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Course Description

No matter where you are on the spectrum of unconscious bias and race awareness, in America you are swimming in it 24/7.

Anchored in dozens of facts about our U.S. history that most of us never learned in school, this 2-day intensive workshop is an experiential, personal exploration of race and its impact on our perspectives that is guaranteed to give you an experience of diversity, not just a discussion about it.

You will be part of an intimate, truly multi-racial group that includes ChoicePoints Learning’s adjunct staff who welcome the chance to interact with and teach you about their lived experience as Black, Indigenous, and Other People of Color (BIPOC) in America. 

Targeted for leaders and professionals who are wrestling with how to embody genuine inclusion in order to respond authentically to the cultural shifts after 2020’s racial protests, this approach, tested over 5 years, unlocks a depth of connection and learning unprecedented in mixed race company.

And the payoff? If you are willing to stay curious instead of careful in mixed race conversations, you will be at the forefront of unlocking the enormous human potential buried in today's and tomorrow’s organizations.

Purpose

Our purpose is to equip you to take a constructive role in the daily work of dismantling the subtle racism so often hiding in our human interactions.  By learning to recognize the invisible daily personal choice points that we usually ignore, you will learn to reach across race with deeper listening, curiosity, and courage to acts in ways that promote mutual understanding, appreciation and respect.

Course Outline

Module 1: Race Through Age And Stage- a personal journey of your story about race and how it shaped your formative years.

Module 2: Race in America a 2.5 hour interactive historical look at the role and impact of race and how it frames the America we live in.

Module 3: Race in Mixed Company the majority of our time will be in interactive exercises carefully curated to help you recognize choice points and become more authentic in your interactions across race.

 

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the training, you will be able to:

• Challenge your hidden assumptions around race;

• Recognize differences between the everyday experiences for white and for BIPOC people in America;

• Demonstrate the courage to stay curious instead of careful, say what you’re really thinking, and ask what you’re really wondering in racially mixed groups;

• Understand what it means to be genuine in racially mixed groups, both professionally and personally, getting beyond the myth of colorblindness.

 

A Note about the Many Other Dimensions of Identity - There are MANY dimensions of personal identity, and we do not in any way mean to diminish other forms such as gender, ethnicity, class, sexuality, etc. It is because of the life and death nature of the race dynamic in the U.S. that we find it to be especially powerful as the place to start in building a mindset of authentic inclusion.

When Registering, it is necessary to ask you to identify your race during the registration process so that we can staff the event to provide you the level of diversity that is so rare in American neighborhoods and organizations today. 

We find that it is both the quality AND the quantity time of exposure to those who are different from you that will move you past discomfort to an ease where you can be yourself. This can disarm the awkwardness or tension due to difference, allowing you to build more genuine relationships.

 

 

Notes

Alumni
Graduates from the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University are eligible for a 10% alumni discount on select ITL courses, workshops, and seminars (certificate programs excluded). Send an email to itlprograms@georgetown.edu to learn about your eligibility.

Early Registration
Participants who register at least 21 days prior to the course start date will receive a 10% tuition discount. Please note that only one tuition discount can be applied at time of registration.

Course Registration
This course is an open enrollment course. No application is required and registration is available by clicking "Add to Cart." Current students must register with their Georgetown NetID and password. New students will be prompted to create an account prior to registration.

Please review the refund policies in our Student Handbook before completing your registration.

 

Instructors

Tracy Carmen-Jones, MBA

Power. The kind that fires within and lets you know that you are, you can, and you will.

Tracy Carmen-Jones believes that people possess innate power to Stand Up, Stand Out and Stand Together to achieve sustainable, extraordinary results and make a difference.

Tracy is a Georgetown University ITL leadership coach and has an MBA from J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University and BSBA, Georgetown University.

Tracy is the founder of the WaterLight Group, a leadership development and management consulting firm that enables leaders to develop go-forward strategies, cultivate skills and sharpen interpersonal behaviors. Consulting engagements include business strategic plans, process reengineering and organizational change management.

She coaches both 1-1 and groups and delivers large-scale leadership training. She is the creative spark behind WaterLight Group’s PITstop program, STAND series and GO BIG modules that facilitate self-awareness and stimulate participants to move towards committed goals through experiential, engaging workshops.

Tracy had the divine pleasure in 2016 of bringing to life the New Normal Small Discussion Groups, a year long journey to deepen knowledge, awareness and appreciation of the black/white dynamic in America.

A proud supporter of developing leadership in children though scouting, Tracy is a Girl Scout leader and a persistent stand, advocate and guide behind boys journeying to become Eagle Scouts.

As a serial leisure competitor in triathlons, golf, tennis and board games, Tracy has oodles of kinetic energy and loves a good laugh.

She lives in Houston, Texas with her budding teens Zachary Clarence, Jordan Nicole and their Maltipoo Cooper.

Steve Galloway, MA, CMAP

Steve is an organization development consultant, leadership coach, and believer in positivity with 20 years experience across both the private and public sector helping leaders address transformational and emerging organizational change challenges.

Steve’s approach emphasizes the blending of positive and transformational leadership elements promoting collaboration, engagement, innovation, inclusion, mission alignment, enhanced working relationships and self-development.

Some of the organizations he has worked with include; the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Central Intelligence Agency, NASA, the Maryland State Board of Elections, George Washington University, Home Box Office (HBO), Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and Fannie Mae.

Prior to his career as a coach/consultant, Steve served in various leadership capacities in the banking/finance industry and the federal government. Currently Steve co-facilitates the 2-day Lens course for the Institute for Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University. He also co-leads the Georgetown Executive Leadership Coaching Program’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group and is a board member of the Association of Coach Training Organizations (ACTO.)

Steve holds a Masters degree from Southern Illinois University, and certifications in Organizational Development, Executive Leadership Coaching, Change Management Advanced Practitioner, and Conflict Management and Mediation certifications from Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, and American Universities. Mr. Galloway is currently pursuing his PhD. in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.

Linda Bidlack, MA, PCC

Linda coaches leaders who realize that a shift is required – their inner operating system needs an upgrade in order to notice and address what most needs their attention, while everyone else is running around with their hair on fire.

As President of Resilient Leadership Coaching & Consulting, she has consulted for 30 years across multiple sectors, with clients including the White House and Intelligence Community, the National Peace Corps Association, Paypal, Honest Tea, and Sodexo.

With an M.A. in Counseling from the University of Maryland in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership, she is on the faculty of Georgetown’s Leadership Coaching Program and coaches leaders in executive programs at AU, GWU, and the Mandela Fellows Program.

She lived in Haiti as a child, which ignited her passion for cross-cultural friendship, fueling her co-creation of the New Normal year-long small groups on race in 2016, and now co-teaches the 2-day Lens course for Institute for Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University.

She also moderates Saturday workshops for Better Angels, a citizen-driven movement bringing conservatives and liberals together to depolarize America, which results in these folks often going out for beers together afterwards and taking on local issues as a team.

Based in Silver Spring, MD, she has backpacked through China and Nepal, loves hip hop and science fiction, and sings in a gospel choir.

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