Courageous Conversations about Race

UnknownThe WVC Student Success Team, the WVC Office of Student Equity and Success, and the WVC Global Citizenship Committee are sponsoring a series of meetings to foster campus wide reading and conversations based on Glenn E. Singleton and Curtis Linton’s book, Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools. Student Equity funding will cover the cost of providing free copies of the book to the first 50 employees who want to participate.

Discussion meetings will begin in March and will be held at two different times, Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings. Specific discussion group dates and locations will be announced in mid-February.

The specific protocol for having Courageous Conversations about race include using the agreements, conditions and compass.

Four Agreements

  • Stay engaged
  • Speak your truth
  • Experience discomfort
  • Expect and accept non-closure

Six Conditions

  • Focus on personal, local and immediate
  • Isolate race
  • Normalize social construction & multiple perspectives
  • Monitor agreements, conditions and establish parameters
  • Use a “working definition” for race
  • Examine the presence and role of “Whiteness”

Compass

compassThe compass helps us understand how each of us process and engage with information about race. It is a way to understand one another’s opinions and beliefs. In this compass, there are 4 ways that people deal with race:

  • Emotional
  • Intellectual
  • Moral
  • Social

Check this video of Glenn Singleton, President of Pacific Educational Group in San Francisco, conducting a Courageous Conversation.

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