January 26, 2021

Much hosted Ama Karikari-Yawson for its 16th annual Diversity Day celebration on January 26. Yawson led a dynamic presentation for attorneys and staff titled "Understanding Microaggressions and Learning How to Engage in Culturally Sensitive Communication."

This year's program utilized social science and role-playing to equip employees with tools to define and recognize microaggressions. "Even the most well-meaning individuals can make comments, use pronouns and repeat jokes that reflect stereotypes," Yawson said. She outlined strategies for both engaging in culturally sensitive communication and dealing with microaggressions when they occur. "We want to be color brave, not color blind," Yawson said.

Yawson is an educator on myriad topics, from implicit bias and gender equality to race relations and women's issues to bullying prevention and workplace harassment. She is the founder of Milestales Publishing and Education Consulting and the author of "The Talk: A Black Family's Conversation About Racism and Police Brutality," "Sunne's Gift: How Sunne Overcame Bullying to Reclaim the Gift" and other best-selling books.

During this time of tremendous social mobilization and change, Much's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee is proud to continue its tradition of honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday by providing employees with education to foster a more inclusive workplace.