Sensitivity and inclusion: The Office of Institutional Diversity takes a look at gendered communication

The Office of Institutional Diversity hosted a workshop on gendered communication on Oct. 3. (Photo by Cayla Williams)

The Office of Institutional Diversity hosted a workshop on gendered communication on Oct. 3. (Photo by Cayla Williams)

“How do you identify?” was one the many questions posed at a workshop on gendered communication hosted by the Office of Institutional Diversity last Thursday afternoon in Robert Scott Small.  Kristi Brian from the College’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Dr. David Moscowitz of the Department of Communication facilitated the workshop.

Open to students, faculty and staff members, the workshop consisted of various word association exercises and encouraged an open dialogue regarding gender and identity amongst its attendees. The workshop also took a look at the wide range of  gender based identities beyond the binary scope of male and female. The takeaway message was thoughtfulness in communication, with emphasis on sensitivity and use of inclusive language. Attendees were encouraged to ask questions and consider how communication between genders could be improved, as well as incorporating gender neutral pronouns into their lexicons.

For more information about future workshops and other programming, check out the Office of Institutional Diversity’s website.

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