College of Education holds workshops on body size discrimination
College of Education researchers Nichole kelly and Elizabeth budd will organize several workshops dealing with body size discrimination. Events will be open to all University of Oregon faculty, staff, and students in paid positions.
The workshops will take place on January 11 from noon to 3 p.m., on February 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. and March 1 from noon to 3 p.m. Each workshop will take place on Zoom for the safety of presenters and participants.
“We hope our workshops start a conversation about body size and challenge what people think they know about it,” said Evergreen Assistant Professor Nichole Kelly. “We hope to raise awareness of what discrimination based on body size looks like and come up with concrete ideas to reduce instances of this form of discrimination in their personal and professional lives.”
After attending a workshop, participants should be able to identify body size biases and where they come from, how these biases contribute to inequalities in work settings, and engage in strategies that reduce the bias. body size and promote inclusion in the workplace.
The workshops are part of an ongoing research project focused on reducing weight bias and discrimination and on individual enrichment and learning while contributing to the objective of the research project.
The workshops and their content are not associated with UO discrimination prevention initiatives and trainings. Employee participation is voluntary and has no relation to the employment of UO.
Participants can also participate in a research study to measure the effectiveness of the information provided during the workshop. Attendees will complete a pre and post workshop survey and receive a $ 40 Amazon gift card.
According to Kelly, the workplace is the second most common place people experience body size discrimination, just behind the house. By increasing awareness, Kelly hopes the workshop will help reduce discrimination.
“People who are perceived to have larger body size are judged harshly,” Kelly said. “These experiences – being discriminated against because of your body size – have important and long-term effects on health, well-being, quality of medical care, economic and professional situation of individuals, and so on.
Counseling psychology doctoral students Gabby Luther and Austin Folger will lead the workshops. Both students have an interest in combating discrimination based on body size and have focused much of their research on the subject.
Workshops are limited to 30 participants each and places fill up quickly. Choose a date and time and register online to secure a place. Development of the workshop was made possible by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, Heathy Oregon Challenge Fund, Andrea Wiggins Fund and Hope Baney Fund.