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Posted On: Monday, June 06, 2016 Posted By: Diversity Office Tags: Committee on Equal Opportunity and Diversity

Our campus conversation, Wednesday June 8, 2016 11:30AM-1PM, Cultivating a Culture of Respect, facilitated by Candi Castleberry Singleton,  is part of our system-wide diversity competence education initiative, Bullying: Beyond Finger-Pointing to a Culture of Respect.  We are pleased to welcome Candi for this very important conversation to assist us in a campus assessment and developing diversity competencies that enhance our culture of respect. 

The Committee of Equal Opportunity & Diversity (CEOD) has initiated a synergy project among its nine subcommittees that focuses on understanding bullying behavior in the work place.    Bullying: Beyond Finger-Pointing to a Culture of Respect, is a system-wide (medical school and hospital system) diversity competence education initiative. The goal of the initiative is to provide insight through the self-assessment and then convene the campus community conversation to review lessons learned and develop diversity competencies that enhance our culture of respect.

Bullying is often targeted toward those individuals who represent dimensions of diversity such as age, disability, sexual orientation and gender and race/ethnicity. It can be a form of unconscious bias that even well-intentioned individuals inadvertently engage in. The topic of bullying has recently extended beyond school environments to the forefront in organizations. Eliminating bullying creates a civil environment that helps to achieve our mission.

Candi Castleberry Singleton speaker for Bullying Synergy Campus Conversation

Candi Castleberry Singleton is the former Chief Diversity Officer for UPMC and founder and CEO of Dignity & Respect Inc. an organization dedicated to making the world a better place for ALL to live—with ALL of our differences. Based on the foundation of 30 Tips, the Campaign promotes dignity and respect for self, others, and communities.

Candi is an international speaker, teacher, and mentor. She has delivered inspiring keynotes and lectures from Beijing to Budapest to Boston and serves as an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University. She received an MBA from Pepperdine University, a bachelor’s degree in legal studies from UC Berkeley, and completed the Stanford University Executive Human Resources program.