Let’s Talk About Race

Let’s Talk About Race: Together we can make a difference

 At the United Nations

The program: A 45-60 minute presentation, incorporating video and still images; followed by audience participation, Q&A. Participants will explore present-day impacts from historic racism and oppression in the United States, how we got “from then to now”; how to confront intolerance, build resilience, support diversity, and break down walls that separate people and communities. Follow-up email sent to participants with resources for long-term actions.

1) Where we are today: Explore present-day impacts from historic racism and intolerance in United States

Learning Outcomes:

  • Cite multiple examples of how much more deeply racism, sexism, and other forms of injustice have impacted America throughout history than is typically taught, understood, or acknowledged
  • Examine present-day consequences of those impacts, such as intolerance, inequity, and oppression based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, etc.
  • Begin to analyze, and list several examples of, long-term impacts in systems such as Education, Health Care, Employment, Housing, and Criminal Justice

2) How we got here: Explore how past events impact present-day circumstances

Learning Outcomes:

  • Cite key aspects of the recent science of Epigenetics (develop awareness of how damage from past traumatic events are passed down through generations)
  • List multiple common responses to traumatic events: The Cycles of Violence
    • Victim Cycle (acting in toward one’s self)
    • Aggressor Cycle (acting out toward others)
  • Cite 3-5 actions one can take to “break out” of the Cycles of Violence

3) Where we go from here: Explore ways to confront intolerance, build resilience, and break down walls that separate people and communities

Learning Outcomes:

  • Acquire multiple resources to confront intolerance and inequity
  • Cite three key elements in effective sharing of public stories, and why they can lead to stronger self-resilience and relationships in creating a just society
  • List multiple actions participants can take to address their own attitudes and actions and have an impact on present-day intolerance, injustice and inequity
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