Conversation Project: What's in a Label?

Thinking about Diversity and Racial Categories

January 30, 2018 | 5:30 p.m. | Central Oregon Community College -- Bend Campus

2600 NW College Way, Bend OR 97703

As humans, we constantly label and categorize information on both conscious and unconscious levels. Labeling enables our brains to sort information efficiently, but the labels and categories we assign to information can form generalizations and stereotypes in our minds. When we allow stereotypes to define individuals, we fail to see the inherent diversity in humans. Race is a form of labeling. What are we describing when we assign racial categories to others and ourselves? How can we use language to increase understanding and connection, and what are its limitations? Join public interest lawyer Ann Su for a conversation exploring how the words we choose influence our understanding of race and racial diversity. Read more.

Event Sponsors

Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program of COCC Foundation




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