diversity and inclusion Archives - Joy Wiggins PhD

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion: Practice of Interrupting Microaggressions

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We (Kami J. Anderson and Joy Wiggins) are presenting two workshops at the prestigious, Forum on Workplace Inclusion conference in Minneapolis, MN.

Whether you are a bystander, victim or perpetrator, it can be hard to intervene or even know what to say when you or someone else says something insensitive or discriminatory. These seemingly subtle, but discriminatory behaviors are called microaggressions and can not only be hard on their morale, but also be detrimental to their emotional and physical health. This workshop provides tools and strategies for engaging in real- life scenarios that interrupt bias and microaggressions when they come up. Using Byron Katie’s model of four questions and Leticia Nieto’s ADDressing model that focuses on Agent (Power) and Target (Non-Power) Ranks, this interactive workshop focuses on self-reflection, deep meaningful conversations and actionable strategies to examine power and privilege without blame or shame. Participants walk away with a specific vision statement or action plan to implement immediately.

Women supporting Women in Leadership Through Empowerment and Solidarity

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Kami J. Anderson and Joy Wiggins will present an ongoing learning lab in the marketplace of the Forum on Workplace Inclusion conference in Minneapolis, MN.

Women undermine each other in subtle and explicit ways across different social identities. Sabotage looks like judgments and assumptions about each other based on society’s impossible standards for women: body image, motherhood, work/life balance, cultural expectations and what good leadership should look like. We can start to take an active approach in better supporting ourselves and other women by understanding how to prevent sabotage from happening in the first place.  Preventing sabotage requires that we recognize that it is happening in the first place, and in time to do something about it.  Once we learn to recognize in our own actions, it is possible to make a different choice, interrupt our action, and take action to improve our world rather than perpetuate injustices.  By learning about our feminist cultural history and the systems that keep us in competition with one another, we begin to unravel the binds and figure out solutions to empower ourselves and each other.

Joy Wiggins Bringing Equity and Inclusion Education to Whatcom County

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I am featured in WhatcomTalk, promoting equity and inclusion in Whatcom County, Washington. I am passionate about working with and supporting local businesses and working sustainably as much as I can. I’m also proud to be working with Sustainable Connections, where they promote local businesses with programs like zero waste, local food vendors and farms and sustainable businesses.

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