Office of Equity and Inclusion to Hold Post-Election Talk and Q&A on ‘Leading Change in a Traumatized World’

On Thursday, Nov. 5 at 12:30 p.m., Sara Konrath will join staff from the Office of Equity and Inclusion for a discussion on “Leading Change in a Traumatized World.” The talk will address the current polarized climate in the lead-up and aftermath of the 2020 election and how this climate and the COVID-19 pandemic have intensified issues of racial injustice, economic inequality and political polarization. 

In this talk, Konrath will present a framework that will help us discover how anyone can lead for change and present a discussion on change and the spectrum from stress to trauma. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Registration is required.

Sara Konrath is a social psychologist who directs the Interdisciplinary Program on Empathy and Altruism Research ( at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Her scientific research focuses on topics related to social and emotional intelligence. For example, her studies explore changes over time in these traits among American young people. Other research examines implications of these traits for individuals themselves and for other people. She has published extensively on the health and happiness benefits of giving. She also creates and evaluates empathy-building training programs in a variety of groups, including young people, nonprofit professionals, art museum staff and visitors and doctors. Konrath writes a popular Psychology Today blog, “The Empathy Gap,” and is regularly featured in media outlets, including the New York Times, Time Magazine, NPR radio, and BBC news. Her forthcoming book is called “Culture of Burnout: American life in an age of increasing expectations.” She is currently a visiting professor at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study.

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