Critical Conversations
Monday, December 13, 2021

Kim Tran, PhD

Consultant and Author

Have you given a lot of thought to how power, privilege, race, gender, and class impact your work and your personal experiences? You can now build on your allyship skills by finding concrete ways to help create a healthy environment for marginalized communities in your workplace.

Through active learning and group discussion, this workshop will provide actionable tools that will empower you to advocate for yourself and others. Develop the necessary skills to build bridges across race, ability, gender, and sexuality so you can stand in solidarity with—and show up for—the growing number of people of color, women, queer, and transgender individuals in your work.

Topics covered:

  • Solidarity and the pitfalls of allyship
  • How marginalization shapes the workplace
  • Practical tips and techniques to address marginalization in real time
  • Useful tools for preventing and responding to workplace inequality: what to say, to whom, when, and in what context

Choose between this workshop or the one offered on December 8, 2021. Registration is limited to 35 participants per session, and each person can only attend one session. Reserve your spot now!

About the Speaker

Kim Tran, PhD, is an anti-oppression strategist who uses grassroots organizing and transformative justice approaches in nonprofit and activist spaces. In 2008, she co-established the first LGBTQ YouthSpace in San Jose, California, for a county of 2 million residents. In 2017, Tran was a core planner for the Hai Ba Trung Organizing School, a racial justice incubator program for Vietnamese Americans. For over a decade, she has supported social impact organizations to align their external work and internal values. Her clients include National Center for Lesbian Rights, North Carolina Asian Americans Together, and Sacred Heart Community Services. Her work has been featured in NPR, Slate, and The New York Times. Tran is committed to creating sustainably equitable teams.


December 13, 2021
2:00-3:30pm PST

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.