Many people know what biases are. Not as many understand the term microaggressions. In essence, they are a person’s implicit, or unconscious, bias expressed. Coined by psychiatrist Chester M. Pierce, MD, in the 1970s, microaggressions can be described as “death by a thousand paper cuts” for the slow and incessant trauma that builds up over time. This type of exclusionary behavior erodes trust within the workplace and negatively impacts the mental and emotional wellness of marginalized individuals.
Dr. Rebecca Baumgartner is the Vice President of Human Resources for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. As a champion for personal and professional wellbeing, Rebecca brings her extensive background in human resources, organizational development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion to help others strengthen their personal awareness and build new skills to more powerfully navigate their journey. She draws from skill sets such as emotional intelligence, positive psychology, resilience, and courageous leadership to support others in their goals to become more inclusive and more impactful leaders to themselves and others.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Series with Dr. Rebecca Baumgartner: It Begins with Us
When we feel "belongingness," we experience not only connection and acceptance, but we feel that we are part of something bigger than ourselves. This series is will explore concepts of belonging and othering, focusing on how we can foster more diverse and inclusive spaces for ourselves, our workplaces, and our communities.
Beginning March 11th, Dr. Rebecca Baumgartner presents a monthly series on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB), alternating fireside chats with interactive workshops.
By the end of this series you will have:
Started the internal work of belonging and self-acceptance
Learned and implemented inclusive leadership skills at home and at work
Identified the impacts of socialization on stereotypes and bias and ways to mitigate these
For more information about each session, visit the series webpage.