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Words Matter: The Language of Diversity, Understanding, and Acceptance
Join us on November 16 at 9-10:15 am PT for our next webinar as part of the Making Our Strong Community, Stronger collaborative initiative for diversity, equity and inclusion. In this discussion we take an unflinching look at the role of language in our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. We’ll see how fluid language is today and discover the importance of supporting the evolution of vocabulary to drive greater equity, inclusion and acceptance across our increasingly diverse community.

Words have power. They can connect or divide. Create friends or enemies. Without clarity and common ground, words can foster generational misunderstandings, inflicting harm and holding us back from societal, personal or cultural advancement. But words can also build the bedrock for new levels of progress, appreciation and humanity. If you doubt the power of words, ask yourself this: have you tip-toed around how to address a person or group of people for fear of “saying the wrong thing” or offending them?

Our panelists will openly discuss words, phrases and concepts that have entered our collective lexicon but are being met with confusion or even hostility by some, while welcomed and celebrated by many. Where are the triggers with this new language and how can we move past what is potentially blocking progress or understanding?

Moderator Dr. Gloria Chance, President/CEO of The Mousai Group, will lead the discussion with panelists:
- Alysha M. Campbell, CEO, CultureShift HR
- Michael Daubman, Director Product Management, Broadcom Mainframe Software
- Shahed Alqadi, Project Manager, BMC Software
- Nik Harris, Director of Strategic Outreach & Engagement, Human Rights Campaign
- Jane Kerzhenetseva, Delivery Manager & Inclusion Lead, Rocket Software

This fall webinar event is made available by the Making Strong Communities Stronger Collaborative Initiative sponsors: BMC, Broadcom Mainframe Software, IBM, Open Mainframe Project, Rocket Software, TechChannel and VirtualZ Computing.

Nov 16, 2022 09:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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