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

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    • Access to a transcript may help you select your sentence, phrase, and word for our discussion in the fall.

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Grace Lin: Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf by Grace Lin

Rebeca Hwang: The Power of Diversity Within Yourself

Liz Kleinrock: How to teach kids to talk about taboo topics

 

Zachary Wood: Why it’s worth listening to people you disagree with

Reshma Sanjani: Teach girls bravery, not perfection

Tanya Menon: The secret to great opportunities? The person you haven’t met

Steven Petrow: Three ways to practice Civility

LB Hannahs: What it’s like to be a transgender dad

 

 

23 thoughts on “Voices of Diversity 2019

  1. Meredith Burris

    Grace Lin: Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf

    Sentence: Kids who always see themselves in books, need to be able to see things from other viewpoints.

    Phrase: see outside themselves

    Word: self-worth

    *note – Grace Lin will be our visiting author in the spring!

  2. Meredith Burris

    Rebeca Hwang: The Power of Diversity Within Yourself

    Sentence: So this episode launched a lifelong quest for my identity.

    Phrase: my looks betrayed me

    Word: reinventing

  3. Meredith Burris

    Liz Kleinrock: How to teach kids to talk about taboo topics

    Sentence: “We’re big enough to know about these things because these problems are happening where we live. And we have the right to talk about them because it will be our life in the future.”

    Phrase: truly terrifying teachable moment

    Word: dehumanize

  4. Meredith Burris

    Zachary R. Wood: Why it’s worth listening to people you disagree with

    Sentence: It’s my belief that to achieve progress in the face of adversity, we need a genuine commitment to gaining a deeper understanding of humanity.

    Phrase: gain a lot from individual interactions

    Word: backlash

  5. Meredith Burris

    Reshma Sanjani: Teach girls bravery, not perfection

    Sentence: Most girls are taught to avoid risk and failure.

    Phrase: not raising our girls to be brave.

    Word: imperfection

  6. Meredith Burris

    Tanya Menon: The secret to great opportunities? The person you haven’t met.

    Sentence: When we’re in trouble, when we need new ideas, when we need new jobs, when we need new resources – this is when we really pay a price for living in a clique.

    Phrase: fight our filters

    Word: kembali

  7. Meredith Burris

    Steven Petrow: Three ways to practice civility

    Sentence: “Civility does not mean appeasement or avoiding important differences. It means listening and talking about those differences with respect.”

    Phrase: the wall is the real incivility here

    Word: civilist

  8. Meredith Burris

    LB Hannahs: What’s it’s like to be a transgender dad

    Sentence: Now this work to develop a healthy relationship with gender for Elliot made me rethink and evaluate how I allowed sexism to manifest in my own gender identity.

    Phrase: validating and at times transformative moments

    Word: transparent

  9. Rebecca Hwang

    Sentence: During my childhood, I felt very much Argentinian, but my looks betrayed me at times.

    Phrase – I should get a degree in “random studies.”

    Word – tribe

  10. Zachary Wood: Why it’s worth listening to people you disagree with

    Sentence – For many, it was difficult to see how bringing controversial speakers to campus could be valuable, when they caused harm.

    Phrase – no one likes being offended

    Word – adversity

  11. Liz Kleinrock: How to teach kids to talk about taboo topics

    Sentence – And then you have Abby, sitting there completely bewildered because, in her mind, she doesn’t understand the weight of what she said and why everybody is reacting this way.

    Phrase – I knew that this was far too important of a teachable moment to miss.

    Word – assumptions

  12. Reshma Sanjani: Teach girls bravery, not perfection

    Sentence – But on election day, the polls were right, and I only got 19 percent of the vote, and the same papers that said I was a rising political star now said I wasted 1.3 million dollars on 6,321 votes. Don’t do the math. It was humiliating.

    Phrase – where I didn’t worry about being perfect

    Words – bravery deficit

  13. Tanya Menon: The secret to great opportunities? The person you haven’t met

    Sentence – When we’re in trouble, when we need new ideas, when we need new jobs, when we need new resources — this is when we really pay a price for living in a clique.

    Phrase – creatures of habit

    Word – hubs

  14. Steven Petrow: Three ways to practice Civility

    Sentence – And in part, that’s because modern usage equates civility with decorum, with formal politeness, formal behavior.

    Phrase – civility translates into censure

    Word – decorum

  15. LB Hannahs: What it’s like to be a transgender dad

    Sentence – Well, option one is oftentimes the easier route. Option two is always the more authentic one. And all of these scenarios involve a level of discomfort, even in the best case.

    Phrase – I want a balanced environment for her to explore

    Word – Healthy

  16. Grace Lin: Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf

    Sentence: Where the mountain meets the moon

    Phrase: Books need to be mirrors and windows

    Word: self-worth

  17. Rebeca Hwang: The Power of Diversity Within Yourself

    Sentence: Cultivating diversity within me and not just around me.

    Phrase: Finding common ground

    Word: Multiplicity/Identity

  18. Liz Kleinrock: How to teach kids to talk about taboo topics

    Sentence: give students the tools, strategies, language of how to think equity

    Phrase: the right thing to do is often not the easy thing to do

    Word: Accessibility

  19. Zachary Wood: Why it’s worth listening to people you disagree with

    Sentence: Never write off options that you disagree with or dislike because there is always something to learn from the perspectives of others even when doing so might be difficult.

    Phrase: a journey of uncomfortable learning

    Word: Deeper understanding

  20. Reshma Sanjani: Teach girls bravery, not perfection

    Sentence: Women have been socialized to aspire to perfection and they are overly cautious.

    Phrase: Socialize our girls to be comfortable with imperfection

    Word: Movement

  21. Tanya Menon: The secret to great opportunities? The person you haven’t met

    Sentence: Eliminate the transaction and instead strengthen that social tie.

    Phrase: injections of unpredictable diversity

    Word: social habits

  22. Steven Petrow: Three ways to practice Civility

    Sentence: civility – citizens willing to give of themselves for the greater good for the good of the city

    Phrase: respectful engagement

    Word: connection

  23. LB Hannahs: What it’s like to be a transgender dad

    Sentence: Love her and myself hard, with forgiveness and compassion, with tough love and generosity, give room for growth, to push beyond comfort in hopes of attaining a more meaningful life.

    Phrase: journey towards authenticity

    Word: authenticity

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