Diversity Means More: Weaving advocacy, professional development into huddles and team meetings

April 13, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership, ,
Diversity Means More: Utilizing huddles to promote workplace advocacy

The Advocacy and Professional Development subcommittee of the Anti-Racism Oversight Committee (AROC) seeks to integrate the values of anti-racism into everyday work at Michigan Medicine. Indeed, the ultimate goal is for those values to become a sustainable element of the organization’s medical community and culture.  

As part of the subcommittee’s short-term action plans, Advocacy and Professional Development is working to create meeting discussion guides to encourage conversation and promote work behavior that is unbiased in nature and advances innovative approaches in practice. 

Future templates and plans

The subcommittee is in the process of developing one-page templates that managers and supervisors can use at the beginning of their ongoing, regular staff meetings and huddles. 

Starting in July, managers will have access to these templates that walk them through a different discussion topic each month. Topics will correlate with quarterly overarching themes that align with other Michigan Medicine priorities and culture initiatives, including allyship, empathy and civility.

Templates are structured to focus on a 15-minute activity each month, beginning with a 5-minute short video based on that month’s theme. The video segment will feature questions and thought statements for viewers to think about throughout the duration of the video.

Following the video, the next seven minutes will focus on an interactive group discussion and reflection around the thoughts or feelings experienced while viewing the content.

The final three minutes of the activity involves putting learning into action and answering questions, such as: “How can we apply what we’ve discussed today into our daily work?” and “What can I do moving forward to make the change we want to see in our culture?”

Other resources

The Advocacy and Professional Development subcommittee will also provide managers and supervisors with facilitation resources in conjunction with the templates. Additionally, there will be a video modeling a similar conversation and workshops available for managers and supervisors to practice holding these discussions. 

Updates and additional resources will be shared on the Advocacy and Professional Development webpage in the weeks ahead.

Save the date!

Join the AROC Advocacy & Professional Development Subcommittee for a civility Zoom session:

When: Wednesday, June 23, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

What: The Civility Project with Nolan Finley and Stephen Henderson brings their story and their perspectives on the importance of civility, despite different stances and perspectives, to communities, workplaces and audiences throughout the Midwest. 

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • Agree to disagree
  • Engage in civil conversation
  • Build respect for each other’s humanity
  • Learn to listen to other sides
  • Use what you hear to challenge or affirm your own views
  • Stay curious

Registration information coming soon and will be shared in Headlines!

This is one in a series of stories regarding the action plans being implemented by subcommittees of the Anti-Racism Oversight Committee. The first story, on the importance of storytelling, can be found here

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