Poor racial discussions can result in misunderstandings, increased antagonism among teacher/student or peer-to-peer, and blockages in learning (specifically for the minority group). Skillfully handled, however, racial discussions can improve communication and learning, enhance racial harmony, increase racial literacy and expand critical consciousness of one’s racial/cultural identity.
Empathetic listening is a way of listening and responding to another person that improves mutual understanding and trust.
Racial Consciousness - admitting that you don’t know all that you have claimed to know or honestly believed you knew about race and how it affects your life as well as the lives of others.
The reaction guage is designed to help individuals identify how they are internally reacting to situations and experiences related to race. As the 4 primary ways people deal with racial information, events, and issues.
Setup group rules, expectations, and present conversation questions.
Why is it important to develop a common language? When can I start teaching my kids language related to race?
Equity aims to even the playing field by understanding where people are coming from and give them what they need to be successful. The difference between equality and equity is that everyone will not get the same things; some will need more, some will need less, and there will be a lot that need different.
The Commitments are established from the Courageous Conversations Four Agreements: Stay Engaged, Speak Your Truth, Experience Discomfort, and Expect and Accept Non-Closure.
Partner & group work to learn from our differences--to understand each other's understanding.