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Personal Battle - March 2021 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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W e should all engage in dialogues with people who are different than we are — whether that's a different race, gender identity, cultural background or generation — to learn about perspectives other than our own. Listening sessions create safe forums where these needed conversations take place. It's where diverse groups of people share personal experiences and perspectives, clarify viewpoints and develop solu- tions to common concerns. Achieving these worth- while goals begins by simply talking to others who challenge your worldview. Here's how to get the conversations started. • Expand your world. You must first address confirmation bias, which involves gravitating to 1 6 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A R C H 2 0 2 1 information that confirms what you already believe and what you've experienced. To combat confirma- tion bias, connect with people with backgrounds, interests and abilities that challenge your world- view. Go to different events or visit various commu- nities, not to help or save, but simply to share expe- riences with people who are different than you. Hearing stories that are counter to your life expe- rience doesn't deny the validity of your past. When open and honest conversations occur, all partici- pants have opportunities to clarify their viewpoints and ultimately develop solutions to issues or con- cerns that define the community in which they work or live. Addressing issues related to equity or inclusion can't happen until these dialogues occur. Listen and Learn Honest talk about our differences leads to greater understanding. Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Elsa Dimitriadis and Skyra Rideaux NEUTRAL VOICE A facilitator's job during listening sessions is to make uncomfortable conversations easier to navigate. Conversation Starters

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