Wed, May 05 | A Zoom link will be sent to participants

Racial Healing Dialogue Series

Four Critical Steps to Racial Healing Race is a socially constructed system of categorizing humans largely based on observable physical features, such as skin color, and or ancestry. There is no scientific basis for or discernible distinction between racial categories. Although Race is a socially co
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Racial Healing Dialogue Series

Time & Location

May 05, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
A Zoom link will be sent to participants

About the Event

Racial Healing Dialogue Series

Racial Healing Dialogue Series four sessions take them all or pick and choose your learning path

May  5th 6:00 pm -8:00 pm- Racial Healing Dialogue Series: Five Critical Steps to Start Your Journey

May 19th 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm - Racial Healing Dialogue Series: Race & Resilience on the Journey

June 2nd 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm - Racial Healing Dialogue Series: Exploring Racial Identity Yours and Others

June 16th 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm- Racial Healing Dialogue Series: How to Really Be A Racial Ally

Phase I: Understanding the Concept of Racial Healing

Moving the focus from individual bigotry and bias, the TDI Racial Healing Series presents a historical, cultural, structural and institutional analysis. TDI believes that individuals and organizations often work for equity with multiple understandings of racism that rely more on personal feelings and popular opinion. The lack of a common analysis creates complications to the goal of eliminating racial and ethnic disparities and producing equitable outcomes. With a clear understanding of how institutions and systems are producing unjust and inequitable outcomes, participants in Phase I are able to begin a journey to work toward social transformation and racial justice.

Session 1. May 5th 2021 6:00pm- 8:00pm - Racial Healing Dialogue Series: Five Critical Steps to Start Your Journey

I.  “Why is it important to end racism?”

Description: In the US, people of color, and especially black Americans, have significantly worse outcomes than white Americans on every indicator of well-being and justice. We cannot address these inequities until we become clear on how race and racism have been constructed in our country and that continue to live in our social structures and institutions.

II. Socialization, implicit bias and decision-making

Description: We think in the ways we have been socialized or conditioned to think. What keeps us in our boxes? Implicit or unconscious bias reflects both human nature (“fight or flight”) and our socialization and lives deep within our brains. Our “fast” automatic brain, working from unconscious associations and beliefs (System 1) governs 95-97% of our behaviors and decisions. Our “System 2” thinking which is more deliberate and thoughtful, especially as relates to what we hold as our deepest values, is much slower and therefore activated more rarely.

Session 2. May 12st 9:00 am – 12:00 - Racial Healing Dialogue Series: Race & Resilience on the Journey

III. The intersections of race and wealth, and race and poverty

Description: We use a fish in the lake analogy to illustrate our tendency to ascribe poverty and other social problems to individual behaviors and decisions (a sick fish), even when we know that history, systems, structures and policies constitute the root causes of poverty (a polluted lake). This type of thinking is reflected in our institutional programs that try to address problems by trying to help or change individuals, not systems.

IV. Internalized racial oppression

Description: Internalized racial inferiority among people of color is manifested in multiple ways that include, but are not limited to, internalized negative messages about self and other people of color, distancing, exaggerated visibility, and protection of white people. Internalized racial superiority among white people is manifested in multiple ways that include, but are not limited to, seeing white standards and norms as universal; assuming that all of one’s comfort, wealth, success and privilege has been earned by merits and hard work; individualism and competition; distancing; perfectionism; and binary (either/or) thinking.

Phase II

Description: Racial Healing Phase II is designed to help individuals and institutions practice reframing problems and determining solutions with an equity lens. Using group exercises, we move participants through a new way of thinking based on an “analysis before action” model and a learning continuum.  Participants are encouraged to use the time honored “trial and error” approach, taking greater risks to change what are too often entrenched patterns of institutional practice. In this interactive presentation, TDI trainers use both data and stories from a variety of sources to provide a new framework for thinking about the root causes of inequity. people who adopt a movement approach must begin by changing themselves, bringing others along with them. With clarity of belief, analysis and purpose, we, the community, can create a new vision, a new culture that finds ways to build an equitable and just future together, as one people.

Session 3. June 9th 9:00 am – 12:00 - Racial Healing Dialogue Series: Exploring Racial Identity Yours and Others

V. The power relationship between systems, institutions and communities

Description: We use a fish in the lake analogy to illustrate our tendency to ascribe poverty and other social problems to individual behaviors and decisions (a sick fish), even when we know that history, systems, structures and policies constitute the root causes of poverty (a polluted lake). This type of thinking is reflected in our institutional programs that try to address problems by trying to help or change individuals, not systems.

VI. Racial Identity Development “Yours, Mine and Ours”

Description: Discussions about racist conditioning and internalized racial oppression can be effective and healing when undertaken in affinity groups or caucuses that are organized by race. People of color and white people have their own work to do in understanding and addressing racism. When we form such groups, we understand how important it is for them to meet jointly to develop relationships that deepen awareness and support mutual anti-racism efforts.

Session 4. July 14th 9:00 am – 12:00- Racial Healing Dialogue Series: How to Really Be A Racial Ally

VII. The on-going construction of race in America: fallacies and realities

Description: In terms of biology, race is not real. Those of us in the human race are 99.9% alike. There is more genetic variation within “race” than across race. But the idea of race, as it has been constructed, is socially and politically very real and shapes the institutional outcomes of all who live in this country.

VIII. The anti-racism legacy: The moving sidewalk from overt racism to anti-racism

Description: “An organized lie is more powerful than a disorganized truth.” Racism is so well organized and normative in the US that if we fail to recognize and push against it, we are allowing ourselves to be moved along on the continuum of structural racism, without any effort on our parts. Throughout history, many people of color and white people have “moved” against racism, often at great sacrifice. White anti-racists must raise awareness about structural and institutional racism among other white people lest they continue to be complicit and supportive (often unwittingly) of institutionalized and structural racism.

Racial Healing is not as cute and easy to discuss as Diversity

You’re getting a lot of things right, but you know you could be doing more to make it all easier and more effective. What you really want is to...

Understand Racial Healing so YOU can take action in a more effective way

Have conversations about Race and Equity in a brave space

Get clear action plans that are effective at making change

Understand these concepts to be a better ally to black and brown people

Figure out how to have tough conversation when we disagree

You can have all of these things without constantly adding more to your plate.

The best part: It can be simple.

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THE RACIAL HEALING DIALOGUE SERIES IS ABOUT JUST THAT. SIMPLIFYING.

This full day event will teach you strategies you can use to both improve your understanding, no matter which stage you’re at.

Maybe you’re...

● Frustrated with not understanding Racial Healing Concepts and you know it's time to change.

● Feeling like you're behind, and never making any real progress in your business.

● Working too hard to get others to understand th, rather than bringing them in on autopilot.

Whatever it is for you, it’s time to simplify.

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MEET YOUR HOST

Hey! I’m Malissa Adams, an Equity Consultant for public, private non-profit, and educational institutions with a passion for making places and spaces Diverse, equitable and inclusive and removing barriers to equitable access. After all, as an African American, Gay woman I selfishly want to feel like I belong wherever I go. With two businesses, (Stanton Adams Consulting LLC & The Diversity Institute), a podcast (The Diversity Experts), and a four fur babies at home, so simplifying is the ONLY way I can manage it all!

So, we created this series to help you to look at the things in society that aren’t working well so you can become more aware.

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THE DETAILS

WHEN

The Racial Healing Series will run from

[April 21, May 12, June 9, July 14, with a 45-minute presentation and 45 minutes of discussion each month.

WHERE

You can tune into the session from the comfort of your couch and yoga pants.

This is an online Course. Here is the Link

PRESENTATIONS

Presentations will be 30-45 minutes in length. The presentations will be available for 24-hours to encourage you to stop waiting for the right time and take action along with hundreds of others.

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