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    Dark Side of Employee Relationships: Stereotypes, Prejudices and Biases

    Date: November 14, 2019, 8:00am – 9:30am
    Germanna (Workforce Center) - 10000 Germanna Point Dr, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
    $20 for SHRM Members, $30 for non-SHRM Members
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    Join the Fredericksburg SHRM Chapter for our November meeting as Pratibha Kumar, Ph.D. discusses the Dark Side of Employee Relationships: Stereotypes, Prejudices and Biases.   

    Along with society today, our workforce is also becoming rapidly diverse. In order to embrace and celebrate differences among employees, it is imperative for organizations to manage and promote diversity effectively by ensuring healthy professional relationships among employees. Since diversity and inclusion is such a vast topic, it is a good starting point to examine the human perception process and how our socialization and communication pigeonholes people who are different from us. This cognitive categorization leads to judgment, alienation, discrimination and harassment in extreme cases.

    This presentation will cover the dark side of communicating with people from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural and national backgrounds—stereotypes, prejudice and biases. It will touch upon the characteristics of each of these, how to recognize them, their degrees or levels, what causes them and how to avoid them. This information will be particularly valuable for HR professionals because they will explore how stereotypes, prejudices and biases:

    • affect employees and their working relationships
    • impede effective communication among employees
    • influence morale, productivity and teamwork

    Dr. Pratibha Kumar is the Founder of Sungh Consultancy LLC, a diversity and inclusion company in the Washington D.C./Baltimore metro region. She is also an Assistant Professor of Communication at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Public Discourse, and has been teaching and doing research for the last 15 years. Her teaching and research interests include diversity, immigration, multiculturalism and gender. Some of her research studies include: cultural differences among astronauts on the International Space Station, social change and reform in developing countries, immigration issues, Muslims and Islamophobia, etc.

    Dr. Kumar has written and presented papers at regional, national and international academic conferences as well as spoken at non-academic, community settings. Her forthcoming chapter titled, “Intersection of Race and Gender: Women of Color Leading Groups” will be published this fall in an edited book, Examining Social Identities and Diversity Issues in Group Therapy:  Knocking at the Boundaries.

    Her terminal degree and academic appointments have given her access to the latest research
    on topics of diversity and inclusion. Organizations often use the phrase “diversity and inclusion”
    in a clichéd manner to check a box or receive funding. Dr. Kumar approaches diversity from the
    perspective of competence. She advocates for a shift from attitudinal to behavioral change—the
    ways in which organizational culture needs to move beyond awareness and apply knowledge to
    tangible actions. She is a current member of the Carroll County SHRM in Maryland.

    We would like to thank Dominion Payroll for being our sponsor!

    We would like to thank Kaufman & Canoles for being our Platinum sponsor!

    This program has been approved for one (1) SHRM PDC and one (1) General HRCI recertification credit.

    If you would like to register for this event, please do so no later than November 12th. To register, please click herePlease note: if for some reason you cannot attend this meeting but registered for it, you must send a cancellation at least 48 hours in advance to Monica Kennedy at Otherwise, you will still be invoiced. - Thanks