Thursday, November 14, 2013

Empathy Week Presentation - Great Job, Meghan!

       Tuesday night, sophomore ADE sister and GOLD Leader Mentor Meghan Barrett (check out her profile here), gave an adapted version of her GOLD Silver Level Workshop Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking (based on the book and Ted Talk by Susan Cain) as part of Putnam Hall’s Empathy Week Program. The presentation, which lasted a little less than an hour, was accompanied by a lively and enthusiastic discussion with the audience as Meghan fielded questions from those students attending.

            While the presentation began as an exploration of introversion (from the biology, to the history, to the term’s practical applications), the talk back quickly began to focus on the accommodation and understanding of introversion as yet another form of empathy. Meghan, at one point throughout the evening, said:

            Remembering that each person is so much more than we will ever know or understand, that they are a unique brand of complexity that we have never before experienced, will lead to the kind of comprehensive social awareness we need to develop respect for all people regardless of religion, gender, race, sexuality, disability, or personality. No matter how many times you put people in boxes, lump them together with others and call them another example of a stereotype, if you bother to look again, they will find their way out.

            We’re so proud of our sister’s eloquence, leadership capabilities, and willingness to stand up for a topic that most people remain silent about. Introverts are notoriously bad at standing up for themselves and their personality and, especially in this increasingly extrovert-centric world, it’s more important than ever to stand up. Last year, Meghan wrote an article about the excessive emphasis on extroversion in the educational system for the Lamron, which can be found here

            Interested in getting involved with Meghan’s campaign to speak up about introversion – or just want to have a conversation about empathy, respect, and individualism? Feel free to contact Meghan at to get the discussion going or come meet her in person at any of our events! 

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