Anchored in truths about U.S. history that are hidden in plain sight, as well as in the sharp racial realities of today, this 2-day intensive workshop is an experiential, personal exploration of race and its impact on our perspectives that aspires to change you.
No matter where you are on the spectrum of unconscious bias and race awareness, in America you are swimming in it 24/7. With a determination to go far beyond “talking about diversity”, this approach, tested over several years, unlocks a depth of connection and learning unprecedented in mixed race company.
Starting with the life-and-death risks still evident today and intended for all leaders and professionals this workshop will introduce you to simple yet radical practices that will open doors to cross-racial relationships of greater honesty. You will have ample time to use these tools, moving through the discomfort and staying in the conversation, letting others start to know and appreciate who you really are.
And the payoff? Those willing to be curious instead of careful in mixed race conversations will be at the forefront of unlocking the enormous buried potential in today's organizations.
We aim to dismantle racism through noticing personal choice points that arise daily to reach across race and choosing to act on these choice points in ways that promote mutual understanding, appreciation and respect.
Race Through Age And Stage- a personal journey of your story about race and how it shaped your childhood, youth and adult life
Race in America – a historical look at the role and impact of race and how it frames the America we live in
Race in Mixed Company– the majority of our time will be in interactive exercises to recognize choice points and initiate, facilitate and participate in being more authentic in your interactions across race. No matter your skin color, for two days you will experience what it is like to no longer be invisible, judged, separate, or under a microscope. This may be the first time that you will feel seen and heard by other races for who you really are.
Race in a Small Group - how to start and facilitate a New Normal year-long study group
A Note about the Many Other Dimensions of Identity - Of course, there are MANY dimensions of personal identity, and we do not mean to diminish other forms such as gender, ethnicity, class, sexuality, etc. It is because of the life and death nature of the black/white dynamic in the U.S. that we find it to be especially powerful as the place to start. In addition, while we make every effort to ensure balance, by registering for this course you understand last-minute schedule changes outside of our control may impact the goal of 50/50 White/People of Color representation. You also acknowledge that race may not be apparent at first glance.
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 black Americans and other People of Color;
• Demonstrate the courage to stay curious instead of careful, say what you’re really thinking, and ask what you’re really wondering;
• Understand what it means to be yourself in racially mixed groups, both professionally and personally, getting beyond the myth of colorblindness.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about your eligibility.
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.
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.
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