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Fostering intentional dialogue for change oriented communities.
anti-racists curriculum

Become a facilitator or hire our team to lead yours!


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The Conversation Workshops is for

corporate offices, community organizations, religious spaces, private homes, rotary clubs, schools, squads, cliques, fraternities, sororities, and any pre-existing communities that are looking to grow and develop their members. 

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Each workshop participant will receive a packet that provides discussion guidance throughout the workshop, allows space for writing, and leaves you with strategy for talking about racism with those you love. | www.conversationworkshopsok.com Photo by Monica Burgess | www.monciaburgess.com

The Conversation Workshop may qualify as professional development in a variety of workplaces. Connect with us to determine how your group's needs can be met through the workshop. 

Would you like to Give the Workshop to a deserving Pre-existing Community? Do you hope to see this initiative continue? 

We gladly accept donations to cover the costs of training and facilitating your group. All donations are tax deductible.

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The Conversation Workshops are safe place to talk about racism in America | https://www.conversationworkshopsok.com. Photos from Monica Burgess |

What's the point?

Mission Statement

The Conversation Workshops are a safe space in the community, providing insights and resources to improve empathy for engaging difficult friend to friend conversations about race and its effects on our social, economic, and political contexts. We aim to foster conversation focused on listening, understanding, and education, so that as a society we might work from the grassroots level up with the ultimate goal of ending racial inequity by starting locally.

Tense conversations about implicit bias and white privilege should take place primarily within pre-existing communities | https://www.conversationworkshopsok.com. Photography by Monica Burgess | http://www.monicaburgess.com.

who is this for?

Audience Statement

The Conversation Workshops are for those who want to hone their skills in practicing listening, patience, accountability, and confident leadership while communicating truth and fostering an attitude of justice. The methods presented and practiced in The CW are intended for use within pre-existing relationships built on trust and respect in hopes that this spirit of change will emanate throughout communities. The workshops are for a son reaching out to his parents; a woman dialoguing with her partner; the friend having honest discussion with another friend; the congregant exploring truth with a faith leader; among others.

 
The Conversation Workshops promote empathy for change | https://www.conversationworkshopsok.com. Photos by Monica Burgess | http://www.monicaburgess.com/

What can i expect?

Implicit Bias Statement

This training will require self-examination, which should cause latent biases and feelings of embarrassment or fear to surface. Your discomfort is a natural and healthy part of the process, and close attention to these experiences may lead to personal growth and may improve your ability to empathize with those with whom you engage.  

The Conversation will help you explore your places of identity, teaching you how to engage this topic from where you stand | https://www.conversationworkshopsok.com. Photography by Monica Burgess | http://www.monicaburgess.com.

Where does this work best?

Places of Identity Statement

We recognize there are pre-existing communities in our state, and we seek to reach those audiences in their physical and ideological spaces, in order to best equip workshop participants with conversational strategies that are relevant and familiar within their immediate communities. We acknowledge that the ideologies and spaces that participants occupy will influence the tone and strategies that emerge from each workshop. Though we do not represent or claim affiliation with any one community, we are committed to entering these existing spaces as a means of best executing our mission.

 
 
 
The Conversation Workshops teaches participants ways of navigating difficult conversations about racism in America. Participants leave feeling educated, equipped, and empowered to discuss racism with those they cherish. | www.conversationworkshopsok.com Photography by Monica Burgess | http://www.monicaburgess.com.

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Education is a form of engagement

Make it your practice to explore a variety of materials as you understand the complex history surrounding present day race relations in America. Reading and research better prepares you for being a conversation partner and an ally for change. We encourage you to find new and exciting information as you engage this topic. Here's a list to get you started!


Articles + Essays

Walking While Black by Garnette Cadogan

White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences Through Work in Women's Studies (Includes “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”) by Peggy McIntosh

The Marshall Project- a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system.

Dear White Moms by Keesha Beckford

Social Psychology & Spiritual Justice, a blog by Christena Cleveland

film + Video


"3 Ways to Speak English" by Jamilla Lyiscott  

"The Danger of a Single Story" by Chimamanda Adichie

"How to Raise a Black Son in America" by Clint Smith

"Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome" Dr. Joy DeGruy Leary

13th, Ava DuVernay (Netflix)

I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck & James Baldwin

Get Out, Jordan Peele (w/Discussion Piece from Non-Doc)

Podcasts


Code Switch  News from the frontiers of race, ethnicity and culture from NPR

The Liturgists (Episode 34: Black and White Racism in America)

Books


Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High, Kerry Patterson and Joseph Grenny

Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just, Timothy Keller

Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities Into Unity, Wholeness and Justice, Brenda Salter McNeil and Eugene Cho

Sonny’s Blues, James Baldwin

The Idea of Race, Edited by Robert Bernasoni and Tommy L. Lott

The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander

The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois

Welcoming Justice: God’s Movement Toward Beloved Community (Resources for Reconciliation), Charles Marsh and John M. Perkins

Why Are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?  And Other Conversations About Race, Beverly Daniel Tatum

Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America, Tanner Colby

The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead

The Sellout, Paul Beatty

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