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McKelvey School of Engineering

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Is Professionalism a Racist Construct?

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 | 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

The term “professionalism” has at times been used to silence and marginalize people of color, when attributes of appearance, language or interactions that have nothing to do with job knowledge or constructive collegial relationships are labeled as “unprofessional”. In this context, so-called professionalism is coded language, a construct that upholds institutional racist policies and excluding practices.

This presentation will explore dismantling white supremacy and privilege in varied contexts while upholding social justice and advancing effective workplaces in which all contributors can bring their full selves to the job site.

This presentation is part of the Brown School's recognition of Black History Month.

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Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Brown School


Humanities & Society, Campus & Community



Black History Month
Social Work
Event Contact


Speaker Information

Jewel D. Stafford
Assistant Dean for Field Education
Teaching Professor, Brown School

Cynthia D. Williams
Assistant Dean for Community Partnerships, Brown School

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