You’re invited: DEI and well-being Round Table Conversation

January 11, 2023  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

The Frankel Cardiovascular Center DEI Well-being Committee, in collaboration with Human Resources’ Organizational Learning office, is offering a monthly conversation series focused on various topics related to culture and well-being for U-M faculty and staff.

The Round Table Conversations will provide a safe space to:

  • Explore various DEI and well-being related topics and/or issues together
  • Bring your full self to work and share your voice
  • Build relationships and form a community that promotes authentic communication

The series was co-developed and is facilitated by Joi Rencher, LMSW, FCVC project manager for culture, well-being and community outreach; and Sara Wiener, LMSW, project manager for Organizational Learning.

Prior Round Table Conversations have focused on foundational discussions that help prepare participants to engage in heavier topics in the future. 

Foundation topics have included: How to Lean Into Constructive Discomfort, Lived Experience vs. Opinion, and Intention vs. Impact

This month, the January topic will focus on: Confronting and Coping with Microaggressions in the Health Care Space. 

Microaggressions are “the everyday verbal, nonverbal and environmental slights, snubs or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership” (2010). 

When: 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 26

Where: Danto Auditorium and Zoom

During this conversation, guest facilitator Chelsea Fisk, MI-AORTA research lab technician, will help share anonymous stories from those in our community who have experienced microaggressions in the health care space to help attendees:

  • better empathize with those who have been a target of a microaggression,
  • increase understanding of the lasting emotional and mental impact of experiencing a microaggression,
  • and critically think about how to be an ally and support our colleagues who have been micro-aggressed.

If you would like to anonymously tell your story of microaggressions in health care that may be shared during the workshop, please complete the Confronting and Coping with Microaggressions in Health Care Space Survey.

If you have an idea for future topics and/or would like to discuss facilitating a conversation yourself around a DEI and/or well-being topic that you are passionate about, please drop your suggestions in the “Idea Box.”