As we venture into serious race-based conversations with friends, family members, or co-workers we should ask ourselves – are we truly ready?
Do we understand race and racism – do we have the tools and the abilities to hold the space and move the conversations to a higher level?
For people of color confronting racism over the course of their lives, discussing hurtful and traumatic experiences can be painful. How can people of color support one another?
How can white people start and continue their own journey?
For people of color and white people without the ability to have productive conversations on race and racism, individuals will continue to find it impossible to critically analyze racial ideologies, increase their compassion for others, and break down barriers to engage in genuine conversations.
In mixed race trios and small groups participants will explore their connection to race and race relations.
Participants will explore why these conversations are difficult and learn practical techniques they can use to initiate honest conversations about race and racism in family, in community, and in workspaces.
Facilitators will model race-based conversations to demonstrate techniques and skills to hold the space and dialogues.
Participants will learn how to sit with being uncomfortable in the moment and stay engaged.
Participants will practice being present to oneself and others when emotions are high.
Participants will gain new perspectives on their struggles through reflection and connection with others, and will develop strategies for future conversations on race and racism.
Join us in conversations to deepen our understanding of race and racism, to connect, and to build community. Registration is $40 per person, no one turned away for lack of funds.