social activism and your career

Social Activism & Your Career

  • When: Wednesday, Oct. 14 at noon EST
  • Where: Virtual

In this time of civil unrest, social justice movements, and a heated presidential election, what intersections can exist between activity outside of the office and our professional lives?

Social Activism has many forms. It can be difficult to keep calm and separate personal passions from work. And there can be rules — and gray areas — depending on your job or professional persona.

Let’s discuss and navigate this together with A.K. Ward and Ubadah Sabbagh.

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About the speakers

A.K. Ward, associate professor of management at Virginia Tech, teaches courses on organizational behavior, multicultural diversity in organizations, and management. Her research focuses mainly on diversity climate, identification, voice, and cross-cultural issues. She has conducted field studies and experiments in China, South Korea, and the U.S., and she regularly travels abroad to give research presentations.

She has published articles in Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management Review, Journal of Business and Psychology, Industrial Relations, Journal of Teaching in International Business, and Scientific Reports. She currently serves on editorial boards for Human Resource Management and Human Resource Management Review. She actively contributes to diversity-related initiatives and events at Virginia Tech and in the broader Management professional context, and she served as the Associate Director of Pamplin’s Business Diversity Center for three years.

Ubadah Sabbagh is a neuroscientist and writer. His research done at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, focuses on the development of the visual system, specifically studying how the connections between the retina and brain wire up. Outside of the laboratory, Ubadah is heavily involved in STEM outreach, science policy, and advocacy.

His writing and opinions have been featured in various outlets, including the Washington Post, New York Times, Huffington Post, and Scientific American. You can learn more about Ubadah and his work at and follow him on Twitter (@neubadah).

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