Selected to further our diversity work, the following TED talks are offered to help us reflect on and engage in conversation of how we understand ourselves and others.

The videos will play from this page.  To see and read the corresponding transcripts, use the associated hyperlinked text. Access to a transcript may help you select your sentence, phrase, and word for our discussion in the fall.  You are invited to add your sentence, phrase, and word in the comment section below as you watch and reflect. (Please be sure to include the title of the talk in your comment.)  

Angélica Dass: The Beauty of Human Skin in Every Color

iO Tillett Wright: Fifty Shades of Gay

Yassmin Abdel-Magie: What Does My Head Scarf Mean to You?

Vernā Myers: How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them

Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds

Norman Spack: How I Help Transgender Teens Become Who They Want To Be

Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion

Emilie Wapnick: Why some of us don’t have one true calling

Aimee Mullins: The Opportunity of Adversity

Sarah Kay: If I Should Have a Daughter

Clint Smith: How to Raise a Black Son in America

 

2 thoughts on “2016 Voices of Diversity

  1. Brooke Ovorus

    I loved watching these TED Talks. I was much more engaged by being able to watch them and then read the transcripts afterwards. There were so many inspiring messages from the presenters. I learned a lot from them too. My favorite talk was: “How I Help Transgender Teens Become Who They Want to Be.” Also, “Every Kid Needs A Champion” reminded me of how we have been working on changing our assessments at Trinity to show successes rather than failure. I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else thought of these!

    The Beauty of Human Skin in Every Color

    S- Humanae is the pursuit to highlight our true colors, rather than the untrue white, red, black or yellow associated with human race.
    P- never understood the unique flesh-colored pencil
    W- Humanae

    Fifty Shades of Gay

    S- Familiarity is really the gateway drug to empathy.
    P- Vast spectrum of people that exist in between
    W- GREY

    What Does My Headscarf Mean to You?

    S- So what we’re doing here is identifying and acknowledging that a bias exists
    P- Mentor someone different
    W- Unconscious

    How to Overcome Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them

    S- But it appears that when things get funky and a little troublesome, a little risky, I lean on a bias that I didn’t even know that I had.
    P- we have to have the courage to say something, even to the people we love
    W- black men

    The World Needs All Kinds of Minds

    S- We’ve got to think about all these different kinds of minds, and we’ve got to absolutely work with these kind of minds, because we absolutely are going to need these kind of people in the future.
    P- the thing about the autism, Asperger-y kind of mind, you’ve got to give them a specific task
    W- Asperger

    How I Help Transgender Teens Become Who they Want To Be

    S- Sexual orientation is who you go to bed with. Gender Identity is who you go to bed as.
    P- twelve, sixteen, eighteen
    W- endocronology

    Every Kid Needs A Champion

    S- If you say it long enough it starts to be a part of you.
    P- Plus Two
    W- relationships

    Why Some of Us Don’t Have One True Calling

    S- In fact, some of the best teams are comprised of a specialist and multipotentialite paired together.
    P- embrace your inner wiring, whatever that may be.
    W- multipotentialite

    The Opportunity of Adversity

    S- If you can hand somebody the key to their own power — the human spirit is so receptive — if you can do that and open a door for someone at a crucial moment, you are educating them in the best sense.
    P- spirit that’s been crushed doesn’t have hope, it doesn’t see beauty,
    W- Power

    If I Should Have a Daughter

    S- Spoken-word poetry is the art of performance poetry.
    P- something about it demands it be heard out loud or witnessed in person
    W- lists

    How To Raise a Black Son in America

    S- But what does it do to a child to grow up know that you simply cannot be a child
    P- wanted to keep us alive
    W- breathe

  2. Angélica Dass: The Beauty of Human Skin in Every Color:

    S: Humanae is a pursuit to highlight our true colors, rather than the untrue white, red, black or yellow associated with race.
    P: trying to discover their own unique color
    W: discovery

    iO Tillett Wright: Fifty Shades of Gay

    S: I was just allowed to be me, growing and changing in every moment.
    P: the humanity that exists in every one of us through the simplicity of a face.
    W: Visibility

    Yassmin Abdel-Magie: What Does My Head Scarf Mean to You?

    S: Unconscious bias is not the same as conscious discrimination.
    P: opening doors for people who couldn’t even get to the damn hallway.
    W: bias

    Vernā Myers: How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them

    S: biases are the stories we make up about people before we know who they actually are.
    P: to be part of the forces of change in this society
    W: uncomfortable

    Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds

    S: Mentors are just essential.
    P: the normal brain ignores the details
    W: Asperger-y

    Norman Spack: How I Help Transgender Teens Become Who They Want To Be

    S: Gender identity is who you go to bed as.”
    P: mismatches in the externals or between the externals and the internals
    W: self-concept

    Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion (teacher-awesome)

    S: Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.
    P: seeking first to understand, as opposed to being understood.
    W: Teaching

    Emilie Wapnick: Why some of us don’t have one true calling

    S: Idea synthesis, rapid learning and adaptability: three skills that multipotentialites are very adept at, and three skills that they might lose if pressured to narrow their focus.

    P: something wrong with me for being unable to stick with anything
    W: multipotentialite

    Aimee Mullins: The Opportunity of Adversity (prothetic leg)

    S: Our language affects our thinking and how we view the world and how we view other people
    P: all you really need is one person to show you the epiphany of your own power, and you’re off.
    W: adaptable

    Sarah Kay: If I Should Have a Daughter (girl : Why was the scarecrow invited to TED? Because he was out standing in his field.
    )
    S: Impossible is trying to connect in this world, trying to hold onto others while things are blowing up around you, knowing that while you’re speaking, they aren’t just waiting for their turn to talk — they hear you.
    P: but if you make me laugh hard enough, sometimes I forget what century I’m in.
    W: spoken-word

    Clint Smith: How to Raise a Black Son in America

    S: someone’s implicit bias might be the reason you don’t wake up in the morning.
    P: armor of advice, an ocean of alarm bells so someone wouldn’t steal the breath from our lungs, so that they wouldn’t make a memory of this skin.
    W: unfair

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