Three-part virtual learning opportunity: March 19, April 16, and May 7 from 1-4 p.m. ET.
Our brains are designed to keep us safe, constantly monitoring our surroundings and putting up “fight or flight” barriers when we experience things that are new or different. Yet, we are also social beings, craving connection and belonging. What happens in our brains and in our bodies when we experience diversity, bias, and racism? And how do we apply brain-based strategies to ensure we don’t let fear and discomfort hinder our ability to build relationships?
This learning series will explore these key concepts, which are often overlooked in our efforts to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). It will focus on the intersection of brain science and EDI and how we can apply this knowledge to our daily work to foster stronger connections, increased healing, and greater impact.
We’ll begin with foundational brain science and EDI concepts, including the history of racial trauma in the U.S. Building on this knowledge, we’ll explore how brain functions, many of which are outside our consciousness, interrupt our efforts to overcome bias. By understanding the neurobiology, as well as how our white, dominant culture is rooted in centuries of racial trauma, we can begin to heal individually and collectively.
Participants will also begin to translate knowledge into action. We’ll discuss how to truly integrate EDI and trauma-informed efforts, as well as how to build workplaces where everyone feels well and a sense of belonging. This learning series will offer concrete strategies for:
Understanding the relationship between brain science and EDI will help all participants advance their personal equity journeys and build stronger, more impactful organizations.
Participants will learn through short lectures, thought-provoking discussions, and small group work.
Vice President of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement
Senior Program Manager
Senior Director, Change in Mind Institute
Director, Practice Excellence