ICYMI: YOUR Privilege with Deborah L. Plummer

On a windy Wednesday morning in October, a group of women gathered at Foley Hoag’s office in the Seaport and spent the next 90 minutes engaged in a dynamic, smart and often funny seminar given by Deborah L. Plummer, PhD, a nationally recognized psychologist and diversity management thought leader. Dr. Plummer is currently Vice Chancellor/Chief Diversity Officer at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care.

Attendees were challenged to take a close look at their own privilege by filling out sections of a “Diversity Petal,” and convening in small groups to discuss the many ways privilege shows up–or doesn’t show up–in their lives.

Dr. Plummer also, through multitudes of research, helped attendees examine the effects and impact privilege has on our daily behaviors, practices and policies. At the end of the session, attendees left with a greater understanding of individual privilege and its interplay with race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, ability, class, religion, education level and other dimensions of diversity.

If you’re interested in reading more of Dr. Plummer’s work, check out her books:

Author: Some of My Friends Are…The Daunting Challenges and Untapped Benefits of Cross-Racial Friendships (Beacon Press)

Advancing Inclusion: A Guide for Effective Diversity Council and Employee Resource Group Membership (Half Dozen Publications)

Racing Across the Lines: Changing Race Relations through Friendships (Pilgrim Press)

Editor: Handbook of Diversity Management (Rowman and Littlefield)