RaceTalk Skills for Cross-Racial Communication Workshop
Note: This workshop is open to all.
Cross-racial conversations about race and racism are often difficult. Many of us lack the tools, skills, and strategies needed to continue these conversations when conflict inevitably arises.
If you’re White and you’re reading this, you likely want to show up as an ally in racial justice work, but you’re struggling to build authentic relationships across racial lines.
And sometimes when race comes up, you don’t know what the right thing is to say or you’re so scared that you’ll offend a person of color that you just don’t say anything at all.
If you’re a person of color, you may not know how to talk about your own racialized experience in a way that allows you to advocate for yourself in predominantly White spaces.
You want to hold the White folks in your organization or at your institution accountable, but conversations about race with your White colleagues always seem to break down (if they happen at all).
You don’t have to stay stuck, though. Imagine if you had the tools, skills, and strategies to have cross-racial conversations that build trust and community.
You feel prepared for racetalk conversations because you know the language needed for effective communication and, more importantly, you understand what’s needed to build authentic relationships across racial lines.
You have more confidence and are building your capacity to engage in racetalk because you understand why communicating across racial lines is challenging – and you know how to navigate those challenges.
Not only are you honing your racetalk skills, but you’re developing your racial literacy, which is foundational to doing antiracist work. You’re learning how to challenge the norm of avoiding conversations about race in your organization and workplace.
In this workshop, you’ll learn what’s getting in the way of having authentic and effective cross-racial conversations about race, the shared understanding needed to have these conversations, and tangible tools and strategies for communicating effectively across racial lines.
Is this workshop for you?
White folks, this workshop is for you if:
You want to improve your ability to engage in conversations about race and racism across racial lines.
You work in professions or locations where you have a high-level of interaction and engagement with people from racially minoritized communities.
You mentor or supervise folks from racially minoritized communities.
If you're a person of color, this workshop will help you:
Have an empirical understanding of the particular White cultural norms that often make it difficult for White people to engage in authentic conversations about race and racism that can inform your own strategies and provide language for engaging with White colleagues and friends.
Learn vocabulary, tools, and strategies that will help you have these conversations and hold White people in your organizations accountable to their commitments.
See where you may have internalized some White cultural norms and learn to disrupt those norms, particularly if you are in a position of power.
By the end of this workshop, you’ll…
Learn foundational antiracist vocabulary and assumptions that inform effective cross-racial communication;
Understand key challenges to communicating effectively about race and racism across racial lines; and
Learn tangible, empirically-based tools and strategies for engaging in effective cross-racial dialogues about race and racism and have the opportunities to practice using them.
I’ve been teaching folks RaceTalk skills with great success for the last seven years.
I’m excited to teach you these skills!
I created this workshop because as a Black woman teaching about race and racism at a predominantly White institution, I consistently encountered resistance from students when it came to having conversations about race and racism. The current workshop is an adaptation of the workshop that I created for my students. I’ve done this workshop with folks from a variety of disciplines within Higher Ed and various organizations and social institutions.
Conducted via Zoom
Please note: you must be able to attend the entire time.
Have any questions? Email me and my team.
Testimonials from workshop participants
Dr. Richards hit the nail on the head when she said that race-talk is a skill that needs to be practiced. This workshop provided an excellent opportunity to dive into all of our discomforts and practice talking about race and how it impacts what we do. She provided us with much needed insight.
Dr. Elizabeth Robinson, University of Utah
[The] “Race-Talk as a Skill” workshop enhanced my abilities to engage in cross-racial dialogue. The workshop demands that ignorance and/or privilege is not a reason to stay silent. It invites everyone, but especially white students who have avoided conversations about race, to join the dialogue. It provided an excellent opportunity to learn, listen, and have meaningful conversations.
Black woman college student, University of Richmond
I attended your workshop this morning and just wanted to say it was the best one that I've seen in helping to both identify problems and consider solutions. There was a perfect mix of down-home narrative to illustrate problematic events or situations with an intellectual approach to categorizing them under useful umbrella concepts that can form a foundation for addressing solutions.
Dr. George Kling, Professor, University of Michigan
The "Race-Talk as a Skill" workshop. . . revealed to me the implications and dangers of silence--especially white silence… What I did not understand at the beginning was that it is more beneficial to say something out of ignorance and learn from it, rather than say nothing at all and be complicit in ignorance. Once the workshop ended, the impact it had on me certainly did not. I keep pushing myself to speak up in my other courses during discussions involving race.
White woman college student, University of Richmond