Being a Solo Person in an Organization – Coalition Building for Creating Change
CEW+, 330 East Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
The workshop is from 2-3:30, followed by a networking reception until 4:00.
There are several psychological and professional considerations that solo persons can use to survive in organizations and create change. The objectives of this workshop are (a) to focus on one professional consideration, namely, coalition building across social identity lines, and (b) to reflect on how three psychological considerations based on the social psychologist Serge Moscovici’s work can be utilized to create change. Part 1 will be to create a better understanding of the differences, but also the similarities we have with others and how our own social identity and cultural background could potentially limit us in building successful coalitions. Part 2 will introduce Moscovici’s work concerning how solo persons need to be persistent and consistent and have the self-confidence to bring about change. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss how these principles can be applied to their own situation and share strategies that might result in increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in their own organizational environment.
Marita R. Inglehart, Dipl. Psych., Dr. phil., Dr. phil. habil. is a Professor of Dentistry in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the School of Dentistry and an Adjunct Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology in LSA at the University of Michigan. Her teaching of dental and dental hygiene students focuses on educating patient-centered and culturally sensitive future dental care providers who appreciate interprofessional collaborations. Her research focuses on the role of psycho-social factors in providing care and increasing access to care for underserved patient populations such as patients from socio-economically disadvantaged and/or racial/ethnic minority backgrounds, patients with special health care needs and/or from LGBTQ+ backgrounds.