The Dialogue series features two-hour, weekly gatherings that is limited to 15 participants. The sessions are led by trained facilitators. Participants prepare for the discussions by reading short articles before each session.
The facilitators set a safe environment for open, honest discussion around three topic questions with 10-minute breaks during each session. Racism is an institutional construct that was built into our system, and much of it exists today unintentionally and indirectly.
- Session I
Definitions and distinctions needed in the discussion on race
- Session II
White privilege and ignorance
- Session III
Understanding how institutional racism operates, intentionally or not.
- Session IV
“Struggle and Transformation” is about the last movement to end racism, changes that resulted from the movement, and what is left to complete to ensure full rights for all.
- Session V
The affirmative action article is about the constitutional change designed to roll back racial discrimination and level the playing field.
- Session VI
“A Time for Action” and “Can We Talk” are two articles used to discuss how participants can use what they learned to be a part in eliminating racism.
This was a wonderful experience which I felt really brought home the concepts of institutional racism and white privilege. Our group was soon comfortable with each other and able to have an open dialogue on these tough concepts via the guidance of our two wonderful moderators. I strongly recommend this to anyone who wants to understand how racism is having an impact on people of color in the modern world.
- Heather M.
The Dialogue on Race series has been one of the most significant learning experiences I've ever had the pleasure to be a part of. I highly recommend it to anyone who's seriously interested in having an open and honest dialogue (not debate) on race and who also wants to play their role in dismantling racism in our community.
- Eric D.