Critical Conversations
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Mercedes Jenkins

Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategist, Google
Portrait of Mercdes Jenkins

This workshop focuses on the power of language and provides a framework on how to craft language that is accurate, empowering, and inclusive. Learn about and discuss coded language—language that reveals our biases—as well as how language can be used as a bridge for unity.

You will walk away being able to:

  • Understand and define what precise and imprecise language is
  • Understand how language reveals our biases
  • Understand how language can be used as a tool of power
  • Craft precise language

Mercedes Jenkins, is the global DEI strategist for Google People Services. She has successfully helped many organizations with their diversity and inclusion efforts.


July 7, 2020
2:00-4:00pm PDT

Critical Conversations was launched in 2020 as a way for Gladstone community members to challenge and empower themselves by considering different ways of thinking through the lens of others. These discussions will encourage you to reframe or shift your perspective. All community members are encouraged to participate and continue the dialogue outside this forum.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At Gladstone, we are committed to providing events and professional development activities that resonate with our community’s diverse members. Our goal is to develop creative programming that encompasses a wide variety of ideas and perspectives to inspire, educate, and engage with everyone within our walls.

We want to effect positive change through our events and activities by providing a platform for discussions on important topics related to increasing diversity and inclusiveness in the sciences.