Increasing the Capacity of Whites to Partner to Create Meaningful Change
NAVIGATING CONFLICTS ACROSS RACE AND ABOUT RACE
INCREASING THE CAPACITY OF WHITES TO PARTNER TO CREATE MEANINGFUL CHANGE
Too often well-intentioned white people (friends and family, teachers/faculty, administrators, parents, activists, and community leaders) engage in conversations about and across racial identities in ways that perpetuate and model racist dynamics among their colleagues and those they serve. Whether through conscious and/or unconscious actions, many whites react in conflict situations with people of color in ways that undermine effective understanding, teamwork, and productivity. In this highly interactive, reflective session participants will: • identify the types of behaviors and attitudes of whites during interactions and conflicts that maintain the racial/racist status quo in their organizations and communities • explore more effective strategies to engage during conflicts about race and/or with people of color • identify tools to navigate conflicts with a Race Lens Participants will receive access to a packet of practical handouts and tools they can use in their ongoing interactions, as well as Kathy Obear’s book, But I'm Not Racist: Tools for Well-Meaning Whites.
Kathy Obear President, Center for Transformation and Change
Beth Yohe Executive Director, The Conflict Center