In case you missed the broadcast of Your Brain is Good at Inclusion... Except When It’s Not, or you’re back for an encore viewing, we’re happy to share this science-based workshop presented by diversity expert, Dr. Steve Robbins. This recording will be available until Thursday, August 13, at midnight ET.
In his workshop, Dr. Robbins shares his family’s story and speaks about why the work of inclusion and diversity is so important to him and important to others. The Nguyen-Robbins “Tall Trees” Scholarship Endowment was created by Steve L. Robbins, Ph.D. (’94, ‘96) in honor of his mother and sister. The name “Tall Trees” comes from a Chinese proverb that Steve’s mom (Dung/Nancy) offered to him regularly; “Tall trees face strong winds.” It was a reminder for Steve that there will be tough times and injustices in life. Those are the times to stand tall and speak up, knowing that the winds of injustice will be strong, not for himself, but for others.
Steve’s mom stood tall for him and others in the midst of poverty, abuse, and discrimination. This endowment hopes to honor her and his sister, who passed too early, and for the love they surrounded him while growing up.
Awarded annually, the scholarship will assist first-generation college students within the College of Communication Arts & Sciences’ Communication Department at Michigan State University.
Click here if you would like to make a donation to the Nguyen-Robbins “Tall Trees” Scholarship Endowment.
For any person or organization that makes a minimum $4,000 contribution to the endowment, Dr. Robbins will provide* a lifetime license to a video series he produced entitled “Inclusive History and Heritage Series.” The series includes 64 short, animated videos that spotlight “hidden figures” during recognized history months like Black History, LGBT+ Pride, Native American Heritage, and more. With 7 months of inclusive content, the series can be used by organizations for educating about and celebrating persons and groups who have been left out of our history books. It’s a series meant to benefit any organization’s inclusion and diversity strategy. For inquiries regarding this unique and valuable series, please contact Dr. Steve Robbins or visit his website.
* - Dr. Steve Robbins will be responsible for the delivery of “Inclusive History and Heritage Series” to any person or organization that makes a $4,000 contribution. For questions regarding delivery, please contact Dr. Robbins at email@example.com.
*Clicking the link will take you the secure Michigan State giving portal
About This Webcast
This video provides an innovative, science-based look at the benefits of creating inclusive workplaces. Dr. Robbins explores the human, hard-wired need to be valued and included – and what happens when that need is not met. Using the fields of cognitive neuroscience, social-psychology, and communication, the workshop will demonstrate how our brain has natural and developed tendencies (i.e. biases) that can help us achieve goals, but also lead to unintended consequences, like the exclusion of others who are different than us.
Dr. Robbins shows that the key to battling bias in organizations begins with understanding how the human brain operates, but ultimately requires changes in individual and organizational patterns of beliefs and behaviors. Listeners will be provided with terms and a language that invite people into productive conversations about inclusion and diversity.
The content views expressed in this presentation are solely those of the presenter and not necessarily those of the Adecco Group or its subsidiaries. This session contains sensitive material, including references to violence, sexual assault and suicide. Viewer discretion is advised.
About The Speaker
A powerful storyteller with a powerful story to tell, Dr. Steve L. Robbins has an uncanny ability to inspire people even in the midst of disruption, and challenging the way they think about the world. Working through and rising out of the challenges of poverty, discrimination and the tough streets of Los Angeles, Dr. Robbins now brings insightful perspectives on issues of inclusion & innovation, leadership, and the power of caring.
The inclusive power of his message are why organizations like Coca-Cola, Disney, Walmart, Lululemon, Pixar, NASA, The NBA, Michelin, Bank of America, Mercedes-Benz, and numerous others call on Dr. Robbins to inspire, educate and prepare their people for the exciting challenges of dynamic and diverse environments. His approach does NOT blame or point fingers. It uses neuroscience and the science of human behavior to encourage individuals and organizations to be more open-minded, mindful and intentional about inclusion and valuing people for their unique gifts, abilities, and experiences.