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A Day on Diversity

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Become a force for positive change in your life, work, community and relationships.

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In 2020, we’ve seen global tensions rise to an all time high.

The death of George Floyd, Black Lives Matter, Brexit and the #MeToo movement have shown us that we can no longer afford to remain uninformed on issues surrounding diversity.

In fact, our ability to move forward as a society depends upon us becoming educated in this area.

Given the complex social environment we now find ourselves in, we need leaders and change-makers, who understand (and are able to implement) the latest scientific approaches to diversity in their workplaces, communities, and in their relationships with others.

This is why, for this online conference, we’ve brought together some of the world’s leading experts on the subject, including Harvard psychologists, bestselling authors, and university professors at the forefront of their fields – who will share with you their cutting edge approaches to diversity.

If you are interested in becoming a force for positive change in the world and impacting those around you, then this event is for you.

You’ll discover:

  • Diversity, Intersectionality and Psychotherapy; why the psychotherapeutic professions have until now mirrored wider societal oppressions, how we can redress the imbalance, how to apply an intersectional lens in your work with clients, and why this is a critical skill for anyone working in the helping professions today – Dr Dwight Turner, PhD
  • The Science of Diversity and Unconscious Bias; the psychological underpinnings of our unconscious biases, how to approach issues surrounding diversity scientifically, and how to turn polarizing conversations into constructive dialogues where both parties gain – Dr Mona Sue Weissmark, Marcelle Giovannetti, and Brian Chin
  • Diversity without Labels- The Psychology of Shaming and How we Can Do Better; why honest diversity isn't about labelling others, how to transform disagreements into constructive conversations, and how we can transcend labels to humanise ourselves and each other, cultivating common ground; even when we stand our ground – Professor Irshad Manji

You’ll learn how to apply these insights to become a force for positive change in your life, work, community and relationships.

For a full breakdown of the lectures, speakers (and their reading recommendations) emailed to your inbox, please click here.

Lectures and Speakers

Diversity & Psychotherapy - Dr Dwight Turner, PhD

Dr Dwight Turner is a psychotherapist, Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the School of Applied Social Science at Brighton University. Dr Turner casts an intersectional lens on privilege, supremacy, otherness and social justice. He was invited to deliver the keynote presentation at the BACP’s ‘Working with Diversity’ Conference in 2019.

His recent blog post - “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos” addressed the anguish and the action that has risen from the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and has been widely read by UK and US therapists. Dr Turner’s new book: ‘Linking Intersectional Theory of Privilege and Otherness to Counselling and Psychotherapy’ will be published by Routledge. You can keep up to date with his work and latest blog posts at: https://www.dwightturnercounselling.co.uk/ and follow him on twitter @Dturner300.

The Science of Diversity - Dr Mona Sue Weissmark, Marcelle Giovannetti, and Brian Chin

This session will feature a joint presentation from Dr Mona Sue Weissmark, Marcelle Giovannetti and Brian Chin from Harvard University.

Dr. Mona Sue Weissmark is an award-winning professor, researcher, and author. Her work on the science of diversity® has received global recognition, and she is widely recognized as a leading expert on diversity, inclusion, and polarized groups. Dr Weissmark is best known for her groundbreaking social experiment of bringing together descendants of slaves and slaveowners, and descendants of Holocaust survivors and Nazis at Harvard University. She teaches the 'Psychology of Diversity' course and conducts research on the science of diversity at Harvard, and her work has been featured in major publications such as the New York Times, The Guardian, JUF News, Harvard Magazine and many others.

Marcelle Giovannetti is a full time Assistant Professor in Messiah University’s Graduate Counseling Program in Pennsylvania, and also works part-time as a clinician in private practice at Purposefully Soaring LLC. She has presented on numerous occasions at national, regional, state and local conferences. Marcelle serves as a Teaching Assistant to Dr. Mona Sue Weissmark in the Psychology of Diversity course taught at Harvard.

Brian Chin, one of Dr. Mona Sue Weissmark’s research and teaching assistants, is a current graduate student at Harvard University. Brian graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and also served with distinction in the U.S Army (2011-2019) as an enlisted soldier specializing in Psychological Operations, a branch of the U.S Army focusing on Psychological Warfare.

Diversity without Labels: The Psychology of Shaming and How We Can Do Better - Professor Irshad Manji

The recipient of Oprah Winfrey's first annual "Chutzpah Award" for boldness, Irshad Manji inspires and equips people to have honest, non-judgemental conversations about issues that polarize.

Although she is an internationally bestselling author, her books are banned in many countries -- which has intrigued a new generation to learn her techniques for effective communication. Irshad's latest book, Don't Label Me, is a primer on how to do diversity without inflaming the culture wars. (Fun fact: The comedian Chris Rock labels it "genius.")

A professor of leadership at New York University for many years, Irshad is now the founder of Moral Courage College. She also teaches moral courage with Oxford University's Initiative for Global Ethics and Human Rights.

At Irshad's request, all proceeds from this session will go to the Maggie Fleming Animal Hospice in Scotland.

For a full breakdown of the lectures, speakers (and their reading recommendations) emailed to your inbox, please click here.

Event Schedule

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm: Diversity & Psychotherapy - Dr Dwight Turner, PhD
    • 12:00 - 1:00pm: Lunch break
    • 1:00pm - 3:00pm: The Science of Diversity - Dr Mona Sue Weissmark, Marcelle Giovannetti, and Brian Chin
    • 3:00pm - 3:30pm: Afternoon break
    • 3:30pm - 5:00pm: Diversity without Labels: The Psychology of Shaming and How We Can Do Better - Professor Irshad Manji

    FAQs

    How does the Online Video Conference Work?

    After you register on Eventbrite, you will receive an email with a unique link and instructions to join the video conference.

    Will I be able to ask questions?

    You will be able to submit questions to each speaker during the Q+A sessions.

    What if I miss part of one of the lectures? Will I have access to the recordings?

    Yes, the recordings will be emailed to all ticket-buyers (even those who can't attend on the day) approximately one hour after each lecture finishes. 

    This means that if you miss anything, you'll be able to catch up in your own time.

    If you have any further questions, please email support@theweekenduniversity.com for more information.

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    Who is this event for?

    You might be:

    • A mental health practitioner; psychotherapist, counsellor or coach, attending for continuing professional development
    • A psychology student seeking to broaden your knowledge in different areas of the subject
    • Considering a transition into a career in psychology, but not sure exactly what route to take yet
    • A member of the general public attending for the sheer joy of learning and exploring your curiosity.

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    The Weekend University seeks to guarantee an excellent learning experience.

    If you are not fully satisfied with the day, you will receive 100% of your money back, and we will cover the cost of your travel to and from the venue.

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