Pre-Institute Workshop #1 Let’s Get Real About Racism: Facilitating Conversations between Whites and People of Color
Thursday, December 5th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM
Presented by Lee Mun Wah, Director of the Color of Fear
Though we may all desire an open conversation on diversity issues, often there is a permeating fear that it will become too emotional or disruptive, so we create ways in which to diminish the intensity and the directness. What we lose is the passion and the honesty, the trust and intimacy that only the truth and an open dialogue can offer.
In this revolutionary workshop, Let’s Get Real about Racism, we offer the kind of conversations seldom approached in most diversity experiences. We examine some of the fears and stereotypes that prevent us from having a truly open and authentic conversation with each other. We also explore what people of color can’t say and whites are afraid to ask and the reasons why. And, in the process, we practice how to effectively and compassionately hear the answers to these questions and ways to expand the conversation through curiosity, reflection and action.
This workshop provides a forum for participants to discover conscious and unconscious ways in which racism has affected their lives. It is experientially based and designed to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of our differences. It is about confronting some of the issues that keep us all from talking to one another about race/racism, discovering new ways to begin that conversation, creating a bridge to talk about our differences, and learning 101 ways to become culturally competent in our relationships and workplaces.