The CNHS Committee on Inclusive Excellence welcomes UVM faculty, staff and students to this year’s professional development series.

Seeing and Disrupting Racism - March 23, 3 - 4 p.m. (online), April 6, 4 - 5 p.m. (in person)

Hosted by the Peace and Justice Center of Vermont, Seeing and Disrupting Racism defines racism and gives participants insight into the ways that racism manifests from the individual to the systemic level. Session topics will include: power and prejudice; types of racism; intersectionality; the pyramid of White Supremacy; and the Codeswitch podcast.

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Past Sessions

Seeing and Disrupting Racism - March 2, 12 - 1 p.m. (online)

Hosted by the Peace and Justice Center of Vermont, Seeing and Disrupting Racism defines racism and gives participants insight into the ways that racism manifests from the individual to the systemic level. Workshop participants will consider how racism is perpetuated and brainstorm ways to address racist acts when they see them. For more information or to register, contact Emily Coderre at Emily.Coderre@med.uvm.edu.

Leaning in to the vulnerability of conversations around diversity (led by Emily Coderre) - Oct. 27, 12-1 p.m. online via Zoom

Talking about diversity – whether it be with students, colleagues, friends, or family – can often be a daunting and uncomfortable endeavor. Discussing the inequities in our society and examining our own biases can bring up intense feelings of discomfort and fear around saying the “wrong thing”. In an attempt to avoid this discomfort, many people, particularly those who identify with majority populations, avoid having these conversations altogether. In this brown bag session, we will explore themes of vulnerability and ideas for how to lean in to the discomfort of these conversations.

Working with individuals with limited English proficiency (led by Justine Dee) - Nov. 16, 12-1 p.m. online via Zoom

Effective use of language helps to build therapeutic alliances with our patients. This alliance can be impacted if the provider does not speak the same language as their patient. This brown bag session will provide space to share strategies for best practice when working with patients with limited English proficiency.

Caring for LGBTQ+ Young People: The Who, What, Where and When - Feb. 12

Learn ways to create safe spaces for LGBTQ+ young people in our community. What's new in LGBTQ+ care, what pronouns to use and how to be a support will be covered in this lunchtime panel discussion (please bring your own lunch). 12-1 p.m., UVM Med Center McClure Lobby Conference Room near Harvest Cafe. Featuring Theresa Emery of the UVM Children's Hospital Transgender Youth Program and David Glidden of Outright Vermont; sponsored by the UVM Children's Hospital Education Creativity Team. For more information: (802) 656-3243.

InclusifiED Workshop for Educators - Sessions available Oct. 17, 18

Facilitator/Presenter: STEM faculty Kelly Hogan and Viji Sathy of the University of North Carolina

Historically marginalized populations are underrepresented in professional health, STEM, and education fields and the University of Vermont is committed to the preparation of a diverse workforce in these areas. A critical step in this mission is the transformation of classroom, lab and experiential settings where students learn in ways that add structure and equity. Learn more >>

Toxic Whiteness Discussion for Students - Oct. 31, Nov. 18

Facilitator/Presenter: Peace & Justice Center of Burlington, VT

Ready to take your learning about racism to a new level? This space is held specifically to process how white supremacy culture is toxic to white people. The hope is that by joining this space, white people will be better able to allow for the emotional needs of people of color to take priority in multi-racial spaces. This program will be led by staff from the Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, VT. Open to everyone; no preparation required to attend. Oct. 31 - 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. in Rowell 107; Nov. 18 - 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. in Davis Center Jost Foundation Room. For more information email Mary Alice Favro at maryalice.favro@med.uvm.edu or call (802) 656-3858.

Toxic Whiteness Discussion for Faculty/Staff - Oct. 31, Nov. 18

Facilitator/Presenter: Peace & Justice Center of Burlington, VT

Ready to take your learning about racism to a new level? This space is held specifically to process how white supremacy culture is toxic to white people. The hope is that by joining this space, white people will be better able to allow for the emotional needs of people of color to take priority in multi-racial spaces. This program will be led by staff from the Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, VT. Open to everyone; no preparation required to attend. Sessions held from 12-1 p.m. in Rowell 107. For more information email Mary Alice Favro at maryalice.favro@med.uvm.edu or call (802) 656-3858.

So You Want to Talk About Race Book Discussion - Nov. 8, Dec. 6

Facilitator/Presenter: Jamie Gay, UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences

"I don’t like talking about race. I can’t stand it. I do not enjoy a minute of it. I would rather be talking about plenty of other things. I have to talk about race. And I want to make progress on issues of race. It’s funny that I titled my book 'So you want to talk about race,' ’cause I don’t really know a lot of people that want to talk about race, but, I guess, saying 'You have to talk about race' sounds a little odd to put on a book." - Ijeoma Oluo

In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America. Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy--from police brutality to the mass incarceration of Black Americans--has put a media spotlight on racism in our society. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair--and how do you make it right? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend? In ‘So You Want to Talk About Race’, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.

Nov. 8, 12-1 p.m. in Rowell 107: Chapters 1-3, Is it really about race?, What is racism?, What if I talk about race wrong?; Dec. 6, 12-1 p.m. in Rowell 107: Chapters 4-6, Why am I always being told to check my privilege?, What is intersectionality and why do I need it?, Is police brutality really about race? Contact Jamie Gay at jamie.gay@med.uvm.edu for loaner copies of the book.

For more information contact Emily.Coderre@med.uvm.edu.