Presented by Silicon Valley Education Foundation
Avoiding conflict or uncomfortable conversations can create huge blind spots to the largest issues within our society. This is why it is so important to talk about race. We can no longer let this topic go unspoken at the dining room table or watercooler. While racism in America is centuries old, this movement toward mass public corporate declarations to tackle racism is new. One commitment that many districts and companies have made is to convene employees allowing individuals to discuss race in the workplace. These conversations are based on the Courageous Conversation framework of Glenn Singleton.
In this session, we are discussing "The Second Condition: Keeping The Spotlight On Race".
This condition encourages us to isolate race while acknowledging the broader scope of diversity and the variety of factors that contribute to a racialized problem. The condition focuses on the critical need to address race explicitly and intentionally. Educators not only deepen their understanding of race but also develop skills to acknowledge and address those other diversity-related factors, such as economic status and gender. Through the careful examination of race, educators not only discover new meaning in race but also can authentically recognize the intersection of race and other critical aspects of human diversity. It is extremely difficult to keep the conversation on race. This condition assists educators in avoiding the tendency to divert attention from race.
Joining us this session is Dr. Marck Abraham, the founder and CEO of MEA Consulting Services, LLC, which he designed to help poorly performing schools and organizations increase achievement for all students, especially young men of color.