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Workplace Dialogues on Race

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The Workplace Conversations on Race: A Talk Worth Having offers guidance and support for those who are interested in teaming with a co-worker to jointly host a series of dialogues on race in the college or profit or not for profit business workplace. The role of the host team is to help those volunteering to attend to feel welcome and encouraged to participate. While keeping the discussion focused, the host also helps create an atmosphere in which ideas and sentiments are exchanged respectfully and everyone has the chance to share and learn from one another. The Workplace Conversations on Race and its supporting handbook were developed in response to the desire of faculty and staff of colleges who are members in the Campus Conversations on Race College Network (CCORCN) to engage in dialogues on race. The CCORCN model is for students who are trained to co-facilitate peer group discussion on race. The model, for several reasons, does not allow faculty/staff to be in those conversations. The Workplace Conversations was developed to respond to the requests by professionals to participate in dialogues on race.

The role of the host team is to help those volunteering to attend to feel welcome and encouraged to participate. While keeping the discussion focused, the host also helps create an atmosphere in which ideas and sentiments are exchanged respectfully and everyone has the chance to share and learn from one another.

The Workplace Conversations on Race: A Talk Worth Having handbook provides suggestions for who might be invited, samples of invitation letters, session agendas with case studies and viewpoints to stimulate discussion, detailed steps for conducting five to seven dialogue sessions, and sample questions that can be use to get the discussions started. The handbook also includes a Self Audit on Race that gives participants a private look and assessment of their own views on race. A list of ground rules for all participants and a reference page that contrasts dialogue with debate help set the stage for constructive conversation. Appendices provide a variety of background information: historical and scientific fact sheets, and a bibliography and resource list.

The National Center for Race Amity also provides teleconference and in-person orientation sessions for those interested in utilizing the Workplace Conversations On Race program.

For more information please contact workplacedialogues@wheelock.edu.

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