2014 Social Identities in the Workplace: Patterns of Individual/Collective Behaviors

When & Where

University of Michigan
Rachel Upjohn Building Auditorium
4250 Plymouth Road Garden Level
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)


Event Details

Scholars use the phrase “social location” to capture how the intersection of social identities: race, gender, orientation, religion, and social class positions one in a particular place within society. This interactive workshop integrates a historical and current analysis of workplace patterns that identify the array of factors shaping the connections/crossroads of social identity behaviors in the workplace. Additionally, the workshop creates a space for attendees to become aware of social identity challenges while empowering them with knowledge and strategies to effect positive change in their current workplace culture(s) through dialogue. The workshop is a unique exploration of various types of privilege, layers of invisibility, and levels of micro-aggression within the work environment aimed at providing Diversity Officers, managers, supervisors, and employees with strategies to navigate “social location” in the modern day workplace.


The Workshop Will:

  1. Support learning about and exploration of the various aspects of social identity and social location to increase knowledge and awareness levels.
  2. Set the stage for each attendee to begin to identify strategies to address social identities within their respective work environments.
  3. Support current research by exploring the experiences of those attending the workshop by gathering thoughts about differences in the U.S. Labor Market in relation to the medley of competing social identities participating in today’s workplaces.



M. Michelle
Administrator and Lecturer
University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts


Individual Registration, UM Staff — Free

Individual Registration, Members — Free

Individual Registration, Non-members — $25