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Diversity and Inclusion Webinar presented by Ellie Kung

 Export to Your Calendar 8/12/2020
When: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
12:00 PM
Where: Zoom Meeting
United States
Contact: Stacy Morrison

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Diversity and Inclusion Webinar presented by Ellie Krug:

Getting Past the Bumpiness: White Fragility and Skin Color

 

Americans are undergoing seismic shifts  in how we relate  to each other, particularly toward those who are considered “Other,” as one’s “otherness” relates to skin color, socio-economic standing, and country of origin. Many understand that  it  takes personal discomfort and self-reflection  to  begin  the  difficult  conversation about how to be more inclusive of people considered “Other.” Those conversations are challenging because most are fearful of impacting sensitivities—people do not want to feel  “uncomfortable,” either for themselves or others. Sometimes, we’ll  do  almost anything to avoid experiencing discomfort. 

On the other hand, Ellie Krug’s work has revealed that most Americans are very compassionate and caring toward everyone, including those who are “Other.” It’s just that we don’t know how to exercise that compassion or empathy with anyone who’s outside of our comfort bubbles. Thus, most don’t personally interact with humans who are “Other.” 

When it comes to talking about skin color or “race” (the reality is that there are no separate human “races”; rather there are just humans who look different  from one another), we are especially reluctant, even reticent, to take risks. This is particularly true  for white-color people. Often, this reluctance manifests in the form of anger or denial, what one commentator has described as “white fragility.”

Yet, in order to understand America in the ‘20s—when much of the country is finally waking up to understand various inequities--we need to talk about skin color and how the color of one’s skin impacts their opportunities for success on many fronts. The discussion must also logically start with historical facts that show white-color Americans have had a distinct advantage since the country’s founding. The conversation must be paced, compassionate and factual, rather than being emotional or aimed at shaming or guilting. 

How can we begin these exceedingly difficult but necessary conversations? And in the process, can we accept the idea of providing grace or a reprieve from judgment to all involved?  Can we further understand that being human means we will sometimes stumble? 

This  innovative  training  is  about  having  such  conversations. To engage  in  the  training requires openness to new to ideas and some fearlessness, along with a willingness to be uncomfortable. Doing such hard work will result in better understanding  how America got here and how individuals, organizations and the community at large can go forward.  

  

CLM® Application Credit: 1 hour in the category of Organizational Development

CLM® Recertification Credit: 1 hour in the subject area of Communications & Organizational Management (CM).

 

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