What Do I Say Now? Identifying and Responding to Biased Comments and Microaggressions

Diane J. GoodmanDiane J. Goodman, EdD

What Do I Say Now?
Identifying and Responding to Biased Comments and Microaggressions

Monday, April 27th, 1pm-3:30pm

Wilkes University: Ballroom second floor of the Henry Student center.

Who hasn’t asked this question in our diverse workplaces, schools, and universities? It seems that most communication is now cross-cultural and inter-ethnic. This workshop will heighten awareness of how we use language consciously and unconsciously as a tool of social inclusion or exclusion, and for the establishment of relative social, economic, and racial status.

Diane Goodman has been addressing issues of diversity and social justice for over 25 years as a trainer, consultant, facilitator, professor, speaker, author, and activist. Her extensive and varied background enables her to bring a range of skills and perspectives to meet the needs of her clients.

She has worked with non-profit agencies, community groups, schools and universities to create environments that allow all people to feel valued, to be treated fairly, and to work together productively. Diane has also designed, led, and trained trainers for intergroup dialogues in community and academic contexts. Recently, she has been facilitating groups for community members to explore race, racism and whiteness.

In higher education, Diane’s work has included faculty development and trainings throughout the campus community with students and all levels of staff and administrators. In addition, she was the Director of Human Relations Education and the Interim Affirmative Action Officer at the University of Rhode Island. Diane has held faculty positions at the State University of New York-New Paltz in the graduate education program in Humanistic/Multicultural Education and Goddard College in Vermont in Feminist Studies/Social Sciences. She is currently adjunct faculty at SUNY-New Paltz and at the Smith School of Social Work. Previously, she taught at Springfield College (MA), the University of Rhode Island, and University of Massachusetts-Amherst in the areas of education, psychology and women’s studies. In K-12 schools, she has conducted trainings on creating more equitable and cooperative schools, focusing on diversity issues as well as conflict resolution and peer mediation.

Diane is the author of Promoting Diversity and Social Justice: Educating People from Privileged Groups (Routledge, 2011). This groundbreaking book focuses on working with people from privileged groups across different forms of social inequality. She has also written numerous articles and book chapters on understanding and teaching about diversity and social justice issues.

As a regular presenter at national and international conferences, Diane has offered institutes and sessions at NCORE (National Conference on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Higher Education), Teachers College Roundtable on Multicultural Psychology and Education, The White Privilege Conference, The Diversity Challenge (Institute for the Promotion of Race and Culture, Boston College), AACU (Association of American Colleges and Universities), AERA (American Education Research Association), NAME (National Association for Multicultural Education), and ACPA (Association of College Personnel Administrators), NASPA (College Student Personnel Administrators) among others.

Goodman holds a B.A. from Tufts University in Psychology and Child Development, and an M.Ed. and Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a focus on social justice education, group and organizational development, and counseling. She has additional training as a mediator.

Her humor, openness, insight, and compassion make her sessions engaging and meaningful.

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