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Religion and Culture in the Workplace Discussion

Posted On: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Posted By: Sibgha Javaid, Intern DIO Tags: Employee Resource Groups, Interfaith Employee Resource Group

Cultural sensitivity is increasingly important. However, to truly gain a better understanding of culture, we need to understand the role that religion plays in shaping culture, and vice versa. Both culture and religion are highly influenced by one another, and often cannot be fully separated. Contrary to widespread belief, religion is deeply embedded in all dimensions of culture, evolves over time, and has a vast multitude of interpretations which make it internally diverse. Thus, both religion and culture have had vital and sometimes unique roles in shaping the intrinsically linked world of today. Understanding the subtle nuances between religion and culture, as well as how they work together to shape our thoughts, experiences, and beliefs is necessary to foster an inclusive workplace. By learning more about others through cultural and religious sensitivity, we can better serve our own communities and workplaces.

The Diversity and Inclusion Office and the Interfaith Employee Resource Group are planning a discussion on the social forces of religion and culture in the workplace. This discussion is part of our Diversity and Inclusion Intern, Sibgha Javaid's capstone project through the Emerging Professionals Summer Internship Program. This lunchtime discussion will help members of the UMass community come together and discuss their experiences in relation to the roles of religion and culture in the workplace. Through an exploration of religion and culture in a professional setting, we can overcome stereotypes, gain increased awareness of others, and also learn more about ourselves.

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018
12:00 PM– 1:00 PM
(Lunch Provided at 11:30 AM)
Rooms S2-351 & S2-352
UMASS Medical School- University Campus

RSVP: https://w3.umassmed.edu/events/Default.aspx?sID=18276 

Tea-Time Discussion
Thursday, August 2nd, 2018
3:00 PM– 4:00 PM
Conference Room 1
UMass Memorial Medical Center

RSVP:  https://w3.umassmed.edu/events/Default.aspx?deptid=167&sid=18278  

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To RSVP for either event or if you have any questions, please email Fernanda.Gama@umassmed.edu