Mikaila Brown is a fashion anthropologist with a doctorate in Anthropology and Education from Columbia University. After working for designers like Oscar de la Renta, Pamela Roland, and Betsey Johnson, she ran a socially conscious fashion line for four years. This has evolved into The Common Thread Project (TCTP), a travel and fashion brand which highlights the cultural diversities within the fashion industry by investigating the style trends of local communities. TCTP uses anthropological tools to unpack the historical, cultural, and political roots behind the trends that locals wear, specifically looking at the ways in which these communities use style choices to communicate who they are and what they value. Dr. Brown shares this knowledge with the public by offering cultural shopping tours through Airbnb’s new experiential arm. Her company also works with fashion brands to help them provide design options that are as culturally sensitive as they are consumable.
Our Symposium sessions feature a week of live, highly interactive virtual Zoom sessions to explore today's most pressing topics. The Diversity and Inclusion Symposium offers you a unique opportunity to engage in real-time conversations with peers and experts from the Cornell community and beyond. Using the context of your own experiences, you will take part in reflections and small-group discussions to build on the skills and knowledge you have gained from your courses.
Join us for the next Symposium, starting September 27. From the workplace to our homes, discussions about diversity and inclusion are necessary to become aware of our biases and promote action and change. Throughout this Symposium, you will examine and dissect key diversity and inclusion topics such as unconscious bias, psychological safety, belonging, inclusive leadership, cross-cultural conversations, and the nuance of equity. By participating in dynamic and relevant dialogues, you will discover a variety of perspectives and create genuine connections with participants from diverse industries and backgrounds.
Symposium Schedule - September 27 - October 1, 2021
All sessions are held on Zoom from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET.
- Monday, September 27 - Overcoming Resistance to Inclusion in the Workplace
- Tuesday, September 28 - Leading for an Inclusive Culture
- Wednesday, September 29 - Fostering Cross-Cultural Conversations Within Work Teams
- Thursday, September 30 - Open Forum: Participant-Generated Discussion Topics
- Friday, October 1 - Promoting Equity at Work
You may participate in as many sessions as you wish. Attending Symposium sessions is not required to successfully complete the certificate program. Once enrolled in your courses, you will receive information about upcoming events. Accessibility accommodations will be available upon request.
- Analyze the concept of equity and explore strategies for fostering equity within your teams
- Discover best practices for confronting resistance to inclusion
- Dialogue about psychological safety and its relevance to your organization
- Brainstorm techniques for fostering cross-cultural conversations in the workplace
- Connect with peers on proven inclusive leadership traits