The Struggle Is Real! When Race Makes You the Designated Expert (Whether You Really Are or Not)

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Concurrent Session
The Struggle Is Real! When Race Makes You the Designated Expert (Whether You Really Are or Not)
10/19/2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM |
Track: Discrimination in the Workplace

| Intended Audience: All Levels
Workplace Application:
The Struggle is Real is an open, honest and highly interactive workshop designed to explore what happens when African Americans in the workplace become the “designated expert.”  

Police brutality.

Social injustice.

Protests in the streets.

Following the murder of yet another unarmed Black man on May 25th, the United States—and the world—came to the realization that race relations in America had to be addressed. Many companies responded with statements. Some posted “Black Lives Matters” signs on the doors of their businesses. Others used the event as an impetus to examine their internal policies and procedures. While all these actions were steps in the right direction, many companies erred in their efforts to respond appropriately. How? By making it the responsibility of the African American employees to drive diversity and inclusion for their organizations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Share and discuss the experiences of African American professionals in a pre- and post-George Floyd world
  • Explore the social-emotional-professional impact of race in the workplace
  • Learn how, when and whether to accept (or assign) added responsibilities that are outside one’s primary area of expertise

Who should attend: While this workshop is designed to address the unique challenges faced by African American professionals, any person who is committed to creating an inclusive workplace by supporting the professional development of all employees can benefit from attending.

Karen M.R. Townsend, Ph.D Photo
Karen M.R. Townsend, Ph.D, President, KTownsend Consulting