Navigating Difficult Dialogues Across Difference – A Workshop

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 -
10:00am to 12:00pm EDT
Webinar - Register by 10/13
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This program is a part of Philanthropy New York’s Power, Culture, and Difficult Conversations Series:

Power, Culture, and Difficult Conversations is a PNY members-only program series centering on a specific set of skills to help you build a more equitable culture within your organization. Specifically, the series will cover how to work with the range of dynamics that are present when humans work together. Each session will build on each other, and participants are encouraged to commit to all three workshops.

Do you manage groups or need to facilitate conversations between stakeholders, whether it’d be grantees, board members, internal staff, community partners, or others? Do you sometimes struggle to align goals or find common ground when working within a multicultural context? Are you attuned to the power dynamics or how microaggressions and implicit bias may come into play?

Power dynamics, microaggressions, and implicit bias have become part of our common understanding of how race and other inequities operate within workplace settings. However, for a variety of reasons, it can be very challenging to address these issues when they emerge, especially in group settings.

Led by a diversity expert and consultant within organizational and educational environments, this workshop will explore strategies for managing group dynamics and conflict within the workplace while still maintaining relationships and offer you a space to practice with your peers. Building on the Intergroup Relations Model developed at the University of Michigan, and Kathy Obear’s frameworks for navigating group dynamics and triggers within diverse settings, our facilitator will introduce some new tools for addressing conflicts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion as they emerge within group settings.

  • How to increase awareness about the ways in which implicit bias and microaggressions operate within group settings
  • Tools and skills for interrupting microaggressions
  • Tools and skills for managing group dynamics and conflict related to issues of identity, inequity, and difference in the workplace


  • Marta Esquilin, DEI Consultant and Associate Dean of the Honors Living-Learning Community, Rutgers University

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All interested funders.


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Program

Registration is required by October 13thRegistrants will receive the webinar link a day prior to the program. 

Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please log in and click the Register Now link above. (no fee)

Please note: To ensure fairness among our members, we reserve the right to limit the number of attendees per organization for select professional development programs.

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