2013 - 2014

Diversity Dialogues Archives, 2013-2014

The third year of the FAS Diversity Dialogue series was offered in partnership by the FAS Dean's Office, FAS Human Resources, and the Radcliffe Institute. The 2013-2014 dialogues provided a forum for discussion focused on cultural competence, relationship building, and ways to neutralize biases.

Cultural Competence: A Best Practice for Neutralizing Bias
Presented by Michael Sidney Fosberg, actor, author, activist
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where does one start the dialogue, and how do we effect change? White, black, male, female, gay, straight, religions, dialects, even names affect the way we see, talk with and otherwise interact with each other. This presentation demonstrated how we can respect and honor each other as individuals, using cultural competency as a baseline.

Introductory remarks by David R. Williams, Ph.D., M.P.H., Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies and of Sociology, Harvard University

Click here to read the Harvard Gazette article covering the event

Mentoring and Relationship Building in Culturally Competent Organizations
Presented by Eddie Pate, Ph.D., Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Avanade Inc.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This interactive lecture provided practical advice and guidance on creating relationship systems that support the development of a diverse workforce.

Introductory remarks by Peter V. Marsden, Edith and Benjamin Geisinger Professor of Sociology, and Dean of Social Science, Harvard University

Click here to read the Harvard Gazette article covering the event.
View the video from the Dialogue.

Managing Your Biases as a Step Towards Cultural Competence
Presented by Gail Price-Wise, M.S. ’86, founder and President, Florida Center for Cultural Competence

Thursday, October 31, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Student Organization Center at Hilles, 104 Event Hall, 59 Shepard Street, Cambridge

This engaging session focused on the topic of cultural competence, and how we must manage our own biases before we can truly become culturally competent.

Introductory remarks by Joan Y. Reede, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., M.B.A., Associate Professor of Medicine, Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership, Harvard Medical School

Click here to read the Harvard Gazette article covering the event.

View parts 1 and 2 below of the video from the Dialogue.

Part 1
Part 2