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Speaking Up: How Bystanders Can Change the Conversation about Social Bias
Ever wondered “Why didn’t I say something?” after witnessing social bias—a stereotype, a prejudice or discrimination—that happened in your everyday life? Deciding whether and how to respond to bias is complicated. Understanding what motivates us to speak up, the challenges we face when doing so, and strategies for effective responding can help bystanders to bias better evaluate their options and select effective strategies. In this dynamic workshop, attendees will first learn about bystander reactions to social biases and how these reactions can help or hinder decisions to speak up. Building on this understanding, participants will learn key strategies for speaking up that invite reflection and dialogue.
Attendees will then be invited to apply these concepts to everyday incidents of bias though facilitated interaction and discussion.
Incluxion Works, Inc.— founded by Stephanie A. Goodwin, Ph.D.–brings diversity science to bear on DEI strategy. Incluxion Works partners with organizations around the country to effect evidence-based institutional change. An elected Fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, Dr. Goodwin has 20+ years of experience in higher education as a scientist, educator, and academic leader with expertise in diversity and inclusion science, faculty development, and academic affairs. Her “Speaking Up” workshops have promoted dialogue to improve organizational culture and reduce identity harassment at 30+
universities and professional societies across the US.
PowerPlay Interactive Development — an entrepreneurial program of the University of New Hampshire, is a professional applied theatre company. We create unique training models for a diverse group of clients across the country. Our dynamic interactive model utilizes applied theatre techniques to safely engage participants in challenging conversations around bias, harassment, communication, collaboration, and leadership. PowerPlay has engaged in an extensive collaboration with Dr. Goodwin in the development and execution of this program.
David Kaye — has served on the faculty of the University of New Hampshire Department of Theatre and Dance since 1996, serving as chair for 6 years. He has published numerous book chapters and articles primarily focusing on theatre and social justice and applied theatre. He has presented at conferences spanning math, science, engineering, medicine, psychology, manufacturing, law enforcement and theatre. He is a Fulbright Scholar and has won several awards including the New England Theatre Conference Theatre Educator of the Year, University of New Hampshire Outstanding Associate Professor, and Teaching Excellence awards, the Lindberg Award for outstanding teaching and scholarship, the UNH Social Justice Award as well as regional media awards for best Director, best Actor and best new play. He has served in several leadership roles with the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and is a member of the American Association of University Professors and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Union.