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We are Diverse, but are we Inclusive? Striving for a Just and Equitable Workplace
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We are Diverse, but are we Inclusive? Striving for a Just and Equitable Workplace

Cost: $20 for members, $25 for non-members
Approved for HRCI and SHRM Credits

When: Thursday, July 30, 2020
12:00 PM
Where: United States

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Recent protests connected to the George Floyd incident have started a renewed wave of awareness and education regarding race, race relations, and racial injustice across the country (and world). Those living in less diverse areas and those who have not thought seriously about such matters are starting to question systemic racism and trying to make sense of it all. In addition to making official statements, many companies are beginning to examine their policies on hiring, retention, personnel management, and other HR issues from a racial justice lens. Racism, like any other “-ism,is result of the human perception process and occurs due to our socialization and communication pigeonholing people who are different from us. This cognitive categorization leads to judgment, alienation, discrimination, and harassment in our communities and workplaces.

My presentation will be instrumental in understanding what is currently going on in the country by engaging attendees in a constructive conversation. It will discuss racial differences and injustice from an institutional perspective by dwelling on systemic privilege and oppression. From an HR and personnel management (and well-being) viewpoint, participants will examine their everyday communication and behaviors that may be, advertently or inadvertently, discriminatory toward people from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and national backgrounds.

A major part of the presentation will focus on stereotypes and biases (and prejudices, time permitting), their characteristics, sources, levels, and how to recognize and avoid them. This information will be relevant and valuable to any professional, at any level of their career, because it will explore how stereotypes and biases (and prejudices) can:

  • -  affect employees and their working relationships

  • -  impede effective communication among coworkers

  • -  influence morale, productivity, and teamwork, and

  • -  result in microaggressions, discrimination, and harassment.


  • Learning Objectives:

1. Understand organizational implications of diversity and inclusion

  1. Examine racial relations and inequality from a social justice standpoint

  2. Discuss the relationship between human perception and judgment

a. Judgment types: Stereotypes, Biases (and Prejudices)

  1. Recognize how these negative behaviors manifest in the workplace

  2. Identify their causes, degrees, and how to avoid them

  3. Explore diversity from a pragmatic viewpoint, and how to move toward a more inclusive

    organizational climate

These terms, concepts, and processes draw from 16 years of Dr. Kumar’s teaching and research experience as a university professor and scholar. As a diversity consultant, her job is to simplify, find everyday organizational applications, and explain through examples, case studies, group discussions, exercises, activities, and Q&A.



Speaker Bio:


Dr. Pratibha Kumar is the Founder of Sungh Consultancy LLC, a diversity and inclusion company in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. metro region. She is an Associate Professor of Communication at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland, and her teaching and research interests include interpersonal and intercultural communication, multiculturalism, and gender. Her training philosophy is to apply relevant theoretical concepts to practical settings of organizations and personnel management in order to help companies achieve their full potential. Dr. Kumar delivers talks and presentations to local SHRM chapters as a way to give back. She also provides trainings, seminars, and coaching to organizations on D&I and communication issues. Her terminal degree and academic appointments have given her access to the latest research and information on topics of diversity and inclusion. She is a current member of the Carroll County SHRM in Maryland.

Dr. Kumar holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of North Dakota, and she has been teaching and conducting research since 2004. Her research has focused on cultural differences among astronauts on the International Space Station, social change and reform in developing countries, immigration issues, Muslims and Islamophobia, etc. She has written and presented papers at regional, national, and international academic conferences as well as spoken at non-academic, community settings. Recently, her chapter titled, “Intersection of Race and Gender: Women of Color Leading Groups” was published in an edited book, Examining Social Identities and Diversity Issues in Group Therapy: Knocking at the Boundaries