Conversation Project: What's in a Label?

Thinking about Diversity and Racial Categories

April 11, 2018 | 1:30 p.m. | Portland Community College - Rock Creek

17705 NW Springville Rd., Portland OR 97229

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.

This event will take place in the Event Center at the Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus.

Event Sponsors

Portland Community College Foundation




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