Members of the MBS faculty and staff participated in an open forum on race relations on Tuesday, June 2nd which focused on the current protests around the country. The event followed a student-led dialogue on Monday sponsored by the Student Justice Committee.
“Engaging in a dialogue about race strengthens our community and promotes healing and understanding,” said MBS Director of Diversity and Inclusion Klarissa Karosen, who added that she was especially pleased by the number of people who chose to participate in the events. “I was utterly blown away by the show of solidarity and the level of care on display.”
To prepare for the discussion on Tuesday, faculty were asked to read a couple of short articles to get them thinking about the different ways we experience race: “Working While Black: 10 Racial Microaggressions Experienced in the Workplace” and “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.”
In breakout sessions, faculty and staff shared their thoughts about what is taking place around the country. They also considered what privileges they may have and what they can do with that knowledge. Finally, they considered what they can do differently in their courses, their departments, and their communities to make the situation better.