Moving Toward Inclusive Practice – Asking Questions

About this Episode

How do we as helping professionals ask questions when we don’t always get information back from people that may be relevant to helping others in a cultural context?  In this episode we hear how if we don’t ask everyone the question, we may be missing someone and may be missing how we can serve them. Anne Phibbs gives the listener examples of when a well-placed question can go a long way, and in the questioning we can create inclusion.

As you listen to this episode, “Asking Questions” think about the following:

Why do we get scared to ask questions?

What is best practice when we check in with someone?

What is magic thinking?

Are helping professionals able to tell a well-meaning question from one with judgment behind it?

Guest Bio

Anne Phibbs, PhD is Founder and President of Strategic Diversity Initiatives and brings over 25 years’ experience helping organizations advance their equity, diversity, and Anne Phibbsinclusion goals. Anne has extensive experience in training, teaching, curriculum development, and training of trainers. She has delivered workshops and classes to participants in corporate, government, higher education, nonprofit, healthcare, and faith community settings.

Anne served as GLBT Student Services Director at Metropolitan State University, and at the University of Minnesota she served as Director of the GLBTA Programs Office and Director of Education in the Office for Equity and Diversity. Anne built a successful diversity and inclusion leadership program at the University of Minnesota, with a focus on emotional intelligence (EI), and she is an EI Practitioner certified in the EQ-i2.0 and EQ360 method. Anne earned her PhD in Philosophy and Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota and lives in Minneapolis.

Additional Materials

Cultural Competency: Awareness – Action – Advocacy, 2018 Military Families Learning Network Virtual Conference website

Storytelling for Cultural Competence, 2018 Military Families Learning Network Virtual Conference website

Advocacy Action Plan, 2018 Military Families Learning Network Virtual Conference



This material is based on work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, U.S. Department of Defense Award Number 2015-48770-24368.

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