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The Elephant in the Room: Listening, Speaking and Hearing

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The Statement of Solidarity shared by UMBC June 20 begins “During this time in America, each of us is faced with the challenge of understanding our position in society and our role in dismantling structural racism.”  The Erickson School of Aging Studies affirms this position with a call to action for students and colleagues in Aging Services to create, take, and pursue opportunities that tear down structural inequities within our society.

UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski and Erickson School Dean Dana Bradley invited colleagues to attend The Elephant in the Room: Listening, Speaking and Hearing on June 17 2020. This webinar began a journey to address systemic racism, diversity, and inclusion in the longevity economy.

Panelists Included:

Jeffrey Ash, EdD, Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion, UMB School of Nursing

Joseph Machicote, SVP, Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer, Erickson Living

Candace Dodson-Reed, Chief of Staff & Executive Director, Office of Equity and Inclusion at University of Maryland Baltimore County

Moderated by Joseph DeMattos, Jr., MA, President and CEO, Health Facilities Association of Maryland

In this online format, panelists shared their perspectives and responded to questions from participants. After attending this event, participants were to be more aware individuals with a greater understanding of the importance of addressing systemic racism, diversity, and inclusion in the longevity economy and the listening and speaking skills to be more effective leaders in the field.

We are grateful for the support and guidance of the Office of Equity and Inclusion at UMBC.