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2020 Annual Conference
The ASEE 2020 Virtual Annual Conference content is available.
Ticketed event: $50.00
Speaking Up: How Bystanders can Change the Conversation in STEMM
A workshop facilitated by Stephanie Goodwin, Ph.D., President, Incluxion Works, in collaboration with the University of New Hampshire’s PowerPlay Interactive Development improvisational theater team.
Ever wondered “Why didn’t I say something?” after witnessing social bias—a stereotype, a prejudice or discrimination—that happened in your everyday life? You’re not alone. 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. This interactive presentation will invite attendees to learn about bystander reactions to social biases and how these reactions can help or hinder decisions to speak up. Attendees will apply these concepts to everyday incidents of bias in either academic or work settings with an emphasis on understanding the challenges in STEMM contexts. PowerPlay Interactive Development’s team of improvisational actors will portray brief, familiar moments of bias and challenging interpersonal behavior. Attendees will be invited to interact, replay and experiment in conversation with the characters to understand the complexity of responding to biases and learn how to navigate these situations more successfully.
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As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Identify strategies and actions that individuals can take to respond to social bias and challenging interpersonal behavior as it happens;
2. Recognize and navigate these situations more successfully and with greater confidence; and
3. Help increase the broadening commitment to bystander/ally interventions as a contribution to culture change in STEMM.
This workshop is sponsored in part by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) through a grant from the Sloan Foundation (No. 2019-12294), and in support of this grant, AGU is evaluating the effectiveness of the workshops. Registrants will receive a link to an online Pre-Workshop Evaluation located within their confirmation email along with a registration code. The evaluation is voluntary, however, we hope you will support us in this study and complete it prior to the workshop.
Wright State University, President of Incluxion Works, Inc.
A nationally recognized scholar in diversity, equity and inclusion, Dr. Stephanie Goodwin has 20+ years of experience in higher education as a scientist, educator, and academic leader with expertise in diversity and inclusion, faculty development, and academic affairs. Her scholarly expertise includes social cognition and intergroup relations, including research on implicit social cognition and bias reduction. Founder of Incluxion Works, Inc., her "Speaking Up" workshops have promoted dialogue to change organizational culture and reduce identity harassment at 25+ universities and professional organizations across the US. She earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Goodwin is an elected Fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology.