In order to advance social justice, we believe that it is critical to be able to engage in frank and open discussions about race and ethnicity across racial and ethnic lines. It is through relationship building, partnered reflection and meaning making, and engagement with our work/school/social communities that we can truly advance an ethos of anti-racism in our organizations and in the broader culture. To that end, the workshop will demonstrate, and then facilitate a series of conversations about race and ethnicity among workshop participants.
Participants will discuss a series of questions about their own life experiences. Questions may include:
• What is your earliest memory of realizing you were somehow different from others at school? What did that feel like?
• What identities do you hold? What are your earliest memories of realizing/understanding these identities?
•How do your racial/ethnic identities impact your daily experiences at school/work/home?
After the pairs have had a chance to discuss the provided questions, we will invite them to share their discussions more broadly with a larger subset of the group.
This workshop is for students, practitioners, and educators. Students will learn about race and ethnicity, diversity and inclusion, organizational interventions, and hopefully deepen their connection to others. Educators can consider adapting the exercise for their own classes. And practitioners can learn from and adapt this workshop for their own work inside of organizations that are interested in increasing their levels of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Jackie Yodashkin (MS '20)