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Discussion on: [On-Demand Talk] Docs For Equity - Teaching Our Way Out Of Impostor Syndrome

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Tiffany (she/ela)

Hi, Julia! I can't count how many talented people who belong to marginalized groups I have met with impostor syndrome. It makes me so sad and angry that almost every place and position that we try to occupy helps building impostor syndrome. Thanks for this talk.

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Julia Seidman Author

Absolutely! I think, though, that it's really important to disambiguate "impostor syndrome" from experiences of bias and discrimination. If someone from a marginalized group is feeling undermined or unsupported, there's a decent likelihood that they actually ARE being undermined or don't have the full support of their co-workers. If they did, we'd see much better retention over the long term. That's not impostor syndrome - that's discrimination.