Benton Lecture Series: The Danger of Acting Now


3:00 pm-4:00 pm
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Communicore Room C1-15
Gainesville, FL 32611


“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama

Dr. Platt’s lecture will address the fear of waiting for the perfect time to be impactful in diversity and inclusion. As a member of an underrepresented group, the opportunity for impact is magnified, as is the visibility, responsibility, perceived consequences of failure, and ultimately, the perceived danger of acting now. Sage professional mentors and family elders may advise “going along to get along” and “not making waves” to be successful.

Dr. Platt will challenge this assumption of the “safe” path to success. Often, if you are the first or the only of a particular demographic category, the path is neither well paved, nor well lit. Dr. Platt will discuss the power and the payoff of being unapologetic about identity, the importance of intersectionality, and being intentional in diversifying the workforce. Now. Not waiting until it is safe.


MONDAY, MARCH 19, 3:00pm – Communicore C1-15

Reception to follow in the Biomedical Sciences Building Atrium