RaceTalk in Action
We offer several workshops aimed at building capacity for engaging in cross-racial dialogues and cultivating inclusive and antiracist climates for racially minoritized groups.
RaceTalk Skills for
Interested in acquiring the skills, tools and strategies that will boost your confidence and ability to engage effectively in cross-racial dialogues? Then this workshop is for you. The workshop draws on the sociological literature to help participants understand how structural racism shapes and informs “racetalk” across social groups. By the end of the workshop participants are expected to acquire a framework for identifying common obstacles to cross-racial dialogues about race and racism, as well as specific tools and strategies for addressing them. Tools and strategies reflect empirically-based best practices and years of practical experience. This workshop will benefit any individual who wishes to improve their racetalk skills in order to more effectively communicate, interact and build trust across racial lines. This is a foundation for most of the other services we offer.
Teaching RaceTalk as a Skill
This workshop builds on lessons learned in the RaceTalk Skills for Cross-Racial Communications Workshop. It is designed for professors who seek to develop the racetalk skills of their students. In order to proactively address students’ resistance to conversations about race/ism in the classroom, professors are encouraged to do a one-hour session at the beginning of the semester that establishes the classroom as a “brave” space by reframing conversations about race/ism in ways that encourage students to engage in cross-racial dialogues despite feelings of discomfort. During this workshop, faculty will build, in real-time, their own "racetalk as a skill" lesson plan, personalized to reflect their own authentic voice, positionality, and institutional contexts.
Strategies for Minimizing Race and Gender Bias in Student Evaluations
What are common rhetorical patterns in student evaluations of women faculty and faculty from racial and ethnic minoritized groups? What are best practices in the classroom that allow for proactively addressing these racialized and gendered discourses? The goal of this workshop is to help women and racially minoritized faculty identify the common manifestations of race and gender bias in the classroom and to provide pedagogical strategies and tools to proactively address these problematic dynamics.
Supporting First Generation College Students
The goal of this workshop is to provide faculty, staff and administrators with a deeper understanding of the class-based challenges that first-generation students experience on university campuses, the behavioral manifestations of these challenges and strategies for addressing them.