Commitment to Diversity
I am committed to social justice and in particular to the practice of non-violent communication, compassionate difficult conversations, and restorative justice. I demonstrate this by inviting dialogue that integrates the use of "I" language as opposed to the presentation of demands. I am not an activist and I do not engage in activism, even though I am aware of the powerful role activism can play in raising awareness of injustice.
Research illustrates that emotions play a role in regulating one's choices and prioritizing of those choices. As such, I am an advocate for individual's doing their own inner work and bringing an awareness of that into dialogue. In addition, research indicates that every individual is experiencing their own unique lived experience and that that experience is true for that individual. As such, I invite colleagues and students into that awareness and the avoidance of "shoulding" on one another.
Furthermore, I practice the awareness of common humanity, not to demean or dismiss the unique lived experiences of social identities and the intersectionality of those identities; rather to promote a basis for connection and the practice of compassion in order to cultivate peace and reconciliation without marginalization or assimilation.
In addition, I integrate design thinking, Otto Scharmer's Theory U work, and Parker Palmer's Circles of Trust work to engage those who are willing into deeper dialogues that generate awareness of choices and the consequences they create.
Two quotes that embody how I seek to live a socially just life are:
"Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another." - Desmond Tutu
"The ideal society is one in which its members enjoy their freedom to be human freely, provided they do not thereby infringe the freedoms of others unduly." - Desmond Tutu