Society Programs Director Ecological Society of America Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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Session Description: Do you run meetings? If you’re in charge of anything from small group gatherings like lab meetings and journal clubs to larger, more formal settings like department meetings or faculty senates, this course will help you make and keep your meetings inclusive of all participants. We'll look at how move from being the meeting gatekeeper who keeps things on topic and on time to being the groundskeeper, making sure that the meeting environment allows the full participation of everyone in a diverse group. We’ll look at how social power, implicit norms, and unspoken agreements get in the way of inclusion, and what meeting chairs and facilitators can do to open meetings up to full and inclusive participation. This short course will be lead by Sherry Marts, Ph.D., CEO of S*Marts Consulting LLC.
Explore the different kinds of power dynamics in groups
Learn how to move from facilitation as gatekeeping to facilitation as “groundskeeping” - considering both individual behaviors and organizational norms, mores, and expectations
Explore the importance of making implicit behavioral norms explicit and open to change
Learn how to make meetings collaborative and inclusive, even in the context of hierarchical organizational cultures
This short course is sponsored by ESA and is offered free of charge to attendees as part of ESA's DEI plan.