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Diversity and Inclusion (DI) Series

An opportunity to explore the intricate relationship between identities and life experiences, along with understanding the impact of diversity, inclusion, and equity in society and in science.

About the series

This series will cover fundamental aspects of diversity and inclusion while nurturing your growth as allies and advocates for diversity and inclusion within your workplaces, communities, and the broader scientific enterprise.

The series is helpful for trainees just starting out, those contemplating their next educational move, and those who are mentoring others.

How to attend

There are five sessions in the series. Each includes a lecture and small group discussion where you can share experiences and hear from peers. While it is best to attend the entire series, you may attend individual sessions. Trainees who participate in all five lectures and attend at least four small group discussions will receive a certification of completion.

Details concerning the next series will be shared by Fall 2024. Search for upcoming sessions on our Upcoming Events page.

Note: Unit I of this series is required for participation in the OITE Management Short Course.

Series components

  1. Diversity and Inclusion in a Multicultural Society

    This workshop offers an introduction to diversity, inclusion, and social justice in a multicultural setting. It delves into defining and experiencing differences and their effects on individuals, groups, communities, and society. The discussion also encompasses mindfulness, compassion, highlighting their pivotal roles in cultivating understanding, empathy, and fostering an inclusive society. Participants will engage in small group discussions during the workshop.

  2. What and Why of Diversity: A Deep Dive

    This workshop explores the concept of diversity in-depth, covering group identities such as majority, minority, and intersectional identities. We'll explore how different identities respond to growing diversity and its impact on intergroup relations. Additionally, we'll discuss diversity's applications in various domains like health, academia, and organizations. Participants will engage in small group discussions during the workshop.

  3. Building Belonging in a Time of Othering

    This workshop explores "othering" across various aspects like race, ethnicity, immigrant status, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, and socioeconomic status. Building on previous diversity sessions, we delve into how this behavior forms in individuals and groups and ways to shift from "othering" to fostering true belonging. We'll address the benefits of belonging for individuals and society and how each of us can play a role in creating a more inclusive environment. Participants will engage in small group discussions during the workshop.

  4. Reflecting on Biases - From Awareness to Engaging in Action

    This workshop explores biases' influence on our judgments, decisions, and behaviors—whether conscious or unconscious. We'll delve into the science behind biases, understanding their origins, motivations, and their effects in various fields like the workforce, academia, and science. Reflecting on our own biases, we'll highlight that bias can be mitigated and introduce evidence-based strategies to minimize bias in everyday life. Participants will engage in small group discussions during the workshop.

  5. Bystander Intervention and Allyship

    This workshop explores bystander intervention in situations involving bullying, harassment, and/or violence. We'll discuss 5-steps of bystander intervention, including when and how to recognize a problem, how to overcome our reluctance to step-in and be a part of the solution by learning to intervene safely. We'll also explore the pivotal shift from being a bystander to embracing the role of an ally, emphasizing the practice of active allyship. Participants will engage in small group discussions during the workshop.


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