Pushing back against everyday sexism

Académique ou spécialiste
21.03.2024 09:15 - 17:00

Description and objectives
This workshop seeks to increase PhD’s and postdocs’ skills in identifying and countering potential negative effects of discrimination in their lives and those of their colleagues. During the workshop, we will practice techniques and approaches to respond to various professional situations (including those brought by participants). The focus will primarily be on addressing bias encountered in other people; however, we will also explore how we have each internalized some beliefs that are not necessarily coherent with our professed views.

The workshop will follow a 3-part structure:
• It’s still alive! — Recognizing and challenging discrimination in your life (micro-aggressions, intersectionality, implicit bias, mansplaining)
• Sisterhood — Finding mentors and supporting others (amplifying, spotlighting, networking, avoiding anti-mentors)
• Self-Care — Choosing your battles and developing your internal compass (self-confidence, legal resources, work/life balance)

Approach This workshop is highly participative and employs multiple strategies to promote skill development (including personal reflection, small group discussion and collaborative problem solving).
21.03.2024 09:15 - 17:00
Rue du Général-Dufour 24, 1204 Genève
Service égalité, diversité et inclusion
Manuela Schicka
Joelyn de Lima
Pedagogical advisor, EPFL
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Date limite: 19.03.2024


CYCLE d'événements:
Ally training for men: How to stand up against discrimination, sexism and bias

Description and objectives
Has it ever happened to you that you witnessed a situation where somebody got treated
unfairly and you felt bad because you did not know how to react? Or did a female or
minority colleague of yours complain about being discriminated and you did not know
how to support them?

In this workshop participants will explore how they can stop being passive bystanders
and become active upstanders and allies in situations where others are confronted with
discrimination, sexism and bias. In this workshop participants will learn that they can
have a positive impact in challenging situations and leave with a toolbox of smart
intervention strategies. Knowing how to speak-up for others will also help you to learn
to speak up for yourself with courage and confidence.

The workshop will focus on three elements:
• Awareness: How to recognize (subtle) discrimination and understand why it is harmful not just for the targets, but the entire team or organization.
• Obstacles: Why is speaking up difficult.
• Skills: How to listen, learn and engage towards positive change of behavior without creating aggression and defensiveness.

This workshop is highly interactive. We will play a simulations game to kick off an open
discussion on participants’ own experiences. They will learn from each other and get introduced to various techniques like centering or active listening, that will help them
to become fearless and skillful allies for a more human workplace of dignity, equality
and innovation.
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