35th Annual Conference

March 27-29, 2023


Systemic Approach to Healing the Hurts of ‘isms: RISE Framework

90-minute Workshops

Day 3

Session Code: S7-D
When: March 29, 2023
Level: Advanced
Track: Diversity Leadership
Presenter: Monica Ibarra, Mayo Clinic
Prerequisite: For the session to be most beneficial, attendees must first understand organizational change or the strategy development of DEI work


In response to the tragic deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and countless others, the demand for innovative DEI education and resources significantly increased. Those events made it overtly clear that the experiences of Black/African American and other underrepresented groups were not widely understood or recognized and, as a result, the need to acknowledge, address, and heal the experiences of ’isms has become an elevated priority among organizations.

Similarly, this uncovered truth must be addressed in an elevated manner that surpasses the normalized informational training of DEI, which acknowledges the experiences of underrepresented groups only. Unfortunately, those trainings do not address and heal the ’isms. And yet, now is the time to equip organizations with resolutions.

This workshop will utilize the RISE framework to (a) reflect on contemporary bias driven by media headlines to further raise awareness of the structure and impact of ’isms on a person/people; (b) inspire participants to shift their personal and organizational level of cultural responsibility and to use their voice and power to create actionable change; (c) strengthen how participants acknowledge underrepresented groups within their organization and how they address, and accept, their experiences as unique and valid; and (d) empower participants with strategies to heal inequities that ultimately allow their organization to progress toward building a sense of belonging for all.

Learning Outcomes:

• Increase cultural awareness regarding the uniquely common experiences within marginalized groups including bias, racism, hate crimes, etc.
• Explore allyship as a method to portray equity, inclusion, and diversity leadership
• Gain actionable skills to be utilized within realms of influence such as workplace, social media, etc.

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