D&I: Dark Side of Employee Relationships, Stereotypes, and Prejudices

June 09, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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It goes without saying that with society today, our workforce is also becoming rapidly diverse. In order to embrace and celebrate differences, 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 than 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 and prejudices (and biases, time permitting). 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 and prejudices:

  1. Affect employees and their working relationships
  2. Impede effective communication among employees
  3. Influence morale, productivity and teamwork

At the end of this presentation you will be able to:

  • Understand the implications of diversity and inclusion for HR.
  • Learn how cultural values affect people’s behavior.
  • Examine the relationship between perception and judgment.
  • Recognize how stereotypes and prejudices manifest in the workplace.
  • Learn their causes and degrees, and how to avoid them.
  • Explore diversity from a pragmatic standpoint, and how to move toward a more inclusive organizational climate.


Dr. Pratibha Kumar is the Founder of Sungh Consultancy LLC, a diversity and inclusion company in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. metro region. She is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland, and her teaching and research interests include interpersonal and intercultural communication, multiculturalism, and gender. Her training philosophy is to apply relevant theoretical concepts to practical settings of organizations and personnel management in order to help companies achieve their full potential. Dr. Kumar delivers talks and presentations to local SHRM chapters as a way to give back. She also provides trainings, seminars, and coaching to organizations on D&I and communication issues.

Dr. Kumar holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of North Dakota, and she has been teaching and doing research for the last 15 years. Her research has focused on cultural differences among astronauts on the International Space Station, social change and reform in developing countries, immigration issues, Muslims and Islamophobia, etc. She 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 spring 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 and information on topics of diversity and inclusion. She is a current member of the Carroll County SHRM in Maryland.

Phone: 301-401-9849  | Email: [email protected]
Address: 497 Tracy Ct. Westminster, MD 21157

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