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Update From the Diversity Directorate and Taskforce on Social Justice

Friday, September 4, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Hannah Steinberg


1) I will be chairing a newly formed GPA task force with a focus on social justice. We will be conducting a critical, comprehensive self-assessment of our organization, and make recommendations, as needed, that ensure our organization is not only attuned to, but is responsive to social justice issues at all levels— membership, leadership, education, strategic plan…However, GPA cannot achieve organizational growth toward cultural humility without members’ continued growth. For that reason, the Diversity Directorate (DD) will continue to host activities that foster our learning, understanding, and empathy toward others’ differing experiences. 

2) The Diversity Directorate  will host our third “Our Journey in Cultural Humility” Lunch and Learn on White Privilege on September 11th at NOON . We realize this may be a “hot topic for some…” We want you to join us, regardless of where you stand on the issue. All views, opinions, and experiences on the topic are not only welcome, but our discussion is much needed, in order for us to heal from the pain some of us are experiencing.

Please note the because the DD aims to provide a safe place for respectful discourse and reflection, our Lunch and Learns require community agreements (see below), that participating members are expected to abide by in order to be better equipped to enter sensitive and complex conversationswith culturalsensitivity and respect. 


Community Agreements for Communication:

We recognize that each of us may be in a different place on the continuum of professional and personal development of cultural humility.  When we have a common understanding of the expectations for communication, we can be better equipped to enter sensitive and complex conversations with cultural sensitivity and respect.

We encourage all of us to be mindful of the following guidelines for respectful, effective communication during difficult dialogues:

        Experience discomfort and allow imperfection

        Understand the difference between Intent and Impact. Although it is important to understand intent, acknowledge the effect of the consequences of your actions regardless of intent. 

        Speak only for yourself. Be the expert in your own experience and not the experience of others. Exercise both your right to speak and your right to remain silent.

        Practice “both/and” instead of “but” to allow for diverse opinions and avoid an adversarial approach.

        Expect, accept, and respect disagreements and lack of closure. During disagreements:

         Ask questions rather than make assumptions about others

         Use disagreement as a learning opportunity

         Let it stand (agree to disagree)


We hope you join us on September 11th at 12pm:

Join Zoom Meeting

            By computer:

            By phone: 646 876 9923

            Meeting ID: 637 198 572



Adriana Flores, PhD.

Chairperson of Committee of Psychology of Women and Girls

Chairperson of GPA Task Force on Social Justice