Facilitating Culturally Inclusive Departmental Meetings (Recording Only)

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We often hold implicit and explicit biases, prejudices, and beliefs about our own and others’ social identities. Whether communicated subtly or directly, these ideas can cause damage in group settings and interfere with the purpose and goals of departmental meetings. These barriers can harm vital components of effective teamwork, such as collaboration and team camaraderie, and further exclude group members from the conversation.

Join us for this online training and learn how to positively impact group dynamics by adopting reflective practices and establishing accountability partners.  We’ll show you how to use critical communication skills, such as deep listening, genuine question probing, and suspending assumptions and judgments to effectively foster collaboration, team-building, and healthy team dynamics.

Who Should Attend

This webcast will help leaders of departmental meetings re-energize themselves and learn how to facilitate unbiased, culturally inclusive meetings to optimize group dynamics.


After a brief overview of the empirical research that demonstrates the propensity for departmental heads to bring bias to the meetings they facilitate, our instructor will dive deeper into how to:

  1. Establish tools to become an effective Reflective-Practitioner.
  1. Understand and practice critical communication skills (e.g., deep listening, genuine question probing, and suspending assumptions and judgments) to foster inclusion and collaboration in a group setting.
  1. Understand the value of establishing accountability partners.


Dr. Bridget Turner Kelly, Associate Professor, University of Maryland