure all Blazers can be respected and thrive while working at UAB, says Paulette Dilworth, Ph.D., vice president for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at UAB.

“It’s imperative we continue to deliver positive messages to the UAB community and ensure we practice inclusive excellence every day,” Dilworth continued. “This crisis is the perfect opportunity to educate the UAB community about the importance of equity and inclusion and identify ways to address microaggressions and xenophobia.

Register online at uab.edu/campuslms.

“Courageous conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion should continue to be top-of-mind in our lives and in the work we do. However, these conversations are especially meaningful during a collective national crisis like we are experiencing today.”

See below for the webinar schedule; check the LMS for updates or changes.

Cultural Awareness Building Blocks

April 14, 10-11:30 a.m.

April 16, 2-3:30 p.m.

April 21, 2-3:30 p.m.

April 23, 10-11:30 a.m.

April 28, 10-11:30 a.m.

April 30, 2-3:30 p.m.

Bystander Intervention

April 15, 2-3:30 p.m.

Safe Zone

April 22, 10-11:30 a.m.

Unconscious Bias

April 29, 2-3:30 p.m.