February 13, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
BIMS Conference Room, McKim Hall 1023
1300 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, VA 22903
UVA SOM Office for Diversity and Inclusion


Date:  Wednesday, February 13

Time:  12pm-1pm (Lunch will be served)

Location:  BIMS 1023 – McKIm Hall across from the Sandridge Auditorium
Please RSVP to jjp5s@virginia.edu if you plan to attend – space is limited

Sponsored by the SOM Office of Diversity/Inclusion

There is a saying: “Nothing great ever comes from comfort zones.” The Diversity Dialogues are designed to encourage honest discussions in a safe environment with people who are in some way, different from us, about the ways that we are different and the ways that we are similar. These facilitated dialogues may feel uncomfortable, but are essential to building understanding and empathy so we can leverage our strengths and differences at work and in our communities.

The Diversity Dialogues are a series of facilitated conversations around specific topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion in our community. The same topic will be explored each month by members of different groups – trainees (students and housestaff), faculty, or staff. We will invite one group each month – this month’s group are staff. The topic will rotate every 3 months.

Our current topic is “unconscious bias”. What is unconscious bias? Unconscious biases are social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness. Everyone holds unconscious beliefs about various social and identity groups, and these biases stem from one’s tendency to organize social worlds by categorizing. In this dialogue, we will examine with each other the impact that unconscious bias has had on all of our lives.

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