December 2018
Issue #2  


Welcome to issue #2 of Speaking of Diversity . We have pulled together articles we think will be of interest. There is a Q & A with Tina M. Jernigan , West Virginia University College of Law, on class consciousness and other issues they face; Diversity Advocate Vernā Myers' Ted Talk on "How To Overcome Biases"; The Anti-Defamation League's "Pyramid of Hate"; How to think about "Implicit Bias" from Scientific American and why it matters; and from The Atlantic, "The Coddling of the American Mind" and why it's dangerous for education.

A lot of food for thought!

We do value your feedback and we look forward to continuing the conversation.

Thank you again for your interest,

Todd Logan
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Tina M. Jernigan,  Assistant Dean for Student Life, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV
Dialogue on Diversity
Q&A with Tina M. Jernigan

This month, Tina M. Jernigan talks about her background, her challenges on campus and why The Defamation Experience fit into their Mission of preparing 21st century lawyers and leaders to serve the public, government, and business while focusing on justice, ethics, professionalism, and service in a diverse, vibrant, and respectful community.

"One of the biggest challenges that we face is living in a state that is not very diverse in regard to race and ethnicity. We are a small law school of approximately 300 students. Our dean is very focused on improving diversity and inclusion..."

Dialogue On Diversity, a conversation with leaders in the field of diversity and inclusion, is designed to help better understand the issues they face in today’s challenging times.
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November 2014
How to Overcome Our Biases
Vernā Myers, Diversity Advocate

" Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we've seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how..."

© 2018 Anti-Defamation League
The Pyramid of Hate

"The  Pyramid  shows biased behaviors, growing in complexity from the bottom to the top. Although the behaviors at each level negatively impact individuals and groups, as one moves up the pyramid, the behaviors have more life-threatening consequences. Like a pyramid, the upper levels are supported by the lower levels. If people or institutions treat behaviors on the lower levels as being acceptable or“normal,” it results in the behaviors at the next level becoming more accepted..."

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How to Think about "Implicit Bias"
Scientific American, March 27, 2018

Amidst a controversy, it’s important to remember that implicit bias is real—and it matters.

" When is the last time a stereotype popped into your mind? If you are like most people, the authors included, it happens all the time. That doesn’t make you a racist, sexist, or whatever-ist. It just means your brain is working properly, noticing patterns, and making generalizations..."

Photo Credit: Andrew B. Myers, The Atlantic
The Coddling of the American Mind
 The Atlantic, September 2015
By Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

"In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like.

Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health...According to the most-basic tenets of psychology, helping people with anxiety disorders avoid the things they fear is misguided..."

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