Written by Michelle Reardon
October 14, 2015

“Be yourself, be mindful, be brave.” These were a few of the community agreements guests were asked to keep in mind upon entering the beautifully transformed space of the Grand Horizon Ballroom for the Every/One’s View event.

A diverse group of over 40 students, faculty and staff mingled and lounged in the intimate space while the host, Raja Bhattar, warmly greeted each guest. The importance of a welcoming environment was evident.

Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Jerry Kang spoke with enthusiasm as he enlightened the audience about implicit and explicit biases in relation to diversity. Kang’s ‘Ted-Talk’ style fascinated the audience as he incorporated an implicit-association test into his presentation.

After a brief Q&A session, guests were asked to reflect and discuss their own thoughts about the night’s topic in smaller groups. Some guests passionately volunteered to share their personal experience with bias. These experiences ranged from gender and skin tone to sexual identity and religion. Others timidly admitted that before that night, they were not familiar with the meaning of the term “bias”.

The event concluded after the smaller groups shared their thoughts generated from the night’s topic. There was a sense of camaraderie between each group as they shared what had been discussed and debated from the night’s topic.

Overall, the Every/One’s View event was an encouraging success. This event created a haven for fostering intellectual conversations, personal experiences and an overall sense of community among a diverse group of Bruins.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
Location: Grand Horizon Ballroom, Covel Commons
Time: 6–8 p.m.
Host: Raja Bhattar, Director, LGBT Resource Center
Speaker: Jerry Kang, Vice Chancellor Equity, Diversity and Inclusion