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Transforming Deficit Language to Highlight Strengths and Assets

DEI Speaker Series
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Thursday, March 11, 2021
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9:30 am - 10:30 am
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Anna Lee, PhD, Dawn Henderson, PhD, and Maya Corneille, PhD
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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Speaker Series: Race & Language

A foundational pillar to the Truth, Racial Healing, & Transformation movement in the U.S. is narrative change; changing the narrative is essential in changing the research conducted with those who have been raced/racialized in the U.S. Unfortunately, the dominant narrative on those who have been described as largely black (Black/African American)/brown (Latinx, Hispanic, and Native American, Native Hawaiian, etc.) centers on creating research and narratives about their lives, their culture, and ways of being from a deficit and deviant lens.

This session will illuminate how the language used in research and practice only reifies narratives that do not acknowledge and recognize the assets, collective and cultural resources and strengths. The presenters will introduce the Detoxifying and Empowering Language Framework to facilitate how language can be toxic to the wellbeing and health of communities and implications on research and practice. Passcode: CAP2021
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Contact: Angela Garrett