How to speak up against stereotypes

Award-winning training videos to help you create a respectful workplace

Learning how to speak up

What do you do if a colleague, friend or family member is the target of bias or a demeaning stereotype? What if you are the target?

Staying silent in the face of bias, stereotypes and demeaning comments or jokes permits these attitudes and behaviors to persist, thereby undermining our ability to create an inclusive community where everyone is welcomed and treated with respect.

OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts is a program designed to explore the impact of bias and stereotypes, explain why people don't speak up against bias and stereotypes, and help participants learn techniques for speaking up against bias and stereotypes without blame or guilt.

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Encouraging the silent bystander

Many people say they want to speak up when they see others stereotyped, disrespected, or demeaned, but they stand by silently because of discomfort or the fear of saying the wrong thing. They turn away thinking, “who am I to get involved, this isn't my business.” But as a bystander, you ARE part of the conversation. You are the audience. Your silence allows the disrespectful behavior to continue. Your silence hurts.

Ouch! Your Silence Hurts
challenges viewers by asking, "How will you personally respond next time you witness somebody being treated with disrespect?" In a powerful and compelling way, this 9-minute video motivates bystanders to use their voice to speak up for respect on behalf of someone else.

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