Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts

Date: August 9, 2019
Time: 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Woodbury County Extension, 4728 Southern Hills Drive, Sioux City, IA
Cost: $5
Registration for this event is closed - to get advanced notice of upcoming events, please sign up for Woodbury County Extension newsletters!
Make 2019 the year to pay special attention to diversity and inclusion, says Lori Hayungs, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
“Have you ever heard someone say something biased or demeaning and you didn’t know whether to speak up? Have you ever said something unintentionally offensive and wished you could take it back? How we respond in these situations is important,” says Hayungs, who specializes in family life issues.
On August 9, ISU Extension and Outreach – Woodbury County will be offering “OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts” as part of the Nonprofit Management Alliance series of workshops. This interactive session will teach participants useful, easy-to-learn phrases and skills for speaking up effectively against bias and stereotypes. The workshop runs from 12 – 1:30 p.m. at the Woodbury County Extension office at 4728 Southern Hills Drive in Sioux City, and costs $5 to attend.
The workshop, based on the book by Leslie C. Aguilar, will help participants understand the impact of stereotypes and biased statements, identify the most common reasons people sit silently in the face of bias and stereotypes, and enhance skills for speaking up against stereotypes. During the two-hour course, participants will learn six specific techniques to use when responding to difficult situations.
Many studies have shown that people perform poorly in situations where they feel they are being stereotyped. A 2010 study by the University of Toronto also shows that stereotypes have a lasting negative effect on their victims, including increased aggression and trouble making rational decisions.
“Sometimes we hear stereotypes and generalizations that others may not even realize are insensitive," Hayungs said. "Even when the intent was not to be hurtful, we shouldn’t be silent. When we let hurtful words slide without reproach, we send a message of acceptance about them. Increasing comfort, confidence and skill are critical to being able to respond effectively."
Click here to register for the “OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts” workshop! For more information, please call (712) 276-2157.

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