Diversity and Inclusion Workshop
The purpose of this workshop is to support Amherst Chamber of Commerce members’ capacity to work constructively with diversity, inclusion, and equity by developing knowledge, awareness, and skills to work within and across difference, creating and sustaining an organizational culture where everyone can thrive. Perfect opportunity for employees at all levels from front-line workers to upper-level management.
Celebrating ALL Members of our community: An Exploration of Unconscious bias, Microaggressions, and Micro affirmations
- Key Skills for Dialogue and Inclusive Excellence
- Developing increased Social Identity Awareness of Self and Others
- Explore the meaning of one’s own social identities and how those identities influence our experiences and interactions in our work
- Exploration and application of the following key concepts
- Unconscious Bias
- Micro affirmations
- Information on ways to decrease bias and Microaggressions, and amplify Micro affirmations in the workplace
Angelica Canlas Castro, MA
Angelica Canlas Castro, MA is the Associate Director of Community Engagement at Mt. Holyoke College, where she received her Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and teaches Building Bridges: Facilitating Courageous Conversations. She also received her Graduate Certificate in Social Justice Education: Teaching for Diversity at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she teaches Racism in Predominantly White Institutions (PWI) and Theater for Social Change courses. Angelica's graduate research focused on Racial Microaggressions among Higher Education staff. She is a leadership and life coach, consultant, community mediator, and intergroup dialogue facilitator. She works with corporate, municipal and nonprofit organizations in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. Angelica was a member of the 2017-2018 cohort for And Still We Rise Leadership Forum for Women of Color Leaders, a 2017 graduate of the Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI), and a 2015 graduate of Leadership Pioneer Valley (LPV). She is currently collecting women’s stories of strength and resilience for her first book, A Girl's Guide to Revolutionary Love. She also has four sons ages 11, 14, 20 and 22, who inspire her to shine and are her greatest teachers.
Molly Keehn, Ed.D
Molly Keehn, Ed.D. has a background in higher education, and has been leading trainings and workshops and teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate level about intergroup dialogue and Social Justice for the past fourteen years. She received her doctorate in Social Justice Education from the Department of Student Development at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2014. Molly’s dissertation research focused on the role of personal storytelling about experience on student learning about race and racism in two social justice courses. Molly has co-authored a book chapter on both White Identity Development as well as Listening Engagement in Intergroup Dialogue. In
addition to being a passionate Social Justice educator, Molly is also the co-creator of CoJourn, a peer support and accountability tool designed to help people prioritize pursuing the life that they want (www.cojourn.org). She is also a runner, triathlete, a budding accordionist, and an eternal optimist.