Just Be Yourself But Not Really

A group of various people at an office meeting.

Should you change how you behave to fit in?

CaTyra Polland

CaTyra Polland headshot.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Noon-1 p.m. EST

Code switching is the act of adjusting language, behavior or attitude to adapt to a situation, environment, location or culture. 

No one is immune to code switching. However, there are variations and levels of code switching. Some groups have to code switch more often and more in depth than others.

This webinar will discuss common types of code switching and how it impacts those who are expected to assimilate to the dominant culture.

About CaTyra Polland
CaTyra Polland, BA '08, is the CEO/Founder of Love for Words (an editing boutique for writers and authors), an 8x published author, editor, poet, speaker, and instructor. She earned her Masters degree from the University at Albany.

She is the Creator/Hostess of Editor Knows Best, an international writing and editing podcast for literary professionals. CaTyra launched Literacy Love, a scholarship for high school students in 2020. She also founded and hosted Writers Paradise, a writing forum for writers and authors.

CaTyra has served on dozens of panels including the Wood Library, Finger Lakes Community College, SCORE Mentors of Greater Rochester, and the Ladder Literary Conference hosted by Writers & Books. She has been a guest on over two dozen podcasts and been featured in the Rochester Business Journal and City Newspaper. Additionally, she has been on Spectrum News, WROC8, and WHAM13. She is also no stranger to radio, she has been a guest on 105.5 The Beat, WAYO 104.3, and WXIR 100.9. 

She is a Rochester Business Journal Forty Under 40 Honoree, a national Point of Light Honoree, Rochester Chamber IGNITE Award Finalist, and a WDKX Women for Women Inspiring Woman.  She is the Executive Secretary of the Rochester Black Authors Association. She also serves on three other boards: 540 WMain, Conscious Capitalism, Innova Girls Academy.