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July Monthly Meeting WebEX - Race and Racism in the Workplace
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When: Tuesday, July 18th
9:00am - 10:00am
Where: WebEx
United States

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July Monthly Meeting WebEx

Race and Racism in the Workplace: toward effective and sustainable solutions


Please refer to your registration confirmation email for the WebEx login information.  The WebEx will be held 9am - 10am.


Recent advances in genomic technology have prompted new and resurrected age-old conversations and debates about the meanings, applications, and implications of race in the human species. Although in the late 20th century the fields of genetics and genomics confirmed that our species is not divided into biological races, some scientific and biomedical research continues to suggest otherwise. False notions about natural and fixed biological differences between the so-called races underlie the insertion of race into the social, political, and legal architectures of the United States (U.S.) and other countries, and reproduce and maintain social hierarchies. Consequently, scholarly tensions, popular confusion, and social inequities persist.

Stigmatization, discrimination, and inequities based on race are prevalent in the workplace – in hiring practices, promotions, terminations, and everywhere in between. Human Resource professionals are critical to addressing these issues when they arise, and work closely with senior leadership at their organizations to enhance diversity and inclusion at all levels and ensure that each employee is valued and respected. 
This session will provide attending HR professionals with:

• An overview of the scientific evidence for the non-existence of biological races in humans;

• A historical review of the social construction of race in the U.S. and its relationship to the biological conceptions; 

• Points to consider concerning the implications for them and their institutions of higher education, corporations, and other organizations; and

• A forum to explore and collectively deliberate the potential opportunities, facilitators, strategies, and challenges associated with incorporating their new knowledge into their race-related efforts in the workplace.
• A brief overview of the current exhibition at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, “RACE: Are We So Different? and how HR professionals can this as a resource. 


About our Speaker:

Charmaine Royal is an associate professor in the Departments of African & African American Studies, Biology, and Community & Family Medicine at Duke University. She is also core faculty in the Initiative for Science and Society, faculty affiliate in the Global Health Institute, and director of the Center on Genomics, Race, Identity, Difference (GRID) in the Social Science Research Institute.

Dr. Royal’s research and teaching focus on ethical and social issues in genetics and genomics, particularly the intersection of "race" and genetics, its policy implications, and practical interventions. The center she directs, GRID, aims to inform and transform the concepts, uses, and impacts of race in the conduct of scientific and scholarly research, the practice of medicine, and the lives of individuals, communities, and societies.

Dr. Royal received a master’s in genetic counseling and a doctorate in human genetics from Howard University. She completed postgraduate training in bioethics and ELSI (ethical, legal, and social implications) research at the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health, and in epidemio
logy and behavioral medicine at Howard University Cancer Center.

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