Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable: Engaging in Dialogue About Race and Bias

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December 6, 2022 | 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Eastern

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Gain confidence in entering conversations about race and inequity.

Overview

Feelings of defensiveness and discomfort are common when engaging in conversations around race and bias. Even those who have done extensive reading on these emotionally-charged topics can find themselves fumbling if they haven’t yet reflected on how their own identities and biases impact the way they show up in the world—and in these difficult conversations.

To get more comfortable engaging in these dialogues, we must first lean into the discomfort of individual reflection and actions that prepare us to enter them in an open and effective way. Join us for a two-hour virtual training followed by a one-hour Q&A where we will explore four key concepts and how they come into play during conversations around race and bias:

  • Sources of Bias
  • Intersectionality
  • Triggers of Bias
  • Unpacking Bias

You will be given a workbook of activities, tools, and resources to help you move beyond simply understanding the definitions of these key concepts. Throughout the workshop, you will begin the hard work of making meaning of how race and bias play out in your life and any conversation you enter.

 

 

Agenda

Sources of Racial Bias
  • Where does racial bias come from? How does it play out on your campus, in your career, and in your personal life?

Intersectionality
  • How might intersectionality impact conversations around race and bias? What nuances should be considered when entering these conversations with students or colleagues?
  • In what ways do your social identities impact your personal and professional life? How do they show up during difficult conversations?

Triggers of Racial Bias
  • How can we engage in conversations in a non-triggering way?
  • What steps can we take to remove our defensive posture and come to the table ready to effectively listen and learn with, and from, one another?
  • When should you step up and when should you step back during these dialogues?

Action Planning to Unpack Racial Bias
  • The process of unpacking your own bias is a constant journey and doesn’t happen in a two-hour workshop. Building upon the best practices and key considerations we have discussed so far, you will work to identify your own areas of strength and discomfort in this space. Through a series of discussion prompts and individual reflection activities, you will develop an individual action plan to help move you forward on your journey towards becoming more effective during conversations about race and bias.

Q&A with Dr. Sandra Miles
  • In this part of the training, participants will have an opportunity to ask the speaker questions and reflect on specific situations.

 

 

 

Who Should Attend

Whether you are a faculty member, frontline staff, or a campus leader, this virtual training will help you move beyond a baseline readiness to effectively engage in conversations around race and bias. You will be equipped with tools and best practices to help you feel more comfortable participating in these dialogues in the future.

 

Related Programs/Products

Dr. Sandra Miles has also facilitated Engaging in Racial Inequity Dialogue: An Educational Series which is a 6-part series that has received high praise from attendees. We recommend you engage with this training series as the next step of your learning journey. All components of this series are included free with your Academic Impressions Membership.

The Academic Impressions Online Learning Experience

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Our virtual trainings go far beyond just replicating PowerPoint presentations online: these experiences are intentionally designed to give you the kind of robust and dynamic learning experience you’ve come to expect from Academic Impressions. These trainings provide you with an active learning environment and an online space where you can explore ideas, get inspired by what your peers are doing, and understand the range of possibilities around a certain topic. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

What you will get:

  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
  • Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
  • Practical takeaways and hands-on knowledge
  • Guidance from vetted subject matter experts
  • Unlimited access to all recorded online sessions

SPEAKERS

Professional portrait of Sandra Miles

Sandra Miles, PhD

Sandra Miles, Head of Practice for Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Academic Impressions

Sandra has spent most of the last two decades serving as a leader and administrator in higher education. Specifically, she has had extensive experience in managing crisis, strategic planning, developing leadership programs, working with persons with disabilities, mediating disputes, and serving as a Dean of Students, Chief Student Affairs Officer, Chief Diversity Officer, and Deputy Title IX Coordinator. In 2022, Sandra joined Academic Impressions full-time as the Head of Practice for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, due to her experience with the organization as a subject-matter expert who facilitated trainings and workshops in higher-ed, as well as to her passion for making DEI concepts resonate for individuals from all walks of life.

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