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Let's Talk About Race

Learn to have difficult conversations! 

Talking about race, although difficult is necessary and very rewarding. We can provide you with the tools and guidance you need to strengthen your journey and enable your conversations.

Talking about race matters and it starts with personal reflection:

Basic Race Talk Level I

  • When were you first aware of your race?

  • What do you remember from childhood about how you made sense of human differences? What confused you?

  • What childhood experiences did you have with friends or adults who were different from you in some way?

  • How, if ever, did any adult give you help thinking about racial differences?

 

Let's Start Talking about Race to get to know one another.  How do we self identify, racially, ethnically?  What are our earliest memories of race?  Where did we grow up?  Who were our neighbors and friends?  

 

Companies, communities, schools, parents  are missing out on easy ways to promote justice diversity and equity  By simply promoting and starting conversations about race.  The conversations around diversity, inclusion and belonging need be continuous for real and  sustainable impact. Hire us for Level I, Conversations about diversity, inclusion and belonging.  Unfold race conversations throughout your organizations.

 

While conversations around implicit bias and microaggressions are valuable and important, they are not the only way to address diversity and inclusion.  Simple conversations that allow employees to share who they are and their experiences are just as important.  

 

So how to start meaningful conversations?  Begin to know your colleagues and coworkers better? Easy with conversation starters!

 

Race Talk Level II

 

Hire us for Level II Difficult conversations about race.

 

It is difficult to talk about race because we are accustomed to expecting comfort.  Why not embrace discomfort. 

 

Embrace the discomfort of not knowing.

On our way to new knowledge, we have to release the expectaction of comfort and embrace the discomfort of not knowing.  The discomfort of not having all the answers. We don’t know what we don’t know. As we acknowledge this, it is important to understand that a willingness to be educated and informed is what will help us grow. This is true in life and especially true when it comes to race. You don’t have all the sides to a story or know everything. Be comfortable with the feeling of not understanding or knowing enough yet. Be comfortable changing your mind. Don’t let not knowing hold you back -- instead, let it push you to learn more. It is not enough to recognize and remain complacent in this state of unknowing; allow this to be a catalyst to become informed. 

Research and Relearn American history

Go deeper.  Find out what you don't know.

 

Developing a strong understanding of race requires a willingness to research what you don't know. We can all accomplish a lot on our own through offline and online resources. Articles, books, academic studies, webinars, and video series are out there just waiting to be discovered. 

 

There are workshops, conferences, meetups, and casual conversations with friends and colleagues. Those conversations can be tough, but there’s no growth without stretching. Its ok to have conversations whenever and with whomever. But if we only have personal conversations, we’re only learning about the personal side of race and racism.

 

We have to get educated about how we got here to effectively understand a way  to move forward. The effort should go beyond personal conversations; this dialogue is only the starting point in the effort to become educated and understanding of the complex topic of race. 

 

Listen and open up and hear.

Diane's Family Story

"My mother was black and Mexican.  My dad Chinese, Irish and Black.  My siblings and I are Black, Chinese, Mexican, Irish, Native American. Is it any wonder that I am fluent in race?"

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