Beyond the Blame Game: Religion and LGBTQ Inclusion at Work

When: July 21, 2022 11:00 am - 11:00 am CT
Level: Intermediate
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenters: Nina Boe, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding  |  Jean-Marie Navetta, PFLAG National
Cost: Free

Internationally and locally, conflicts between religious and LGBTQ communities are making headlines, from the question of whether marriage equality will survive the current socio-political environment to the fight for basic civil rights. Religious communities are also being accused of being homophobic, but are all the voices from those communities being heard?

When we bring our whole selves to work, outside tensions influence workplace interactions. In the workplace, these conflicts manifest in many ways, from uncomfortable conversations to overt discrimination. The resulting assumption is that these conflicts are inevitable and unavoidable.

Nina Boe (Tanenbaum) and Jean-Marie Navetta (PFLAG) will unpack this assumption by identifying the misconceptions and oversimplifications that too often derail constructive conversations about this topic and result in blame shifting. This session will provide participants with parameters and possibilities for mitigating conflicts and creating cultures of inclusion for everyone.

Learning Outcomes
  • Understand the ways that religious and LGBTQI+ identities may intersect at work
  • Explore opportunities for mitigating conflicts based on common stereotypes and pitfalls at work
  • Identify next steps to create a culture of inclusion for all employees at work, no matter identity

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