Leading while White is and always has been the norm of order in the United States. What does it mean to be White and conceive, construct and perpetuate the dogma of white social, cultural, economic and spiritual supremacy? This essential question convenes this space of affinity for White racial equity leaders and organizers. Beginning with the consideration of individual Personal Racial Equity Purpose (PREP), this intensive 2-day institute will engage participants in continued racial consciousness development and collective problem solving at the personal, professional and organizational levels. Examining the essential question, we will utilize the Courageous Conversation Protocol to navigate the vision and work of systemic transformation for racial equity. We will seek to unpack such issues as, surfacing and confronting personal fears; identifying and interrupting Whiteness when it prevents working in authentic partnership with White people and people of color; balancing support and accountability for effectively calling in (or out) other White people; and examining humility to fortify courage. We will emerge from this seminar feeling a deeper level of confidence and courage to own our work of acting to end racism. (Prerequisite: Completion of Beyond Diversity II)
Courageous Conversation Community,
I hope that you, your families, friends and neighbors are all well and safe as we discover what it really means to be a global community. No one questions that COVID-19 has critically interrupted our systems—social, economic, crisis management and others. As we continue to understand and endure, we are reminded of the color, culture and consciousness of the systems and institutions upon which our treatment and recovery depend.
The way in which we greet, engage and associate with one another has been altered dramatically. Our collective effort to stay in and keep each other safe, however, do not include silence on matters critical to the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of our humanity. While the pandemic is colorblind and knows no borders, the responses are neither.
We sincerely hope that you will join the Courageous Conversation which will follow.
Founder and President