Engaging in Anti-Racist Conversations in Advancement

Last updated June 7, 2022

Course Length

1h 44m

Last Updated

June 7, 2022

Engaging in Anti-Racist Conversations in Advancement

Last updated June 7, 2022

Become more confident discussing issues of race and racism as an advancement professional.


In the wake of multiple ongoing pandemics that occurred simultaneously with several high-profile events exacerbating racial tensions in the U.S., many institutions have attempted to commit to better addressing racial injustices. To be successful in this work, professionals across all areas of an institution must be capable of having difficult conversations about race and racism. Advancement professionals in particular play an important role in demonstrating an institution’s commitment to addressing racial inequities, through relationships maintained in their wide networks of alumni, external constituents, and donors.

Through this virtual training, you will gain a better understanding of why it is imperative to have discussions around race with external constituents for better philanthropic outcomes, examine your own comfort level with talking about race and racism, and practice skills that will translate into an action plan for engaging those stakeholders around these topics.

Who should attend?

This training is for advancement and alumni relations professionals committed to better understanding the role racial equity can play in philanthropy, as well as for those who want to build their toolkit to facilitate more effective conversations about race and racism with donors, alumni, and other external constituents. Whether you are a new or experienced advancement professional, if you are looking to better contribute to your institution or department’s racial equity efforts, this program is for you.


July 25, 2022

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern

This three-hour virtual session will feature discussions around the following topics:

Understand the Importance of Race-Based Conversations

There is a significant amount of data relating to racial equity efforts and philanthropy that illustrates the importance of race-based conversations in advancement work today. You will consider this data, as well as some of the main ways in which racial inequity continues to be enacted through philanthropic norms today.


Examine Your Comfort Level and Identify Conversation Tools

Talking about race with donors and other external constituents requires you to be honest about your own comfort and skill levels related to engaging in conversations about race. You will be encouraged to reflect on your personal reasons for engaging in racial equity and anti-racism work as an advancement professional, discuss ways in which race plays a role in advancement work, and identify conversation tools that will better equip you to have conversations about race going forward.


Practice Using Tools and Create an Action Plan for the Future

After engaging in personal reflection and identifying conversation tools, you will have the opportunity to practice using these tools in small groups. You will learn how colleagues within the profession have addressed these conversations in the past and can then begin to create an action plan for how you yourself would like to better engage with donors, alumni, and external stakeholders in conversations about race and racism.