A university is hosting an online forum that will explore whether the term ‘professionalism’ is racist – and according to the event’s synopsis, it is.
The February 1 presentation at Washington University’s St. Louis campus centers around a term defined by Merriam-Webster as ‘the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person.’
An explainer for the upcoming virtual event reads: ‘The term “professionalism” has at times been used to silence and marginalize people of color, when attributes of appearance, language or interactions that have nothing to do with job knowledge or constructive collegial relationships are labeled as “unprofessional”.
‘In this context, so-called professionalism is coded language, a construct that upholds institutional racist policies and excluding practices.’
As of Monday, 13 people expressed interest in the event, which is being hosted by assistant dean of community partnerships Cynthia Williams and Jewel Stafford, director of the field education office’s racial equity fellowship program.
Employees at Washington University’s St. Louis campus are posing the question: ‘Is professionalism a racist construct?’ They’ll lead a discussion on the topic during an hourlong forum slated for Universitas Alma Ata Bantul February 1
The event will be hosted by assistant dean of community partnerships Cynthia Williams (left) and Jewel Stafford, director of the field education office’s racial equity fellowship program (right)
The event hosts did not respond to a DailyMail.com query, but Stafford’s research is focused on ‘examini