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Activating Your Empathy to Challenge Racism

In this course, we discuss how to use our strengths of empathy, kindness and love to broaden our understanding of, and appreciation for, the challenges and joys that People of Color experience. Additionally, we discuss strategies, behaviors and attitudes we can use to disrupt racism in everyday life.

For this course, you receive a weekly plan that identifies the various content that you choose to learn from each week - easily accessible articles, videos, movies, TV shows, IG posts, podcasts, children’s books and specific new actions. During each two-hour class, the first hour is spent in a Talking Circle, giving participants the space to process what they learned from the weekly content. The second hour is spent in open discussion, with participants answering the question “So what? Now what are we going to do with our deepened understanding of race? How do we check ourselves and consciously change our everyday behaviors?”

See more details & schedule below

In my extensive experience in facilitating Talking Circles, I have witnessed many “a-ha” moments, personal connections, relief, understanding, compassion and courage.  I encourage you now to be bold and engage with other educators in discussing this important issue that shapes and defines our students, staff, schools and society.
~ Dr. Jennifer Moore

This course is ideal for educators who:

  • Have racist beliefs
  • Deny that they have racist beliefs and don’t really need a course like this
  • Want to challenge the systemic oppression in schools
  • Feel horrible about what’s been happening to People of Color
  • Don’t see what all the fuss is about
  • Want to change the world
  • Have to take some professional development related to race
  • Think this will be a terrible waste of time
  • Want to improve their behaviors towards People of Color
  • Teach in a mostly White school
  • Are angry about the venom directed towards the police and President Trump
  • Want to change their thinking and behaviors
  • Think they are liberal
  • Think they are conservative
  • Are angry
  • Just want to get by in this new world
  • Don’t know what to say to Black people
  • Just want to attend more Zoom meetings
  • Believe that real change is finally happening

Materials

You will need a copy of "A Race is a Nice Thing to Have or A Guide to Being a White Person or Understanding the White Persons in Your Life".

This book is available for purchase or rental directly through the publisher. Rent the digital version for 180 days or, if you purchase the paperback, you will receive the digital rental for free.  Links to publisher and partner, VitalSource, are below.

Click to order a print copy of the book and/or a digital rental through publisher

Click to purchase an eBook through VitalSource

Other materials you need for the course are provided to you as the course progresses.


Assignments

There is significant reading, a little writing, then you can choose from: watching movies, video clips and television shows; listening to podcasts; reading children’s books to your kids; and if possible, some practices you’ll get to try out in real life! This is not your ordinary professional development course. This is mind-expanding, funny, hard, disturbing, sad, and challenging. Our journey together is supported by the kindness and understanding of the other class members.


Logistics

Please look over all of the dates below and register for a Section that best meets your scheduling needs. You meet with people in that section for all 4 sessions. There is a limit of 10 participants per section, so please sign up soon to reserve your spot!

Cost

Participants can choose what amount to pay for this course, from $50-$400. During the last session, the group will select an anti-racist charity to which I will donate 30% of ticket sale proceeds.

Participants will receive a donation receipt. When you take this course, you are investing in yourself and anti-racist work in our society. Thank you in advance for paying what you can.

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If you would like to pay for a group of educators, we will work within your budget. Please contact me directly.


July 2020

Mondays: 12:00 - 2:00 PM CDT — July 6, 13, 20, 27
Tuesdays: 7:00 - 9:00 PM CDT — July 7, 14, 21, 28
Fridays: 8:00 - 10:00 AM CDT – July 10, 17, 24, 31

August 2020

Mondays: 9:00 - 11:00 AM CDT — August 3, 10, 17, 24
Tuesdays: 2:00 - 4:00 PM CDT — August 4, 11, 18, 25
Wednesdays: 6:00 - 8:00 PM CDT — August 5, 12, 19, 26
“I really, really enjoyed the talking circle time. It really helped to get to know each other more, but also there was such a great opportunity to share on such a deep level. It was good to be open and vulnerable with people I might not have been or have a chance to be with.”

- Sheena, In-kind Specialist
GKB Community Head Start and Early Head Start

"I thoroughly enjoyed the talking circles.  I wish more people would have participated.  I got so much from them."

- Jami, Family & Education Services Manager
GKB Community Head Start and Early Head Start