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Courageous Conversation Academy
Courageous Conversation Academy

Want to take your understanding about the Courageous Conversation™ process to the next level, but not sure where to start?

Continue your racial equity transformation with the Courageous Conversation Academy, our virtual learning platform that offers a variety of trainings to help you broaden your understanding of the Courageous Conversation About Race Protocol™ and Framework for Systemic Racial Equity Transformation.

Continue Your Racial Equity Transformation
Continue Your Racial Equity Transformation

Continue your racial equity transformation with the Courageous Conversation Academy, our virtual learning platform that offers a variety of trainings to help you broaden your understanding of the Courageous Conversation About Race Protocol™ and Framework for Systemic Racial Equity Transformation.

Academy Overview

Learn how to transform organizational culture through a racial equity lens and join a global community of racial equity leaders and practitioners who are leading change in their organizations. After each session, you will be equipped with the knowledge, skill, will and capacity to address equity, diversity and inclusion issues, and broaden the path of entry for leadership in your industry. All sessions are held on Zoom and you can register online.

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Prerequesite Courses

“Introduction to Courageous Conversation™”

Instructors: Courageous Conversation™ Team

Introduction to Courageous Conversation™ is an experience that acquaints individuals with a set of tools, The Protocol™, to engage, sustain and deepen dialogues about race. Participants will be introduced to the three components of The Protocol™: The Compass, Four Agreements, and Six Conditions. This initial engagement with Courageous Conversation™ guides an exploration of the life impact, and promotes an essential literacy and consciousness to examine our personal, professional, and organizational ways of being. Designed to meet participants at whatever their level of experience. Introduction to Courageous Conversation™ will enhance any effort to promote racial equity.

“Courageous Conversation™ Exploration”

Instructors: Courageous Conversation™ Team

This full-day, 6.5-hour seminar is intended for participants who were unable to take the same or a similar seminar at their company/school/organization. This professional learning exercise will enable participants to gain a working understanding of racial equity, diversity and inclusion as well as explore the basic elements of The Protocol™. Participants will also consider how to engage the Courageous Conversation™ in their personal and professional lives.

New Courses

“Let’s Practice! Talking to our Children About Race”

Instructor: Natalia Ortiz

Have you ever wanted to workshop a scenario that your child has brought up with you about race or racism that you did not know how to address? If so, this is the space for you.

There is a heightened and accelerating consciousness of race in our life. Children are quite aware of race and in critical need of parents and guardians in their lives who can engage them effectively on what they believe, feel, think, and do. In this interactive seminar, we will use Protocol and a “lens” of racial equity to examine real race scenarios that have happened with our children. Parents and guardians will be asked to share their scenarios in an effort to develop short term and long term skills and strategies for engagement.

“Courageous Latinx Coalitions Building: Our Stories, Our Healing, Our Journey”

Part I & Part II

Instructors: Luis Versalles, David Gonzales and Natalia Ortiz

This is an Affinity Seminar for those who identify as Latinx. The intersection of language, nationality and ethnicity with race, significantly impacts the Latinx community. Join us for an opportunity to share and heal as we ground our discussion in the United States Latinx context and use Courageous Conversation™ (Protocol and Framework) for intentional engagement in affinity. This experience will invite participants to reflect on their own racial identity and to think critically about the ways race impacts the lived experiences of diverse Latinx communities.

Both Part I and Part II are required for this two-day seminar.

Sessions

“Black Women Leading for Racial Equity”

Instructor: Dawan Julien

When you think about great leaders, are men the first people who come to mind? Are women an afterthought? Living at the intersection of racial and gender oppression, Black women lead in ways that challenge and interrupt both whiteness and patriarchy. Participants will use Courageous Conversation™ to examine their own beliefs about and experiences with Black women leaders.

“From DEI to EDI: Interrupting Inter-System Whiteness in Racial Equity Leadership”

Instructor: Cal Jackson

Audre Lorde stated, “…the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.” Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is this season’s name of programs intended to break a cycle of homogenuity, inequity and discrimination. This module explores theories and practices which provide participants with a new approach which prioritizes “equity.” Many DEI leaders are frustrated attempting to give validity to their efforts while searching for resources to help them with true culture change. Corporations, government agencies, philanthropists, school equity officers and not-for-profits can benefit from this dialogue while discovering new approaches to create new outcomes in each sector.

“Plan and Process for Systemic Racial Equity Transformation”

Instructor: Luis Versalles

Systemic racial equity transformation is an unapologetically top-down process. Centering this work at the highest levels of the organization prepares it for accelerated results. It also better positions leadership to create the essential culture of authenticity and sustainability. Participants will be introduced to the process for developing a Systemic Racial Equity Transformation Plan. Leaders explore a model of organizational expectation; learn, anticipate, and ultimately interrupt the “faces of danger” in leading racial equity; and consider the degree to which they are poised for transformation.

“Raising Racially Conscious, Social Justice Activist Children”

Instructor: Dawan Julien

Experience the power of being explicit about race and social responsibility while raising children of all races. Participants will examine race in their own lives, as we build skill and capacity to usher in the next generation. This seminar is designed to surface and center powerful testimonials from young people raised with this consciousness and offer poignant examples that you can “try tomorrow.”

“White Racial Identity Development: A Courageous Conversation™ With Self”

Instructor: Courtney Caldwell

This is a White Racial Affinity Seminar. White racial identity development theory describes how white people develop a sense of themselves as racial beings. In this session, participants will use The Protocol™ to move from a theoretical understanding to a personal examination of their own White racial consciousness journey. Participants will reflect on their experiences of the stages of White racial identity development, so that they can apply these learnings to who they are as racial equity leaders in their families, organizations and communities.

Sequential Sessions

“CCAR Protocol: Grow and Practice”

Part I

Instructor: David Gonzales

Introduction to Courageous Conversation™ is the prerequisite for this Part I.

This seminar is the next step for the individual looking to continue to learn, grow, and practice the use of The Protocol™. Participants will go deeper in their understanding of the three components of The Protocol™: The Compass, Four Agreements, and Six Conditions. This three-part series of sessions unpacks the Protocol and provides participants many opportunities to engage and apply their learning with experiential activities and conversations centered on race. Part I of the series will cover the Compass and Four Agreements as tools for Courageous Conversations About Race.

“CCAR Protocol: Grow and Practice”

Part II

Instructor: David Gonzales

Introduction to Courageous Conversation™ and Part I are the prerequisites for this Part II.

This seminar is part II in a series for the individual looking to continue to learn, grow, and practice the use of The Protocol™. This session of the three-part series will cover the Three Tiers (Six Conditions) as a tool for Courageous Conversations About Race. These tiers guide us through the requisite content and processes of racial dialogue in a way to examine the points at which race intersects in our world.

“CCAR Protocol: Grow and Practice”

Part III

Instructor: David Gonzales

Introduction to Courageous Conversation™, Part I & Part II of series are prerequisites for this Part III.

This seminar is part III for the individual looking to continue to learn, grow, and practice the use of The Protocol™. This three-part series of sessions unpacks The Protocol™ and provides participants many opportunities to engage and apply their learning with experiential activities and conversations centered on race. Part III of the series will cover putting all of The Protocol™ together to engage, sustain, and deepen Courageous Conversations About Race. The CCAR Protocol is essential in turning our passion into practice.

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