Oregon Humanities Conversation Project

Thursday, February 28th
Multnomah Arts Center, Room 8
7688 SW Capitol Hwy

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What's in a Label?

Thinking about Diversity and Racial Categories

As humans, we constantly label and categorize information on both conscious and unconscious levels. Labeling enables our brains to sort information efficiently, but the labels and categories we assign to information can form generalizations and stereotypes in our minds. When we allow stereotypes to define individuals, we fail to see the inherent diversity in humans. Race is a form of labeling. What are we describing when we assign racial categories to others and ourselves? How can we use language to increase understanding and connection, and what are its limitations? Join public interest lawyer Ann Su for a conversation exploring how the words we choose influence our understanding of race and racial diversity.

Free event sponsored by Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. Equity and Inclusion Committee
Contact equity-committee-chair@swni.org

This program is made possible by the generous support of Oregon Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Oregon Cultural Trust.