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IPA CSC Philly Co-Sponsor First Aid Toolkit Winter Series Event "Racial Caucuses and Affinity Groups..."
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Racial Caucuses and Affinity Groups: Creating Space where Minoritized Individuals and White Co-Workers can Work Intentionally to Cultivate Psychological Safety at Work
Thursday, February 1 from 1-2 pm EST
Too often, people do not speak up at work because it does not feel safe. They might feel ashamed of asking a question or fear the consequences of pointing out a potential issue. The term ‘psychological safety, coined by Harvard Business Professor, Amy Edmonson, refers to teams that can put themselves out there, ask questions, make mistakes, learn from them – and know that’s okay. Psychological safety encourages diverse thinking and allows teammates to learn and become their full contributing selves. In creating psychological safety at work, people of color (PoC) also need their own spaces, free from marginalization, mainstream stereotypes, and pressures to “perform” and “code-switch” in settings where often, White, Western-dominance is inevitable. In answer to this need for “safe spaces”, some organizations are responding by providing ’Racial Caucuses’ and ‘Affinity Groups’. “Caucuses provide spaces for people to work within their own racial/ethnic groups. For white people, a caucus provides time and space to work explicitly and intentionally on understanding white culture and white privilege and to increase one’s critical analysis around these concepts. A white caucus also puts the onus on white people to teach each other about these ideas, rather than placing a burden on people of color to teach them. For people of color, a caucus is a place to work with peers to address the impact of racism, to interrupt experiences of internalized racism, and to create a space for healing and working for individual and collective liberation.” This presentation will explore psychological safety at work, the risk for burnout when safety is not established, how PoC are at greater risk for professional burnout when they do not feel safe, and how efforts such as ‘racial caucuses’ might contribute towards culturally responsive psychological safety for all employees.
1.0 hour of psychology Category I CE credit is available.
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