Professor Hillary Burgess presented about conversational prejudice at the Widener School of Law Academic Support & Bar Programs Workshop.
Professor Burgess discussed various aspects of Deborah Tannen’s research on how conversational styles differ and how style differences can reinforce discrimination in cross-cultural contexts. Professor Burgess posited that academic counselors have a duty to familiarize ourselves with conversational differences in order to reduce implicit discrimination. Professor Burgess further posited that academic counselors have a duty to adapt our conversational styles in individual counseling sessions to communicate with students more effectively. The Widener School of Law Academic Support and Bar Workshop was a national conference attended by interested faculty and Academic Success Professors from schools across the country.