DEI Collective Learning Series


Mar 29, 2022 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Holloway Hall


Register for the virtual Engage session (6 to 7 p.m.) here


Each month the School of Education and Human Development's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) will engage faculty and staff in learning focused on DEI. The monthly series will have four parts:

Read: Short and impactful articles, chapters, or blogs to help frame the topic for the month (Week 1).

Watch/Listen: Watch a pre-recorded presentation, YouTube recordings, and/or listen to a podcast focused on the topic for the month (Week 2).

Write: Journal, write reflections, and respond to prompts/questions based on the "read" and "watch/listen" for the month reading and recording (Week 3).

Engage: Participate in an on-Grounds session, which may include presentations from authors from the readings, presenters from the pre-recorded session or podcast, an expert on the topic of the month, as well as opportunities to connect and converse with members of our community around the month’s topic. (Week 4).

The DEI Collective Learning Series is intentionally framed in this way to allow faculty and staff to build a shared understanding of topics and concepts (read and watch/listen) before engaging. 

Everyone knows that tropes and stereotypes exist for a variety of racial, ethnic, and gendered groups.  Stereotypes are generalized inappropriate associations about a category of people connected to some attribute. Stereotypes can function in subtle and overt ways, creating a narrative that is steadily delivered through educational environments, pop culture, and sociopolitical education. The internalization of this narrative creates what we term as stereotype threat. When people must work to suppress thoughts about negative stereotypes or worry that their performance may confirm stereotypes, the effort and associated emotions may divert mental energy and can significantly impact cognitive load available for working and learning. Please join us for March’s Collective Learning Series, where we will be looking at the sources of and solutions to Stereotype Threat. Download the the event flyer. Please RSVP for the event. If you have any questions, please reach out to ehdodei@virginia.edu.