Perspectives Series

Perspectives is a monthly dialogue series open to all members of the Washington University community. The goal of Perspectives is to strengthen our community’s ability to discuss important topics related to diversity, inclusion, and equity in meaningful ways. Such programs are widely used at workplaces across the country as a tool in building a diverse and inclusive culture.

See our calendar for upcoming Perspectives sessions »

What to expect

Each 50-minute session is dedicated to a specific topic, and some featured a guest speaker. Attendees discuss the topic, moderated by a facilitator from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Attendees will

  • Practice speaking across differences in perspective and identity
  • Explore personal experience with societal issues
  • Develop skills for navigating differences
  • Build empathy muscle – the ability to feel ‘with’ people
  • Advance understanding of how to be a diversity and inclusion ally

Session format

  • Introductions
  • Brief presentation of topic
  • Small group discussion
  • Full group discussion
  • Takeaways/next steps

Two ways to participate

  • Monthly open sessions: No registration necessary.
  • Custom sessions: If scheduling is a challenge for your group or you would like to address a specific topic, we are happy to schedule a session customized to your group’s needs.  We need at least eight participants per session.

2018 schedule for the School of Medicine

All sessions will run from 12:00-12:50pm.

Date Location Topic
24-Jan-18 FLTC 401 Gender Roles:  Socializing Masculine and Femine
21-Feb-18 FLTC 214 Supporting our Trans Community
13-Mar-18 FLTC 404 Generational Differences
19-Apr-18 MCC 1404 Invisible Disabilities in the Workplace
17-May-18 FLTC 401 Intersectionality
13-Jun-18 FLTC 402 Exploring Differences between Introverts and Extroverts
18-Jul-18 FLTC 402 Open Dialogue: Profiling of 10 Black WU Students
8-Aug-18 MCC 2057 Deserving & Undeserving:  Classism and the Socialization of Compassion
19-Sep-18 MCC 2057 Interfaith Panel
9-Oct-18  MCC 2057 They said What?  Microaggressions and Why They Hurt
7-Nov-18  MCC 2057 The Model Minority Myth
5-Dec-18  MCC 2057 Walking our Talk:  Integrity in Diversity, Inclusion, & Allyship